We get asked all the time about plus size sex swing, so I thought it was time to write something up and share all my current recommendation.
When you are looking for a swing, there are really 2 consideration: Safety and Comfort.
When it comes to safety, sex swings are pretty safe. Most of them are made with things like 2 inch webbing for their straps. 2 inch webbing will have a breaking point of somewhere around 1,000 to 1,200 pounds. So that should be plenty for just about anyone. They usually come supplied with a chain and some types of hooks at the top of the swing. Typically these have breaking points of around 600 to 800 pounds.
The real issues come in the spring and the actual mounting into the ceiling. Most of the swings come with springs that are only rated up to 200 pounds and then they recommend you use the swing without the spring. Everyone knows how I feel about that, and if not, you can read about it here. But springs can be upgraded and there are ways to work around that.
The real challenge is actually mounting the swing. When you screw into your ceiling, you are screwing into the ceiling joist. The strength of the hold in the joist is completely unpredictable. The weight limit for these holds can vary based on if you hit the very center of the joist or are slightly offset. The size of the hook you are using. Things change depending on how square your screw went it. The weight limits are affected by the type of wood you are screwing into since different woods have different hardness’s. Ceiling joist come in different thicknesses such as 8 inch, 6 inch, 4 inch and even 2 inch depending on the type of home, age and geographic location.
So for the ceiling mount, it is very difficult to predict how strong the mount will be short of hiring an engineer. So swing companies and this site always error on the side of caution and say you should assume a lower weight limit.
So for higher weights, there are a few recommendations. You can use a swing stand that has a known weight limit and you can control all the variables. You can use something like the ceiling mount from Screamer where you actually go in the attic and attach a plate to the ceiling joist.
We strongly recommend for all plus size installations to use a dual hook sex swing or a sling style swing. A sling style sex swing has 4 hooks and a dual hook as 2 hooks. What this does is spread the weight out. If you install a dual hook and make sure that both hooks go into a different ceiling joist, you essentially reduce the load on each hook and joist by 50%. This will greatly increase your safety.
The added benefit of these types of swings is they do not have a steel spreader bar overhead. This means if the ceiling mount does fail, there is no 8 pound bar to come down and hit you on the head. You will still fall to the floor, but you are not going to get clobbered by the bar.
When it comes to comfort for plus size swings, you need to look at the width of the swing and the width of the webbing to construct the swing.
Wider webbing will spread the weight more. If a swing uses narrow webbing and a wide pad, it is not very effective since the padding just folds around the narrow webbing and you still have a narrow seat. This causes a lot of pressure on the back of your legs and thighs like sitting on a rope. It is not very comfortable. Wide webbing is better. For standard swings, the range is from the Pleasure swing at 1 ¾ inch webbing up to 4 inches on the Screamer Swings.
In addition to the width of the webbing, the other measurement that matters for plus size swing users is the width of the swing. Most swings are attached to spreader bar where the straps hang down from. If this bar is narrower, the swing is narrower. This puts pressure on your hips when you sit in the swing. It kind of squeezes you and can really hurt in some swings if you have hips.
Spreader bars also vary in width from the Pleasure Swing at 14 inches to the Screamer Single Hook Swing at 22 inches. But even 22 inches is pretty narrow if you are plus size or just have big hips. So at this point we again recommend a dual hook swing or a sling style swing.
With a dual hook and a sling, there is no fixed width. You can set them much wider. Ceiling joist are often 24 inches apart, so I set the hooks 24 inches apart. In some cases, the joists are 16 inches apart so you can set the hook 32 inches apart by skipping a joist in the middle.
By having a swing 24 inches wide, you are going to greatly reduce the pressure on your hips and increase your comfort.
So from a safety stand point and a comfort stand point we have come to the conclusion that a dual hook swing or a sling are best for plus size users.
Now to determine between these 2 is really about personal preference. In my opinion, slings are the most comfortable of the 2 by far, but a sling will be limited in the number of positions you can do. Slings are best for having the girl on her back. A dual hook swing will have all the creative positions available of any other sex swing.
No matter what swing you choose, you may also want to consider adding on a head support of some type. There are head supports that can attach to just about every swing and that will increase your comfort.
Let us know what swings work best for you.