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How To Build A Patio Swing Frame

Step 13 Drill Holes For Eye Bolts And Chain

Drill a 3/8” hole on each side of the 51? long 2×4 for the Eye Bolt and Nut Hooks. Inset the eye hook into the hole and tighten it with washer and nut. Then drill a 3/4” hole in the armrest just above the front eye hook. These armrest holes will be used for the chain to feed thru and attach to the eye hook. Then drill 3/8” holes in the backrest support and install another eye bolt and nut hook. The hook in the backrest will be used just to feed the chain thru.  Attach the chain to all the hooks with 1/4? quick link and hang the bench on your porch to wood beam. You’re done with a DIY outdoor swing bench!

Photo 2: Cut The Curved Pieces

Clamp the seat support parts to the workbench to keep them from wandering while you cut the curves. Follow the pattern in Fig. A to accurately copy the curves for the seat frames as well as the arms. Sand along the curves after cutting.

Knots can weaken a board and spell disaster, especially on furniture. Also, stay away from cedar, redwood and soft pine for this project. They’ll mar easily and won’t hold screws as well as other, denser woods. Excellent wood choices are fir, Southern yellow pine, cypress, poplar, white oak and maple. Oak and maple are harder to cut, sand, drill and screw, so if you’re a first-timer, avoid them. We chose poplar because it’s strong, readily available, easy to work and takes paint well.

Cut all the parts to the dimensions in the Cutting List . Using a table saw, make 1x3s from your 1x6s . Then notch the front arm supports as shown in Fig. A. Draw the curved shapes onto hardboard as shown in Photo 2 and trace them onto boards, or simply draw the one inch square grids directly onto the pieces. Cut them out with your jigsaw and sand the curves smooth with 100-grit sandpaper. Drill seven-eighths inch diameter holes with a sharp spade bit into parts A for the front pipe hanger.

How To Build A Swing Stand

Attaching base supports

The first step of the project is to build the base of the swing stand out of 2×6 lumber. Round the corners of the beams and smooth them with 120-grit sandpaper. Drill pilot holes and secure the beams to the 4×4 posts with 3 1/2? galvanized screws. Add waterproof glue to the joints and make sure the corners are square.

Remember that these are just guidelines. You can easily adjust the size of the base components, as well as the height of the posts to suit your very own needs and tastes.

Attaching the base braces

Continue the project by attaching the 4×4 braces to the base of the swing stand. Cut both ends of the braces at 45 degrees and fit them to the stand, as described in the diagram. Drill pilot holes and secure the braces to the structure using 3 1/2? screws. Add waterproof glue to the joints.

Building the top ridge

Build the top beam out of 4×4 lumber. Make two notches to the beams, as described in the diagram. Smooth the recess with a chisel and with sandpaper.

Fitting the top ridge

Attach the top beam to the 4×4 posts, as shown in the diagram. Add waterproof glue to the joints and insert 4? screws through the top beam into the vertical posts. Double-check if the corners are square, before inserting the screws. Insert at least two screws to each joint and add plenty of waterproof glue to secure them into place.

Attaching the braces

Porch swing stand plans



The Diy Pallet Swing Bed Design

The Pallet Furniture DIY site provides project plans for creating this rustic, upcycled porch bed swing. You can place it on a patio, inside a gazebo or situate it within your enclosed porch to create a restful spot to read during the summer months or kick back and take a nap in the spring evening hours.

You can also load it up with a mattress and pillow, and other swing set accessories, finding attractive complements to the bed swing’s rustic ropes and pallet board design.

Backyard Swing Stand With Arbor From Myoutdoorplans

How To Build A Freestanding Porch Swing Frame

This swing stand from MyOutdoorPlans is a great choice if you want a sturdy project but you want a more individualized design. The top arbor really adds value to the stand. You can easily adjust the size of the wooden stand, so that you can accommodate any swing bench. MyOutdoorPlans is one of the most reputable source of free woodworking plans on the internet, so you don’t have to worry about the accuracy of the plans. Read More >>


The Chained Wooden Swing Plan

This wooden swing is a modification of the previous model. In contrast to the light blue porch swing, this one has a taller back and narrow seat.

You will need 2 -1/2? and 1-1/2? self-tapping screws to assemble it and three eye bolts on each side to hang it. After you build a porch swing, it only makes sense to build a DIY picnic table so there’s even more versatile outdoor seating space. 

Materials List Fastening Detail

You will need…All the lumber listed below is 100×100 stock and should be suitable for exterior use.

  • 4 pieces at 2400 long. Cut the legs from this.
  • 1 piece at 2700 long. For the beam.
  • 1 piece at 3000 long. Cut the braces from this.

You will also need….

  • Galvanized nail-on plate. 2 at 100×100 ; 10 at 125×50 ; 2 at 150×50 .
  • All of the above can be cut out of bigger size plates if necessary.
  • Four 12mm galvanized bolts 220mm long.
  • Two 10mm galvanized bolts 150mm long. To hang the swing seat chain off.
  • 140 50mm flathead galvanized nails.
  • A handful of 100mm galvanized nails.

The Arbor Covered Porch Swing Build

My Outdoor Plans provide instructions for creating a modern covered porch swing. This arbor-style swing has a trellised top that provides some protection from the scorching sun.

The project plans include a materials list, required tools, and walk you through constructing the floor frame, fitting the decking, how to attach the posts, how to assemble its support beams, constructing the rafters, creating the braces and fitting all of the elements together to create a style porch swing.

The Diy Salvaged Porch Swing Loveseat Build

This adorable loveseat swing is so breathtaking that you won’t be able to resist it. And the cool thing is that it’s made of salvaged materials – a footboard, a , and a solid wood door.

You can make it as big as you want by modifying the provided plans. Another thing that you’ll have to do is drill holes to thread the ropes, but it’s definitely worth this extra effort.

The Diy Outdoor Cushioned Pallet Swing Build

This ultimate summer swing is built from pallets and cost under $30 to make.

The builder describes creating a comfy back support by breaking down the shipping pallets and using 2 coats of blue outdoor wood paint.

They decided to use white nylon rope that they threaded through the boards as well as the top of the bench to make sure it was structurally sound. For the cushioning, they repurposed some old patio cushions and then made one large slipcover out of a weather-resistant flamingo pattern fabric.

#8 Porch Swing In A Firepit

Are you planning toupgrade your home and make a fire pit outside? Why not be generous with the improvementsand install a porch swing as well?

For those who have plansof having a fire pit installed, this is a great addition to that improvement.Not only does it aesthetically improve the look of the garden, it’s also agreat meeting place for the family regardless of the day.

In this porch swing plan,you’ll be required to install columns and multiple porch swings surrounding thefire pit. It will entail a lot of workbut is sure worth it once everything is complete.

Even with such a hugeproject, the creator of this plan made sure that anyone can follow hisinstructions. For those who want to further improve in DIY and woodworking,this is a huge and challenging but equally fulfilling project.

This is more than enoughfor this to be included in our list.

The Black Steel Pipe Porch Swing Design

To build a classic porch swing in the weekend, you only need to follow these step-by-step instructions and pictures. Unlike other porch swings, this one has a unique suspension system – a 1/2? pipe with eye bolts fastened through it. In this way, the pipe acts as a cradle and eliminates stress in critical joints.

To finish this DIY project you’ll need a table saw, a circular saw, and a jigsaw.

Step 2: Attaching The Braces

How To Build A Porch Swing Stand


We will also use 4×4 lumber for the diagonal braces. These braces are needed to prevent the lateral movements. Mark the cut lines to the beams and get the job done with a circular saw.


Plumb the side frames for the swing stand. In addition make sure the corners are square. Fit the braces to the frame of the stand, drill pilot holes through the braces and insert 5 1/2? screws into the framing.


Fit the 2×6 braces to the base of the A-frames. Make 17 degree cuts to both ends of the braces and then clamp them to the base of the posts. Drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2? screws to lock them into place.


Fit the 2×6 skids to the base of the A-frames, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the skids and insert 2 1/2? screws into the braces and legs. Before inserting the screws make sure the skids are centered into place. Leave no gaps between the components.


Use 2×6 lumber for the stretcher. Drill pocket holes at both ends before centering it to the skids. Leave no gaps between the components and make sure the corners are square. Insert 2 1/2? screws to set the stretcher into place tightly.


Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, doublecheck all the joints and fill the holes with wood putty. Smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper, before applying stain or paint.




The Twin Mattress Rope Porch Swing Build

The Look Linger Love blog partnered with a local store to build a cushioned porch swing that’s suspended by thick, braided gold rope. This DIY hanging porch swing is engineered to accommodate a twin mattress-making it an especially spacious place to rest and relax on balmy summer days.

The website is a little scant on the actual wooden swing set plans, but it can serve as inspiration for building out your own porch bed swing.

Cut Each Post To 8 Feet

Carefully measure each post to 8 feet off the ground; use a string level to make sure the marks on the posts are level with each other. Use a reciprocating or circular saw to cut the posts flat at the marks.

Cut Post Tops

Once the concrete is dry, carefully measure each post to 8 feet off the ground; use a string level to make sure the marks on the posts are level with each other. Use a reciprocating or circular saw to cut the posts flat at the marks. Set the excess wood aside to make the swing supports.

The Amish Style Porch Swing Set Design

Another DIY swingset option from My Outdoor Plans is this basic option.

The detailed planning instructions show you how to build the swing frame, how to attach the cleats how to fit the trim, how to fit the bench supports, and how to attach everything together into a fully assembled wooden porch swing bench.

The Upcycled Antique Table Top Porch Swing Idea

This antique porch swing will be ideal if you want a stylish swing that could accommodate three people comfortably.

It’s made from recycled material – an antique table top for a seat, a door for a backrest, table leg braces as armrest and table legs as posts.

The finished swing porch looks so good that you’ll never guess what the builder has used.

Store The Parts Separately

When you buy a full set of swing to assembly or even cutting boards to build the swing yourself, you must have realized that this simple entertaining item has a lot of parts.

To make sure you will not lost them in the middle of the process, you will need a lot of boxes to store them. Put the boards for frame in a box and the boards for the seat in another box.

It also applies for the screws. This tiny item could make you go crazy if lost. Therefore, it is better to put them inside a labeled small container, sorted by the size. Lastly, read the instruction carefully and assemble your very own swing!

Build Swing Seat For Arbor

This simple, custom swing is a good fit for the freestanding arbor frame above. Use a jigsaw and cut the seat supports on a curve for a more comfortable seat.

Measure and Cut Lumber for the Swing Seat

This simple, custom swing is a good fit for the freestanding arbor frame above.

Use a jigsaw and cut the seat supports on a curve for a more comfortable seat. Draw the curve before cutting and make sure the pieces match exactly.

Lumber Sizes:

  • back uprights : 28″
  • seat supports : 24″


  • Rip a piece of 1×6 lengthwise to 3-1/2″ wide, then cut two pieces 20″ long for the armrests.


  • front uprights : 13-1/2″
  • arm rails : 24″
  • stretchers/back supports : 39″
  • back cleat : 48″


Step 4 Cut And Attach First 2 Wide Seat Board

Now take two 1×6 boards and cut them in half to 48? in length. Then rip the 48” long board in half with a table saw. So now you’ll have eight boards that are 48” by 2 ½”. Place the first 48” by 2 1/2? board at the start of the curve which is 3 5/8 from the miter cut. Use a Nail Gun with 1 1/4? Brad Nails to attach this board to seat supports.

Determine Location And Dig Postholes

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Choosing the proper location plays a major role in successfully building a swing set. It’s best to find a flat, level area which is slightly shaded and within view from the home’s main living areas. Once location has been decided, use a measuring tape and spray paint to mark a 12-foot span onto the ground . Referring to spray-painted markings, dig two 3-foot-deep postholes, one at each end, using a posthole digger .

Create The Back Of The Seat Frame

• Lay the back rail flat on the work surface with its pocket holes facing upward.• Position the ends of the backrest with their pocket holes facing downward, perpendicular at each end and flush with the bottom edge of the rail.• Drive pocket hole screws through the back rail and into the boards.

• Flip the assembly and lay the middle support between the backrest’s ends with its pocket holes facing upward.• Secure the board centered on the height of the end boards.• Position the uppermost board above the ends.• Drive pocket hole screws through the end boards and into the horizontal board to secure it in place.

Photo 6: Cut The Top Curves

Trace the top curves on the front side of the back assembly using a simple homemade beam compass. Nail one end of the compass 14 inches from the top and in the center of the 1×6 back slat. Insert your pencil into the one-quarter inch hole drilled in the other end of the compass. Cut along the mark with your jigsaw.

Step 3: Add The Rails

After all four posts were in place, I cut all of the rails. These are the horizontal pieces that connect all of the posts. I attached all of the back rails first. Then the side rails. Refer to the illustration below for lengths and spacing.

As I mentioned earlier, I really wanted to design this swing to be super simple to build with only straight cuts that could be done with the miter saw, but then I got to the armrest pieces which required a little extra cutting. I first cut each arm piece to length from a piece of 1×3. Then I had to use a jigsaw to cut out a notch for it to fit around the back post as you can see below.

After I finished these cuts, I glued and nailed them in place as shown in the illustration. Then I added 1×3 trim around the bottom of the swing on all four sides using glue and 1 1/4? nails.

The final step in the building process was adding the top to the back and a middle rail support. For the top piece, I used 1×4 and for the middle support, I used 1×3.

Photo 7: Join The Back And Seat Assemblies

Hang the lower part of the back assembly over the edge of the work surface to make room as you slide the seat assembly onto it. Align the rear stringer of the seat assembly with a mark drawn 2-1/2 in. from the bottom of the back assembly. Glue the joint, then clamp and screw the assemblies together.

Create a large work surface by laying a sheet of plywood across sawhorses . Glue and screw the front stringer to the front arm braces . Next, fasten this assembly to the seat braces and rear stringer to complete the seat frame assembly . Drill through the front arm braces with your seven-eighths inch drill bit after you’ve glued and screwed the side seat braces to them . These two holes will complete the pathway for the front pipe support .

After you assemble the arm braces, stringers and seat braces, glue and screw the curved front arm supports to the sides of B as shown in Fig. A.

Assemble the back as shown in Fig. A and Photo 5. Cut one-quarter inch spacers from scrap wood to help maintain consistent spacing.

Start at the center and work out to the sides. When you get to the fourth slat on each side, check your spacing; you may need to adjust it so the outer edge of the tapered slat is flush with the end of the lower back brace .

Grab the seat frame assembly you built earlier and finesse it onto the backrest assembly . It’s crucial to align the rear seat frame stringer to the 2-1/2 in. line on the backrest so the rest of the assembly will fit together.

How To Hang A Porch Swing Bench

On your porch, locate a thick beam or a joist and drill a pilot hole in the center of the beam. The hole needs to be smaller than the screw-eye hook. It’s important to drill a pilot hole before screwing in the screw-eye because otherwise the beam will splinter and weaken the structural integrity of the beam. Once the holes are drilled, turn the screw-eye as far as it will go. Then attach the chain of the swing to the screw-eye with a 1/4? quick link.

Lawn Swing Stands And A


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If you’ve ever wanted a porch swing but don’t have the proper beams or place to hang it, get an A-Frame! Our Lawn Swing Stands and A-Frames serve as a support beam for your swing. These swing stands are perfect if you desire portability or just want to hang your swing in a variety of areas. 

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Lawn Swing Stands and A-Frames are perfect swing accessories for people who like to have the freedom to place their swings. Porch swing stands even allow you to move your  to a different location in your garden, depending on the season. In the spring, you would like your swing closer to the house, in the summer you need a bit of shade from a large tree, in the fall it is great to place it next to a flowering shrub to be closer to nature.

Lawn Swing Stands and A-Frames are often made of metal or wood and are guaranteed to sustain the type and size of swing you are buying. Most swing stand frames have a 500 lbs weight capacity to swing 2 or 3 adults safely. Keep your swing stand well maintained, and all swing hanging hardware well oiled and the stand will serve you for many years.


The $40 24 Porch Swing Design

This 2×4 porch swing is an excellent choice for amateur builder because there are well-written instructions and an informative video to facilitate the building process.

As for hanging the swing, you’ll need four 3/8? eye bolts or 3-1/2? ones. You should drill holes in the armrest, and the slat supports to insert the eye bolts.

Think Ahead When Working With Cedar

How to build a wooden porch swing frame

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Cedar lumber usually has one smooth side and one rough side. So when you’re making pairs of parts, it’s easy to end up with a mismatch: one part with the smooth side visible, the other with the rough. Here’s another cedar wood project to DIY.

How to Avoid a Mismatch: When using one part to mark its twin, place the smooth sides face to face.

Finish Building The Sides

• Apply glue to the top end of an armrest support.• Position the armrest flat on top of the armrest support, flush with its front face.• Drive pocket hole screws through the armrest support and into the underside of the armrest.• Repeat to attach the remaining armrest.• Stand the front and back assemblies upright, and install the side rail between them, flush with the outside edge and with the rails’ pocket holes facing inward.• Finish by driving screws through the back end of the armrest and into the backrest’s vertical end boards.

Making Two Galvanized U

  • The top of each “A�? frame requires a U-shaped nail-on plate as shown in fig.6.
  • Each U-shaped plate can be made by clamping a 150×50 nail-on plate between two 100×100 pieces of lumber and then by hammering down the parts that jut out, as shown in fig.5.
  • Each U-shaped plate can then be fixed to the top of the two “A�? frames with 50mm flathead galvanized nails.

Free Garden Swing Plans

If you have kids or you miss the kid in you, building a garden swing is one of those life changing projects. Building a swing means freedom and creativity, so why not take up the plunge and invest in your happiness? There are several designs you can choose, starting with the classic A-frame structure up to more complex arbor stands.

I have gathered the best free garden swing plans on the internet to help you with the woodworking project. In addition, I have selected only the plans that come with detailed instructions and with a materials list, so that you can save time and money.


Place Frame In Holes Then Level And Secure Them

With the help of a friend, place each of the 4×4 posts into the holes . Hold level up against each of the 4×4 posts to ensure they are perfectly level. Create temporary bracing to keep posts level by attaching a 2×4 to the 4×4 using wood screws, with the opposite end of the 2×4 resting on the ground . When leveling the 4×4 side posts, be sure to level the top 6×6 beam as well.

Photo 8: Fit The Pipes

Cut and drill the pipes and slide them into the holes. File the inside of the seven-eighths inch hole in the arm support with a coarse half-round file if the support pipe won’t easily slide through. The rear support pipe should fit snugly under the center back brace as it protrudes through each arm support.

Porch Swing Diy Plans

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    Going outside, even ifit’s just outside your house while looking at your lawn and garden, could feelrelaxing. After all, nature has a way its own way of “recharging” people justby being exposed.

    This is when a porchswing in your garden or lawn becomes truly useful. It gives you an area whereyou can enjoy the view while being relaxed.

    If you think store-boughtporch swings do not appeal to your taste, why not make one instead?

    We’ve listed some porchswing plans that you can try making on your own and customize based on yourliking.


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