Large Modern Porch Swing Couch

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 07/14/2020 - 14:42
Difficulty
Beginner
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Build your own porch swing in a couch size!  Fits standard 24 x 24 inch outdoor cushions.  Basic design is easy to build with a simple tools and off the shelf materials.  Free plans by Ana-White.com

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This plan has been updated to increase the back height for more comfort when leaning back and keeping pillows in place.  The original plans are still available here.
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Dimensions
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Dimensions are shown above. Seat is designed to fit 3 - 24" x 24" cushions, or one 24" wide x 72" long cushion.

Preparation

Shopping List
  • 5 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 8 - 1x6 @ 72" long (can also use cedar fence pickets, but must be properly sanded or planed first)
  • 70 - 1-1/2" to 2" long self tapping exterior use screws (look for the star bit ones)
  • 50 - 2-1/2" to 3" long exterior self tapping wood screws (look for the star bit ones)
  • Hardware to hang swing and swing chain

Cut List

2 - 2x4 @ 69" - seat frame front and back

2 - 2x4 @ 25-3/4" - seat frame sides

2 - 2x4 @ 22-3/4" - seat frame center supports

2 - 2x4 @ 16-1/4" - arm rest front supports

4 - 2x4 @ 30-1/4" - back supports

2 - 2x4 @ 27-1/4" - arm rests

8 - 1x6 @ 72" 

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Hammer
Safety Glasses
Drill
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Level
Drill Bit Set

Instructions

Step 1

Use the longer screws to build the frame for the seat, two screws per joint.

Step 2

Add center supports to the seat frame with the longer screws, use two screws per joint.

Step 3

Attach back rest and arm rest supports to the frame, all outside edges flush.  Use three screws per joint, using the longer screws.

Step 4

Attach arm rest to the tops of the arm support and to the back support.  Use two screws per joint, using the longer screws.

Step 5

Attach the top seat slat to the back supports, all outside edges flush, using the shorter screws, two per joint.

Step 6

Attach remaining back supports using the longer screws into the seat frame, two per joint.

Then attach to the top seat slat with shorter screws, two per joint.

Step 7

Attach remaining seat back slats to the back with the shorter screws, two per joint.

Step 8

Attach seat slats to the seat frame, using the shorter screws, two per joint.

Step 9

We hung ours on an existing playground swing set, but your situation may likely vary from mine. Here is a good article on proper hanging of swings. On this swing, you will want to hang from the side aprons of the seat frame - that's where the majority of your weight will be. Also, I hung ours at a very slight (approximately 5 degree) back angle, to increase the comfort level.

DISCLAIMER: This is a very heavy swing and must be properly hung. Build, hang and use at your own risk - We are not liable for personal injury, loss or death from use of swing. 

Comments

DogpackMomma (not verified)

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 14:58

This is great! Thanks for the inspiration! Happy Trails!

Marj (not verified)

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:21

A few years ago, I built a swing and found that the hanging chains needed to be secured to the top of the back so it wasn't so tippy if a child stood on it.

Binh (not verified)

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 17:16

Hi Ana,

Thank you so very much for this plan. Literally, just got back home from HD and Lowe's, with my 2 little girls drooling over their 3-person swings that convert to a hammock/bed position. They've been wanting one since last summer. But, thought we could build a better quality, longer lasting one....if only we had your plans...and here it is, less than 1hr after getting back home! :)

Could you, pretty please, design one with a stand and converts?

THANKS again for all that you do, helping all of us to improve our homes and lives, with each new piece of wood, nails, screws and a little paint!

Guest (not verified)

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 19:19

I have great memories of my grandfathers porch swing. I have a porch but my husband thinks it won't support a swing. I will check out the ones with stands. Thanks for the great plan.

gabbiegal

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 21:12

I requested this a few months ago.. and am so Excited to see these plans. Hoping to get started next week ( That is if i can finish up the outdoor bench I am currently working on)
I may have missed something in step 7, it says here is a good article...but I don't see a link. Thanks for all you do for us Ana. Love this site, and Love your work.

Guest (not verified)

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 07:35

Oh I am so excited to see this design. I would love to know how to make it with a stand so it can be freestanding and moveable.