Simple to Build Porch Swing

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 06/25/2019 - 10:48
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Are you enjoying your summer?


Would you enjoy your summer more if you could swing lazily in the afternoons on your very own porch swing?



Well, guess what???  We've got new plans for you to make your own porch swing!!!


You'll need to grab your drill and start building of course before you can grab your ice tea and favorite book and start swinging though!

Before we get to the plans, please take a second to go visit Shanty2Chic to get step by step construction details, finishing materials, and how much they spent on this porch swing!

Enjoy the plans ... and hopefully the swing too!

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Dimensions are shown above


Shopping List

5 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long

2 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long

1 - 1x6 @ 4 feet long

1 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long

Pocket holes are not necessary for this plan, but if you do have a Kreg Jig, you'll want to use the 2 1/2" exterior pocket hole screws. 2 1/2" exterior self-tapping screws for building the frame (unless you assemble with pocket holes) 1 1/2" exterior self tapping screws for attaching seat and back slats Hardware for hanging

Cut List

2 - 2x4 @ 48"

4 - 2x4 @ 18"

4 - 2x4 @ 19 3/4"

1 - 2x4 @ 48"

2 - 2x4 @ 11 1/4"

2 - 2x4 @ 22 1/2"

5 - 1x6 @ 48"

2 - 1x4 @ 48"

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

First, build a basic 2x4 frame.

Step 2

And then attach back supports and top 2x4.

NOTE: If you don't have a pocket hole jig, an alternative is to cut your back boards 3 1/2" longer and omit the top back board.

Step 3

Then attach the front arm supports.

Step 4

And then the arm supports on top.

Step 5

Step 6

And then attach the back seat boards to the back supports.

Step 7

For more details on hanging the swing - please visit Shanty2Chic here.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.



Sat, 06/20/2020 - 19:16

If you are planning on building this I would suggest going to Shanty 2 Chic and using the plans there. The plans here are not for the same swing, the picture shows 5 boards on the back, this one has 4. I did not notice that until I had already assembled everything. Learn from my mistake and save yourself some time.

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