A Must-read for DIY Enthusiasts: How to Build a Porch Swing

How to Build a Porch Swing
A porch swing is a fine way to enjoy the outdoors, where one can relax with their feet up and gently sway to and fro. To know how to build a porch swing, you just need to go through the article below.
Gardenerdy Staff
Last Updated: Feb 26, 2018
Porch swings became popular all across America in the mid-1800s, when people bought houses with huge front yards and built swings; where they spent a lot of leisure time, swinging and enjoying a glass of iced tea or lemonade. They are very popular as leisure furniture in many households. Although ready-made ones are available in the market, nothing is more enjoyable than making one yourself. You can use the same technique for building smaller sets for children too.

Structure
  • These units can mostly seat up to four people.
  • They are generally five to six feet long and about four to five feet wide.
  • The depth is based on individual requirement, but it tends to vary from 20 to 40 inches.
  • Design and style can be incorporated at the back and arm rest.
  • Some prefer keeping it simple, while others love to get artistic by creating a decorative back and arm rest.
  • While building, one should give priority to comfort in its design.
  • Most of them are made of wood, but metal sets have also become quite popular these days.
Materials Needed
  • Treated lumber boards (Length and width as per need)
  • Rust-proof fasteners
  • Jigsaw
  • Circular saw
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Electric drills
  • Screws, nuts, and bolts
  • Galvanized chain
Method
  • Take three rectangular 5-feet long and 1-foot wide pieces of wood, and using the electric drill and galvanized wood screws, secure them together in the shape of a big rectangle. This is the seat.
  • Take four or five (depending on the desired length of the back) rectangular pieces (5-feet long and 1-foot wide again), and attach them in the same way you did for the seat.
  • One can get a ready-made decorative back and arm rest or carve out the design themselves.
  • Assemble the seat and the back frame by securing them together with nuts and bolts at five-inch intervals in between the corners.
  • To build the arm rest, cut two pieces of wood about 1-foot long and another piece 3-feet long.
  • The long pieces are the arm rests, while the shorter ones are their supports.
  • Cut out another set of three wood pieces for the other side.
  • Secure the pieces together, and attach it to the seat.
  • Once this is done, it is time to paint it.
  • Use varnish or paint along with anti-termite treatment for a longer fatigue life.
  • Allow the paint to dry up completely.
  • Determine the position of your swing. This should be done so that while you are seated in it and swaying comfortably, it does not hit a wall and get damaged.
  • Attach two large hooks with the help of screws into the ceiling and beneath the frame (towards the sides of the arm rest).
  • Pass the galvanized chain through the ceiling and the hook, and fasten.
It is important to have a plan for building your own set, before you actually put yourself to the task. There are a few important things one must bear in mind, while undertaking this assignment. Curve out all edges by using a sandpaper. This must be done to smooth out sharp edges to prevent splinter injuries. Ensure safety precautions when operating power tools, and never leave any other tools like saws, screws, etc., unattended (especially if one has children around).
A light wooden plank on a black background
Outdoor porch swing close up