38 Free DIY Porch Swing Plans & Ideas to Build at Home

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38 Free DIY Porch Swing Plans & Ideas to Build at Home

porch swing plans

Porch swings are a wonderful way of kicking back and relaxing after a hard days work.

There’s a lot of fun to derive from building your own porch swing. There are many designs out there ranging from simple, intermediate, to advanced.

In short, you can’t fail to get something you can be able to tackle. Talking about DIY porch swing plans, we’ve got some inspirational ideas you may want to adopt.

Read more and decide which one fits your skill level and outdoor setting.

After you've used one of these ideas to make your DIY porch swing, come back and browse my other free building plans so you can build a wooden swing set, hammock stand, outdoor bench, and many more. 

 Porch Swing Seat

This is a porch swing with a professional look. Well, despite its professional look, this porch swing requires just basic tools to build.

With two seats, you get to share the relaxation with family or friends. The designer builds this porch swing using treated pines boards and hardwood boards.

He uses 1-1/2 x 3-1/2-inch boards to build the frame and 3/4 x 3-1/2-inch boards to build the seat and the back. The armrests are built using 3/4 x 5-3/4-inch boards.

This DIY porch swing hangs from chains and has an adjustable back designed to provide varying degrees of comfort.

In this DIY porch swing plan, the designer uses bolts to hold the pieces together.

2. Wooden Porch Swing for Under $100

$100 Wooden Porch Swing

Here’s a porch swing that has a stylish look you get from those $500 store-bought porch swings. This porch swing plan lets you build one at just the fraction of the cost.

Lane, the designer of this porch swing, builds it using three sizes of boards. He uses five pieces of 2 x 4 boards, five pieces of 1 x 4 boards, and ten pieces of 1 x 2 boards.

The pieces are held together with screws and bolts. I like the weatherproof zinc-plated chain that Lane uses. A splash of paint is added for more weather resistant properties.

Finished, this DIY porch swing measures 65 inches long. It’s spacious enough to fit up to four kids.

3. 2 x 4 DIY Porch Swing

2x4 Porch Swing

Save yourself the need of having to cut different sizes of lumber to build a porch swing. This porch swing plan lets you do so with just two by four boards.

It requires only eight pieces of 2 x 4-inch boards 8 feet long. This porch swing is made 48 inches long. Expect to do some gluing in this project.

The boards are held together using 3/8-inch eye bolts. According to the designer, this porch swing takes about 5 hours to build.

Expect to spend around $40 as the total cost of the project.

4. Redwood DIY Adirondack Swing

Adirondack Swing

Who doesn’t like the relaxation you get from Adirondack chairs? Well, this DIY porch swing plan makes such level of relaxation a reality.

The designer models it after the classic Adirondack chair with seats for two. The rails, seat, and back are built using 1 x 4-inch boards.

1 x 6-inch boards are used to build the armrests. The uprights of this porch swing are built from 2 x 4-inch boards.

Complete, this porch swing spans 48 inches long. This DIY porch swing plan comes complete with a cut list, cut list diagrams, and the building instructions.

5. Baby Crib to Porch Swing

baby crib to porch swing

Truth be told, this is an amazing transformation that you’ll surely love. Lolly Jane designers are the brains behind this transformation.

This is a great way to upcycle a crib. The designers build it to feature two seats with a pretty cool slat design on the back.

The porch swing is given a splash of white paint to add more resistance against weather. Lolly Jane designers go further to add a distressed look giving the porch swing a vintage touch.

6. Woven DIY Hanging Bench

Beach Hut Handwoven Porch Swing

Now, here’s a porch swing with a look you just can’t resist.well, I call it a porch swing with a natural twist.

This swing has a wooden frame made of pressure-treated lumber. Some kind of sisal rope is woven and twisted over the frame to create one sturdy support.

This is a frameless DIY porch swing with plenty of space to hold up to three grownup adults with some room to spare.

The swing is hang up using ropes. Remember to settle for a strong rope so that the structural integrity of the porch swing isn’t compromised.

7. $74 Cedar Porch Swing

Cedar ‘Love Bird’ Porch Swing

There’s something about cedar that almost everyone loves. It has a good level of natural weather resistance with a smooth finish that adds some professional touch to your woodworking project.

Well, the designer of this DIY porch swing plan settles for cedar as the main building material. She uses ten pieces of 1 x 2-inch boards, three pieces of 1 x 4-inch boards, and two pieces of 1 x 6-inch boards.

The designer takes the relaxation provided by this porch swing a notch higher by adding two built-in cup holders. Flat washers and nuts hold the boards together.

This DIY porch swing spans 43 inches long. I must say that this is a very detailed tutorial that outlines every step needed to build this porch swing.

8. 600-Pound DIY Porch Swing

Classic Swing

This porch swing is a beautiful outdoor furniture piece that looks pretty simple to build. The designers make it just large enough to fit up to two persons.

This porch swing plan uses 2 x 4-inch boards as the major building material. The boards are used for the seat and back.

A sheet of 3/4-inch plywood 4 x 4 feet is used to build the armrests. U brackets give this porch swing a good level of stability. No wonder it can hold up to 600 pounds.

This porch swing spans 20.5 inches wide. It’s built in 5 steps that include instructions and illustration diagrams.

9. Crib Mattress DIY Porch Swing

Crib Mattress Porch Swing

Add comfort and “wow factor” to your living space with this DIY porch swing plan. This is a good project for those that have an extra crib mattress lying around.

The swing spans 52 inches long and 26.5 inches wide. Corey, the designer of this porch swing, builds it using plywood and lumber.

The swing takes eight pieces of 1 x 4-inch boards, three pieces of 1 x 2-inch boards, and three pieces of 2 x 3-inch boards.

The plywood covers the seat area to give a smooth and level sitting platform. Side supports are made to sit high at the same level with the back. 

According to Corey, this DIY porch swing has a weight limit of around 425 pounds.

10. DIY Porch Swing with Support Legs

DIY A-Frame Porch Swing

Who said you need to have a porch to enjoy the relaxation that a porch swing has to provide? Well, this porch swing plan gives something a little bit versatile and durable enough to withstand outdoor use.

This porch swing comes with its own support legs making it a complete unit. The legs sit 87 inches tall and widen at the base for maximum stability.

This porch swing spans 54 inches wide and hangs from the support frame using chains. A top and base trim adds a decorative touch to it.

11. DIY Swinging Bed from Pallets

DIY Pallet Swing Bed

Marcie Goodman comes up with this plan of a swinging bed. That means you get somewhere to sit or rest.

She makes her porch swing using boards sourced from pallets. I think that makes it a good idea for DIYers on budget.

The board sizes used in building this swing are 1 x 2 and 4 x 4. The use of pilot holes is employed here to ensure that the boards fit accurately.

Bolted together, the boards become much easier to take apart when the need arises. L-shape brackets add stability and decorative brackets give it a touch of elegance.

The boards are sanded to a smooth finish and coated in polyurethane paint for improved resistance against weather elements.

12. $100 Porch Swing

DIY Porch Swing

Kim’s porch swing plan takes stability to a whole new level. From the chain to the links, this swing is designed to take a lot of loading without giving in.

Kim builds the swing five feet long. Well, taking adult persons into consideration, I bet that the swing can accommodate at least three people.

The slats used for the back, seat, and armrests come wide for great user comfort. In this case, Kim uses 1 x 6-inch boards. The frame is built using 2 x 4-inch boards.

This tutorial has a complete set of instructions and cut list to guide you.

13. DIY Porch Swing with Antique Touch

Door Into Summer Repurposed Swing

This swing is a perfect combination of style and comfort. The designer decides to settle for a timeless, antique look that blends well in any outdoor setting.

Instead of the slat design used in most porch swings, he uses a salvaged antique tabletop and antique paneled door.

The door is used to build the back support while the tabletop makes the seat. This swing is roomy enough to sit at least three people.

The designer gives it a distressed finish for that sweet, old touch.

14. Freestanding Abhor Swing

Freestanding Arbor Swing

Let’s face it, freestanding swings are one of the most outstanding. The designer makes this porch swing four feet wide.

I like the spacing used on the support posts. Placed nine feet apart, you get some 2.5 feet clearance on both sides when the swing is attached.

In this porch swing plan, the designer recommends digging a deeper hole for the posts for maximum stability. Cementing it in place might make a good alternative.

Cross beams are added to give a level of stability you can depend on. This wing has a curved seat that conforms to the natural body contour.

From start to finish, this swing takes 10 steps to finish. You’ll need to have advanced woodworking skill to get this project right. According to the designer, it takes around 2 days to finish this project.

15. Rustic Porch Swing from Tongue-and-Groove Lumber

From Scratch’ Porch Swing

This is quite a natural take on a porch swing. Instead of using boards for the framing pieces, the designer settles for cedar poles.

The large size of the poles is quite tricky to hold with screws. So the designer opts for tongue-and-groove joints that hold the frame in place.

Boards are then screwed onto the frame to create a slat design for the seat and backrest. The designer builds this swing six feet long though the size is more of a personal preference.

This DIY porch swing is built in 6 steps. It’s a project for DIYers with advanced woodworking skills and takes about 2 days to complete.

16. DIY Swing Bed with Extended Base Frame

Garden Party Arbor Style Porch Swing

Courtney’s design gives you 68 x 39 inches of pure swinging comfort. She builds the swing using two timber board sizes.

The armrests have deep flares that create plenty of room to accommodate built-in cup holders. Wide gaps between the slats used on the seat and backrest for improved drainage.

The bottom rails extend out to provide room for attaching the cable support. Courtney uses heavy-duty cable and hardware to add an industrial vibe to the overall look.

This swing bed is adorned in pillows and fitted with a mattress to make a comfortable relaxation platform.

17. Country Style Hanging Porch Swing

Hanging Porch Swing

Bill goes for the good, old country style. He builds his porch swing using untreated lumber. Well, the true size of the swing isn’t given so you can decide on a size that looks good to you.

The boards are planed down and sanded into a smooth finish. It seems Bill likes to build his porch swing the old way.

Instead of joining the boards using screws or nails, he settles for the old style of mortise and tenon joinery. This type of joinery attaches the boards together for added strength.

The ends are glued in place. Bill gives this porch swing a splash of rustic paint for a vintage look. This is a freestanding swing supported by metal posts.

18. Back Porch Headboard Swing

Headboard Swing

This DIY porch swing looks more like a cozy seat suspended mid-air. Claire builds it using a beautiful, salvaged headboard.

The headboard goes into making the back support for the swing. It’s slightly angled to add more comfort. The seating area has a slat design made using planks.

Claire adds arms on the sides and gives the swing a splash of blue paint. She puts pillows to add that cushy feel to the seat and back support.

19. Heavy Duty Porch Swing

Heavy Duty Porch Swing

This porch swing is made of durable stain-grade lumber designed to take some beating and withstand years of use. The designer connects the pieces with bolted joints that make the swing feel rock solid.

The supports under the seat have dado joints to let the pieces sit flush to each other. Slats cover the seat and back support to provide improved drainage.

According to the designer, this swing has the capacity to support up to 800 pounds. At around six feet long, it fits at least three people with some room to spare.

Eight steps are involved in building this DIY porch swing. Those planning to use pine lumber for construction should expect to spend around $60 on lumber.

20. Classic DIY Porch Swing

High Back Porch Swing

Simplicity and style are what you get from this porch swing plan. In fact, you only need to make some simple cuts and glue the pieces together.

The swing has a stylish back support built with a curve to the top. Just from the look of it, this swing accommodates at least two people since it’s built with two seats.

The slats are placed close together with a horizontal alignment on the seat and vertical alignment on the back support.

According to the designer, this porch swing plan is of moderate complexity. Just a weekend and you’ll be done with it. Expect to spend between $100-$500 on this project.

21. Large Modern Porch Swing/Bench

Modern Porch Swing

Designers at Anna White build this porch swing to give you all the space you need to lounge or take a nap. That’s made possible with a deep seat that fits standard cushions for improved user comfort.

A large part of this swing is built using 2 x 4 lumber with some pieces of 1 x 6-inch boards. In this plan, you can choose to use either rope or chains to hang the swing.

In this case, the designers use four ropes with a rated weight limit of 800 pounds. At 72 inches long, the seat is spacious enough to fit at least three people.

The tutorial comes complete with the instructions and cut diagrams. A total of seven steps are involved in building this porch swing.

According to designers at Anna White, this project is a good recommendation for beginners. The total cost is estimated to be between $20-$50.

22. $30 DIY Outdoor Pallet Swing

Outdoor Pallet Swing Plan

Get the best in summer relaxation with this porch swing. Becky, the designer of this swing, builds it using boards salvaged from two pallets.

One full-size pallet makes up the seat area. The other pallet is cut into half and one piece used to build the back support.

Becky sands the pallets to a smooth look and gives them a splash of paint to create a weather resistant coating.

This swing is built without the armrests to create some more room for lounging. Becky makes this much simpler by including a video tutorial for building this DIY porch swing.

23. Sheltered DIY Porch Swing

Outdoor Swing Bed

Now here’s something you can use regardless of the weather. Brittany comes up with this pretty cool porch swing plan.

Well, this is a plan for two projects. One involves building a swing and the other building a tin roof shelter that doubles as a support for the swing.

The swing has a large seat with overhang on the sides. The overhang provides a surface where the chains are attached. Armrests and back support feature a beautiful slat design.

Well, this porch swing has a seat large enough to fit up to four people. Brittany adds planters to the sides of the shelter so you can turn into a raised bed garden if you wish.

24. Flat DIY Pallet Board Bed Swing

Picket Fences Free-Form Swing

Want a bed with a swing? I bet you’ll like this porch swing plan. Unlike most swings out there, this one is made flat. I mean it has no back support.

Jennifer builds this swing using two pallets to cut down the cost. Laid end to end, the pallets form a large swing bed that is 6 feet long and 4 feet wide. 

Jennifer uses 2 x 4-inch boards to connect the two pallets together into one piece. She adds four patio chair cushions on top of the platform transforming it into one cozy bed.

The cushions are attached to each other to form one piece that looks more like a mattress. Jennifer finishes by hanging the bed from a vertical support using ropes.

25. Classic Bench Swing with Curved Seat

Porch Swing

One thing I noted about this bench swing is the large, curved seat that has a little extension at the front for more support. Burch builds this swing using two different sizes of lumber.

He connects the boards the old style using mortise and tenon joints. Beautiful bottleneck slats and rounded top adorn the back support to create one decorative piece of furniture.

The seat is covered in horizontal slats. Burch builds the seat 19 inches wide. It has a nice curvature that conforms to the natural body contour for maximum comfort.

Burch uses red oak lumber in this project. This tutorial has everything you need ranging from cut diagrams, supply list, to building instructions.

26. Repurposed DIY Porch Swing

Porch Swing Delight

Meet Jasmin as she shows how you can build a porch swing from junk. Well, her plan isn’t that detailed so I’ll just give you a peek of the design and materials.

Well, this swing is built using a salvaged two-seater chair and a headboard. I like the beautiful floral design used on the headboard.

The seat is given a distressed look that blends well with the antique design of the headboard. Jasmin puts cushions on her porch swing for a cozy feel. This swing fits at least two people.

27. $150 DIY Porch Swing

Porch Swing Plan

This is one beautiful swing that can’t go unnoticed when placed outdoors. Peter builds this swing with a beautiful slat design on the seat, back support, and armrests.

Cutouts are made on the slats at a uniform spacing to add an extra touch of beauty to this porch swing. Peter gives the swing a splash of yellow paint coated in a satin polyurethane finish.

I like this kind of staining as it emphasizes the natural wood grain on the boards. According to Peter, this swing can be built by a DIYer with average woodworking skills and takes just one weekend to finish.

Most of the cuts are done using a circular saw and table saw. Peter includes a video tutorial of the building process.

28. Porch Swing Fire Pit

Porch-Swing Fire Pit

There is a whole avenue of options out there when it comes to creative DIY porch swing plans. However, I must say that this particular plan stands out quite unique.

Well, this plan is not for one swing but four. It goes without saying that it makes a good option for family relaxation. The swings come in a freestanding design supported by six posts connected by two hexagon frames at the top.

This support frame is built around a fire pit placed at the center. Here, the designer builds a support frame that spans 25 feet across.

Four swing benches hang from the frame using ropes. This porch swing plan will help you and your family keep warm in cold weather. The designer builds it in 12 simple steps.

29. Sturdy DIY Swing Bed with Trimmed Top

Portland Summer Porch Rope Swing

Well, this is a sturdy piece of furniture full of pure relaxation. Tammy doesn’t give a lot of details for this porch swing plan.

But she includes illustration diagrams of the building process. She uses pine lumber cut into five different board sizes.

Her swing has a beautiful slat design on the seat, back, and sides of the armrests. Tammy builds the armrests to sit at a level height with the top of the back support.

Gaps are left between the slats for good drainage and holes drilled through the lower rails where strong manila rope threads through.

This is one solid swing that fits at least two people.

30. Rustic DIY Porch Swing with 4-6 Chain Links

Shanty2Chic Porch Swing

Shanty 2 Chic designers build this solid porch swing that has a rustic, vintage look. I like the way the swing is hung at an angle to provide a more comfortable back support.

The slats used on the back support are spaced wide. In fact, the designers use only three slats on the back. The seat is built using closely spaced slats to create a cool contrast with the slats on the back support.

Pocket holes are used here to hide the screws away. Chains are attached to the hooks fitted on the ends of the swing.

You have the option of hanging this porch swing using four chains or six chains. The latter provides a good level of stability and adjustability.

31. Simple DIY Porch Swing from Repurposed Bench

Simple Porch Swing

Simple yet sturdy is the perfect definition of this swing. Well, that doesn’t mean it lacks when it comes to style.

In short, the designer gives a creative porch swing plan that’s a perfect blend of simplicity and style. She obtains the boards used to build the swing from a salvaged bench.

This swing spans 5 feet long. Closely spaced slats are used on the seat area while two large, widely spaced slats are used on the back support.

This tutorial has a detailed cut list, cut diagrams, and all the instructions you need to build this solid porch swing.

32. DIY Porch Swing with Curved Seat

Summer Swing

Add more fun to summer relaxation with this porch swing. It stands out unique in a curved top slat for the back support and a comfortable curved seat.

The back support is constructed using two different slat sizes. Uniform slats are used for the seat area and spaced to leave some small gaps for drainage.

The back support sits at an angle for improved comfort. This swing is made 4 feet long to accommodate at least three people.

The designer outlines 7 steps used in building it. All the instructions and cut list are included in the tutorial.

33. 2-Seater Porch Swing with 340-Pound Weight Capacity

Sweet Dreams Hanging Day Bed Swing

One look at this porch swing and you might think that it requires master woodworking skills to build. Well, the good news is that you only require basic tools and skills to take on this project.

I like the curvature that the April puts on the bottom rails. Combined with the slat construction on the sides, seat, and back support, you get a beautiful finish that’s sure to stand out.

In building this porch swing, April uses 1 x 6-inch boards and 1 x 4-inch boards. It’s designed to fit at least two people. 

April puts cushions to add more comfort. She includes a step-by-step video tutorial to guide you.

34. Curved DIY Porch Swing

Swing With a Cup Holder

This porch swing has a nice curve on both the seat and the back support. In short, it’s a swing that literally molds to the natural curves of your body.

Julian builds it using rot-resistant lumber that has an exquisite design. She gives three alternatives that include cedar, pine or redwood.

The sizes of lumber used for the project are all included in the list of materials. Screws, bolts, and glue are used to give the swing a more rigid finish. Finished, this swing bed measures 60 inches long.

According to Julian, it takes about one day to complete this project.

35. Cedar Swing Bench Free Plan

Swinging Bench

Jaime has a pretty cool DIY porch swing plan you can download in a more detailed PDF format. However, let’s put that aside now and go into the basics.

To start off, she builds this porch swing using cedar boards for improved resistance to rot. She leaves it unpainted to reveal the beautiful look of the natural wood grains.

Vertical slats line the back support while the seat is covered in horizontal slats. This porch swing bench spans 49.5 inches long to fit two people.

As said earlier, you might want to download the plan in PDF to get more detailed instructions.

36. DIY $40 Farmhouse Porch Swing

Farmhouse Porch Swing

Before we get started, I must point out that this is a super simple porch swing bench you might want to consider.

One good thing about this design is that you get to use only one size of lumber. In this case, the designer settles for 2 x 4-inch boards.

V brace with a center support is used on the backrest to make the swing more rigid. The seat is covered with slats that run horizontally.

This swing is given a charcoal paint coated in an outdoor finish to protect against weather elements.

37. Angled DIY 2 x 4 Porch Swing

DIY 2×4 Porch Swing

As the name implies, this swing is made using 2 x 4-inch boards. In fact, the designer uses only eight pieces of these boards.

Trim pieces are added to the armrests to give a wider support. The back support is reclined at a 15-degree angle to provide more comfort.

The edges are routed to give a smooth, rounded finish. The designer builds this porch swing in twelve steps.

To allow the swing to sit at an angle, the chains are attached to the top ends and the front rail at the bottom.

38. DIY Salvaged Porch Swing

Salvaged Porch Swing Loveseat Build

This is a porch swing with a vintage, distressed look. The designer uses a salvaged headboard, footboard, and paneled door to build it.

The headboard is used to make the back support. The footboard is cut into half and each piece used to make the arms of the bench.

A salvaged paneled door is used for the seat area. The designer settles for 2 x 4-inch boards to make the support cleats.

I hope you like what you’ve read so far and got some new ideas on how to build yourself a porch swing.

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