DIY Porch Swing ($40 Farmhouse Porch Swing Plans)


If you're looking for porch swing plans, you're in the RIGHT place!

Learn how to make everything from the seat of the porch swing, the backrest (and everything else in between) with simple steps and videos. 

Making a DIY swing for your home couldn't be any simpler or CHEAPER. See these DIY swing plans and videos below and make one for your family today!

*BUILD* a DIY Porch Swing (...for $40?!)

Materials Needed for your DIY Porch Swing Plans

  • (5) 2x4x6 pieces of lumber
  • (3) 1x4x8 pieces of lumber
  • Box of 2.5” pocket hole screws
  • Power drill
  • Nails
  • Wood glue
  • Chain
  • Mounting hardware
  • Circular saw and safety gear, if you will be cutting your lumber at home instead of having it cut for you

How-To Build a DIY Porch Swing (Step By Step)

  1. 1
    Begin by making your lumber cuts. Cut one of the 1x4x8 pieces in half and leave the other two whole. Cut one 2x4 to 21-9/16” on an angle. Cut one into three 16” lengths. Cut the remaining three in half. With one of the halves, cut two 12” lengths and one 19-1/2” length. Cut the remaining two halves into four 18” lengths. Alternately, you can have the hardware store do this for you.
  2. 2
    Set up two 48” 1x4x8 pieces to form the front and back of the swing frame. Set up the 18” lengths between these two boards, 14” apart from each other, to form the slats.
  3. 3
    Drill 1-1/2” pocket holes in the slats and attach them and then drill the pocket hole screws into place. Secure with wood glue to complete the frame.
  4. 4
    Drill pocket holes into your 16” boards and attach them to the remaining 48” board using screws and wood glue. This will form the back of the swing.
  5. 5
    Drill pocket holes into the diagonal pieces you cut earlier and attach them on an angle to the horizontal boards on the swing back to add support.
  6. 6
    Use wood glue and pocket screws to attach the back of the swing to the front swing seat frame. Make sure everything is flush and level and that all screw holes are facing the back of the swing.
  7. 7
    Using your 48” 2x4 pieces, attach the four seat slats about ½” apart from each other on the swing seat frame using pocket screws and wood glue.
  8. 8
    Build arm rests by attaching one 12” piece to the front of the swing on either side. Then attach one 19-1/2” piece to connect the front of the arm rest to the back of the swing. As with all the other steps, use pocket screws and wood glue to attach these securely.
  9. 9
    Double-check all screws and add any in locations that may need extra support. Be sure to let the wood glue dry before continuing.
  10. 10
    Finish, stain, or paint the swing, depending on your preferences. Choose something that will look nice with your existing porch décor and furnishings. Remember that paint will need to be touched up more often than stain. Do not leave the wood natural, as it is likely to cause splinters and will not hold up well to the elements or to pests.
  11. 11
    Screw in the mounting hardware to the arms and back of the swing and attach the chains.
  12. 12
    Attach the remaining mounting hardware to the roof of your porch, making sure to select a durable support beam for this.
  13. 13
    Hang the swing using the chain and enjoy!

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*BUILD* a DIY Porch Swing Stand Too!

What happens if you don’t have anywhere you can safely hang your swing? In this section, you can find DIY swing home design build plans instructing you how to make a simple stand for your DIY swing needs. Keep in mind that there are many different variations of swing stands out there, and if you’re looking for something affordable, it is probably much cheaper to buy a metal frame from a store instead of building your own with DIY swing home design build plans.

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However, if you prefer a challenge or you’re looking for something that will match your DIY swing perfectly, then building your porch swing stand with these swing plans is a great option. Take a look at these DIY swing home design build plans to help you get started on the path to putting together the perfect stand for your new swing. This is a great way to utilize your swing even when you don’t have a covered porch you can easily hang it from, or when your porch isn’t strong enough to support it.

Materials Needed for your DIY Porch Swing Stand

  • 4x4 lumber
  • 2x6 lumber
  • Circular saw
  • Hammer
  • Clamps
  • Power drill and screws
  • Optionally, roofing slats

How-To Build A DIY Porch Swing Stand (Step By Step)

  1. 1
    Cut the 4x4 pieces of lumber to the height you want for your swing.
  2. 2
    Use the circular saw to make several small cuts in one side of the 4x4 pieces, then use a hammer to break away the end corners. Use a chisel to smooth out.
  3. 3
    Attach pieces of lumber cut at an angle to provide support on either side of the swing legs.
  4. 4
    Screw a 2x6 piece of lumber across the front and back of the bottom of each leg for even more support.
  5. 5
    Repeat the process from before of cutting small notches in the support beam piece and then hammering out the larger notches you’ll use to attach it to the swing legs. Secure these pieces together using the interlocking notches as well as screws.
  6. 6
    Check that everything is level before continuing.
  7. 7
    Attach short angled pieces for support on the front and back of both corners of the swing stand.
  8. 8
    At this point, you can choose to finish the frame hang your swing from it as-is. You may also want to build a roof using 2x6 pieces of lumber and slats meant for porch roofing. This is optional.
  9. 9
    When finishing the frame, be sure to stain it before hanging your swing. If you will be painting it instead of staining it, remember that you’ll probably need to touch up the paint job yearly to keep it looking nice.

DIY Porch Swing Plans?

As you can see, with some great DIY swing home design build plans it’s not too hard to build a porch swing on your own. Just be sure you take your time and ask another capable adult for assistance if you need to. With a little planning and patience, even a beginner should be able to complete these DIY swing home design build plans. And don’t forget to try making the stand listed above, too! If you don’t have anywhere safe to hang your porch swing, a stand is a must for your new place to sit.

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