Porch Swing – DIY

Happy Wednesday!!

I hope you guys are having a great week!  I am SO excited to share this last build with you!  I teamed up with my good friend, Miss Ana White to design and build this porch swing!

Porch Swing DIY

How cute is she??

I have wanted a porch swing for FOREVER.  My Meme and Papa have one at their house that we grew up on… So many memories on it!  I wanted to give my kids and home the same thing.  This is a VERY basic build.  It really is a great beginner Kreg Jig project.

Kreg Jig

I will share some tips and photos here, and you can get the full set of plans at Ana White’s site!

So… Let’s start with the base!  Here it is…

Porch Swing Base

I attached all of my short pieces to the long pieces with 1 1/2″ pocket holes and 2 1/2″ Blue Kote pocket hole screws.  I put 2 pocket holes in the ends of each small board like this…

Kreg Jig Porch Swing

Kreg Jig Pocket Holes

Next I built the back support of the swing.  Again, I used 1 1/2″ pocket holes and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws just like this!

Back of DIY porch swing

To attach the back support of the swing to the base, I used the same Blue Kote 2 1/2″ screws but did them through the 2×4 on the base and into each brace.  I also used Gorilla Wood Glue in between every joint!

Attach back of porch swing

Now for the arm supports!

Before attaching the arm supports, I did 2 pocket holes at the top of each piece.   This is how I will attach the arm.

 I used the same screws to come through the base and into the back of the arm support like this…

Porch Swing How To 2

Another view…

Porch Swing How to

For each arm I also did 2 pocket holes on the side that would attach to the back support of the swing.  Then I used pocket holes to attach the front and the back.  Easy peasy! (thanks to the Kreg Jig!)

This is a shot of where the arm attaches to the back support of the swing.

Porch Swing Arm

To attach all the 1x boards on the seat and back rest I used Gorilla Wood glue and my Ryobi 18v Cordless Airstrike Nailer.  I LOVE this tool.  So easy and cheap too!  You can find it at the Home Depot.

Ryobi AirStrike Battery Nailer

DONE!  My final step before hanging it was to finish it.  I used the same stain I used on my outdoor dining table to finish my swing.

Rust-Oleum-Dark-Walnut

Because this swing needs to stand up to the elements outdoors, I used 3 coats of Rust-Oleum Spar Varnish on top of the stain after it dried!  This stuff is super easy to apply and doesn’t smell strong.  It goes on white and dries clear.

RustOleum-Spar-Varnish

After that dried it was time to hang!

Before giving you tips here, I must say this….

I am telling you how I hung my swing.  I am doing this to provide tips.  Every house is different and each swing will be attached in different places.  I am in no way responsible for any injuries that may occur from you hanging your own swing improperly.

Ok… That’s it.

I knew that I would have precious cargo swinging in this.  I did a lot of research on tips to hang my swing.  I met a great helper at the hardware store who pointed me in the right direction.  This is the hardware I used on my swing.

Hardware for Porch Swing

I originally added 2 on each side of the base, but found it to be a bit tippy.  I added a 3rd to the top of the back of the swing.  It may seem like overkill, but you haven’t met my kids ;-)

This is how these look on the inside of the swing…

Hang a porch swing

And this is what they look like on the outside…

Porch Swing Hardware

I used chain to attach it to 2 S pieces and then up to the ceiling.

To attach mine to the ceiling, I found heavy duty swing hangers.  You can also use eye screws with a large enough weight limit.  We also made the back hang just a tad lower (like 4-6 chain links) to give it a slight recline.  It’s perfect!

That’s it!  Now it’s time to swing :-)

DIY Porch Swing

Porch Swing DIY

Porch Swing

How to hang a porch swing

Oooooh I do love it!  My kiddos do too!

I would LOVE for you to share and PIN this swing below!

Make sure to check out the full set of free plans over at Ana’s site!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I’m off to swing ;-)!

Make sure to check out my other outdoor projects as well!

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  • Sara Coryea

    What was your total cost for this project?

  • Tanya Sadler

    Rough cost?

  • General Zod

    Quick Question – do you recommend using untreated pine for this build?

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Mine is untreated and still looks great!

  • Jenny B.

    This is great! Do you know an approximate weight limit?

  • Mackie Morris

    Great project! Can I ask where you found the pillows? I really like them.

  • Roxann Eide

    I love how you show where the pocket holes and screws go. That is such a big help. I built the bench from Ana White but it didn’t show where to place the screws. I love my bench and it turned out beautiful. I love this swing too. I wish I had a place to hang one, but I could certainly turn this in to a bench with the back on it. Thanks for the great detailed photos. Looks beautiful.

  • Chelsie Swanson

    My husband is making this for my birthday! It is almost all done. Thanks for the tutorial :-)

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Oh yeah! What a great gift!! :-)

  • Hilary Smith

    Wow this is beautiful!

  • Ercyla C Schulz

    Loved it. Great job.

  • Jen

    What kind of wood did you use? I was looking at the 1×6 boards and there were so many options!

  • Ricki

    I love this swing! It looks great!

  • Dakota Creek Chic

    I love the swing. I have a super mini version of this space on my porch. I wonder if I could modify the plans to be a swinging chair? Anyway your projects are so inspiring, thanks for sharing!

  • Linda Baldock

    Awesome build! Your porch area is so elegant, yet comfortable. Love your table, too!