DIY $40 Farmhouse Porch Swing

$40 in lumber people!  That’s the best part of today’s project we are sharing with you.  Years ago I built a porch swing and my fam loved it.  We used it all the time.  A year or so ago, Wayfair reached out to us and asked us to try some of their outdoor furniture, so I picked out a beautiful porch swing to update the one I built.  I actually passed my original one on to my sister who still uses it now.  After only a few months, the Wayfair swing was literally rotting.  The finish was turning black and chipping off.  I was so bummed, and it made me even more proud of the furniture we build.  So, I decided it was time to start designing to replace the piece of junk 😉  That led me to today’s project!  Check out this DIY $30 Farmhouse Porch Swing!

Isn’t it pretty??  This one is super simple!  Before we get started, check out our YouTube video tutorial on how we built it HERE or by clicking below!

 You can also download and print the FREE PLANS by clicking HERE!

The first step is building the frame of the seat of the swing.  This uses 2×4 framing lumber.  We used our Kreg K5 Jig to make the pocket holes in both ends of each of our smaller boards.  These are 1.5″ pocket holes.

We attached those to our longer boards using wood glue and 2.5″ pocket hole screws.  Kreg makes a special outdoor screw called Blue-Kote screws that are designed with a protective outdoor coating making them perfect for outdoor projects like this one.  That is what we used on this swing.  You can find them HERE on Amazon.

Once the frame was built, we started on the back.  This also uses 1.5″ pocket holes.  Make sure all of your pocket holes are on the back of the the swing back.  These will be filled before you finish the swing.  We made an “E” shape first by attaching the smaller pieces to the longer board using wood glue and 2.5″ pocket hole screws.

Next, we added the diagonal pieces.  You can note the angles in the plans, but I always hold the piece up to the space it’s going an mark it exactly with a pencil to make sure I get the best fit.  We set the boards in the Kreg Jig flat on the angles we cut to get the pocket holes to run up and down.

The back of the swing is built, and now we attached it to the base frame.  We used wood glue and 2.5″ pocket hole screws to attach the two pieces.

Here is a shot of the back of the swing…

And the front…

Next, we added our seat slats.  We used wood glue and 1.25″ finish nails to attach the boards to the seat of the swing.  There should be about 1/2″ spacing between each board depending on the width of the boards you use.  This allows rain to run through the swing seat.

Time for arm rests!  We build two “L” shapes as our arm rests.  We added 1.5″ pocket holes to the bottom side of both longer boards and attached them to the shorter boards using wood glue and 2.5″ pocket hole screws.  See the glue bottle??!  That’s our new favorite toy we found on Amazon.  It’s called a GlueBot and it’s AMAZING!  You can find it HERE on Amazon.

Next, we attached the “L” pieces to the swing using wood glue and 2.5″ pocket hole screws to attach it to the back, and wood screws through the base and into the back of the smaller board of the arm rest.

When you’re all finished, your swing should look like this!


We used Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint in Charcoal to finish our swing.  We also used a coat of outdoor finish on top of it to protect it from the sun and rain.

Each swing will hang differently depending on where you are hanging it from.  Make sure to use the right hardware to hang yours.  We touch on it a bit in the video, and you can also see how I hung my last swing HERE, which is how I chose to hang this one as well.

Here she is hanging up and ready to go!

Hope you love it as much as I do!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Let us know if you have any questions at all!

  • Devon Knight

    YES! I’m so happy about this!! I’ve been searching for at least a year for plans of a porch swing like this!!

  • Annie Spence

    It’s lovely! I love the idea of porch swings. Thank you for sharing your plans to help us make our own. Have a great day!

  • Chelsea Seachord

    I would love love love it if you could do plans for a stand, for those of us who don’t have a porch roof (or rent and can’t hang stuff like that) and would love to build a free-standing porch swing in this style!

    • Jeni bullock

      I was getting ready to ask the same question😊