How to Build a DIY Porch Swing

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How to Build a DIY Porch Swing

Jenn Largesse

Jenn Largesse begins by assembling a really primary porch swing body utilizing 2×4 and 2×6 lumber. To preserve this mission budget-friendly, she skips the costly out of doors cushion, and as an alternative makes use of a repurposed crib mattress with a water-proof shell. Once a couple of out of doors pillows are added, this seat is prepared for lounging.

porch swing bench plans

Jenn Largesse

Steps for constructing a straightforward, DIY porch swing:

1. Cut the Boards to Size

porch swing bench plans

Jenn Largesse

• Using the cut list provided, reduce the 2×6 and 2×4 items to size.

2. Drill the Pocket Holes

• Prep the boards with pocket holes famous within the reduce checklist for a robust and durable meeting.

3. Assemble Base Pieces

porch swing bench base plan

Jenn Largesse

• Layout the items of the bottom positioning the 2×6 ends flat between the back and front boards, after which add the 2×4 help items.
• Cut a scrap block to a width of three 5/8-inches to make use of as a spacer.
• Apply glue at every joint, after which safe the boards utilizing a drill/driver and a couple of ½-inch pocket gap screws, working from every finish inward.
• As famous within the offered drawing, the middle hole will probably be barely bigger at Three ¾-inches.

4. Create the Front of the Seat Frame

• Lay the entrance rail flat on the work floor with its pocket holes going through upward.
• Position the armrest helps with their pocket holes additionally going through upward, perpendicular at every finish and flush with the underside fringe of the rail.
• Drive pocket gap screws by the entrance rail and into the armrest helps.

5. Create the Back of the Seat Frame

• Lay the again rail flat on the work floor with its pocket holes going through upward.
• Position the ends of the backrest with their pocket holes going through downward, perpendicular at every finish and flush with the underside fringe of the rail.
• Drive pocket gap screws by the again rail and into the boards.

(Note within the video, that is once I connect the aspect rails, however then discovered it troublesome to get my drill into a few of the tight corners, so we’ll proceed assembling the again and armrest earlier than attaching the aspect rails between them.)

• Flip the meeting and lay the center help between the backrest’s ends with its pocket holes going through upward.
• Secure the board centered on the peak of the tip boards.
• Position the uppermost board above the ends.
• Drive pocket gap screws by the tip boards and into the horizontal board to safe it in place.

6. Finish Building the Sides

• Apply glue to the highest finish of an armrest help.
• Position the armrest flat on prime of the armrest help, flush with its entrance face.
• Drive pocket gap screws by the armrest help and into the underside of the armrest.
• Repeat to connect the remaining armrest.
• Stand the back and front assemblies upright, and set up the aspect rail between them, flush with the skin edge and with the rails’ pocket holes going through inward.
• Finish by driving screws by the again finish of the armrest and into the backrest’s vertical finish boards.

7. Support the Armrest

• Attach one other board on edge beneath the armrest to supply additional help—driving screws by its ends and thru its prime edge and into the underside of the armrest.
• Repeat to help the remaining armrest.

8. Secure the Seat Frame to the Base

• Now place the assembled seat body onto the bottom, 1 inch inside every edge.
• Lift the body to use glue beneath every rail, and the drive screws by the uncovered pocket gap in every armrest help, and each pocket holes within the again uprights.
• Flip the meeting up and drive 3-inch deck screws by the bottom and into the perimeter of the body each 6-Eight inches.

9. Apply a Finish

• Apply paint or stain as desired and let dry.

10. Add the Eye Bolts

• Drill ½-inch holes by the aspect rails, about Three inches from their ends to keep away from the pocket holes on the opposing aspect.
• Push an eyebolt screw by every gap, and safe it on the alternative aspect with a nut.

11. Install the Hanging Hardware

For detailed details about this course of, watch this video that includes This Old House normal contractor Tom Silva.
• Similar to the video, our porch ceiling has beadboard panels, so I eliminated a number of panels to find and reinforce our ceiling joists with blocking,put in between the joists.
• Reinstall the panel above the blocking, leaving one panel off so you’ll be able to find it throughout set up.
• Drill holes for the swing {hardware}, and screw the {hardware} into place with the offered lag screws, and reinstall the ultimate bead board panel.

12. Hang the Swing

• Prop the swing to the specified top. I’m utilizing folding chairs, which sit at about 18 inches excessive.
• Once I take away the chairs, the swing will compress the knots and sink right down to about 16 inches, which creates a greater seat top for the thickness of my cushion.
• Thread the rope by the swing {hardware} and down by the attention bolts on all sides.
• Knot the rope under every eye bolt.
• Remove the helps, press right down to compress the knots, degree the swing front-to-back if crucial, after which trim the surplus rope.
• Add out of doors cushions (or in my case, a repurposed crib mattress) and love your new porch swing.


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Cut checklist for porch swing bench

  • 2×6 back and front –2 @ 57 ½ inches2x6 ends –2 @ 21 inches (Three pocket holes at every finish)
  • 2×4 helps –6 @ 21 inches (2 pocket holes at every finish)
  • 2×4 back and front and backrest –3 @ 48 ½ inches (2 pocket holes at every finish)
  • 2×4 aspect rails –2 @ 27 (2 pocket holes at every finish)
  • 2×4 armrest horizontal helps –2 @ 27 (2 pocket holes at every finish, and two alongside the aspect of the board)
  • 2×4 armrest vertical helps –2 @ 12 inches (2 pocket holes at one finish)
  • 2×4 handrail –2 @ 28 ½ inches (2 pocket holes at one finish solely)
  • 2×4 headrest –1 @ 55 ½ inches

Download the cut list here

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