Building your own porch swing can be a satisfying project to take on, as well as giving you a piece of furniture for your porch that will enable you to relax outside and enjoy some fresh air. They have been a popular item to have in American since the mid 19th century and remain so now, as well as growing in popularity around the rest of the world. This article gives you some things to think about if you are planning on building your own porch swing and a guide on how to do it.
Things to think about when building your own porch swing
You can have a one to four seat swing depending on how many people will probably be using it at any one time. For a four seater you will need it to be five to six feet long and then four to five feet wide. Depth depends on your preference and can range from 2ft to 3 ½ ft. To make it your own style and fit in with your house you can custom design the back and arm rest – it can be anything from simple to detailed and artistic. Whatever size and design you settle for make sure when you are building your own porch swing that it is going to be comfortable, otherwise it won’t get used! The most popular material still is wood but you can also have plastic or metal swings.
A brief guide to building your own porch swing
Materials and tools
- Lumber boards that have been treated of a length and width that meets your decided measurements. Type of wood is up to you and depends on your budget.
- A galvanized chain
- Fasteners that are rust proof
- A circular saw
- A jigsaw
- A tape measure
- Electric drill with bits
- Suitable screws, nuts and bolts
- (Adjust amounts and measurements to suit) Place three 5ft by 1ft pieces of wood together and use the drill and galvanized wood screws to fasten together to make a rectangular shape that is the seat.
- For the back take between four to six 5ft by 1 ft boards and fasten them together the same way. You could also buy a ready made more decorative back and arms if you prefer. Otherwise put together the back and seat using nuts and bolts every 5 inches.
- To make the arm rests you need to cut four pieces at 1 ft and two pieces at 3ft. The short pieces are the arm rest supports and the long pieces are the actual rests.
- Attach the three pieces together in the shape of an arm rest then repeat and fix on either side of the swing.
- Use sandpaper to smooth any edges and prevent getting splinters.
- Now that the body is finished you need to varnish or paint it but make sure your choice also adds protection to the wood and use some anti-termite treatment. When it is completely dry you are ready to hook it up.
- Make sure that where you are hanging it is safe, and that it is not going to bump into the porch or wall of the house causing damage. In the ceiling of the porch put in 2 large hooks and then put in 2 hooks under the swing near the arm rests. Take the galvanized chain and pass it through the hooks under the seat up to the hooks in the porch ceiling and fasten.
You can now enjoy your finished porch swing for years to come.