Porch swing plans, free PDF download, material list, drawings, and step-by-step instructions.

Porch Swing Plans – Free PDF Download

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Porch swing plans – includes a free PDF download, shopping list, cutting list, and drawings with step-by-step instructions.

Porch Swing Plans – Overview

Porch Swing Plans – Material List

Shopping List

Shopping List

2 – 2×4 – 8’1 – 1×4 – 8′
6 – 1×3 – 10′
1 – 2×6 – 8′
12 – 3 1/2″ carriage bolts, nuts, washers
3″ deck screws
2″ deck screws
eye bolts, nuts, washers
porch swing chain
porch swing hanging kit

Cutting List

Cutting List

8 – 2×4 – 1′ 8″
1 – 1×4 – 5′
6 – 1×3 – 5′
6 – 1×3 – 4′ 9″
2 – 2×4 – 1′ 7/8″
2 – 2×6 – 1′ 10 1/2″

Porch swing plans - seat support - grid.

Cut four 2×4’s to 1′ 8″ long for the bench seat support. Cut as shown on illustration above, use the first one as a template to cut the remaining three (the back of the seat support will have a 12.5-degree angle cut).

Porch swing plans - back rest support - grid.

Cut four 2×4’s to 1′ 8″ long for the bench back-rest support. Cut as shown on illustration above, use the first one as a template to cut the remaining three (the bottom of the back rest support will have a 12.5-degree angle cut).

Porch swing plans - carriage bolts for seat and back rest.

Drill holes and use 3 1/2″ carriage bolts to assemble as shown on illustration above.

Porch swing plans - front 1x4 support.

Cut a 1×4 to 5′ long for the front rail and install to the seat frame using 3″ deck screws. Assemble as shown on illustration above.

Porch swing plans - seat slats.

Cut six 1×3’s to 5′ long for the bench slats. Install as shown on illustration above. Pre-drill holes and use 2″ deck screws to install slats, gap slats about 1/2″.

Porch swing plans - back rest slats.

Cut six 1×3’s to 4′ 9″ long for the bench slats. Install as shown on illustration above. Pre-drill holes and use 2″ deck screws to install slats, gap slats about 1/2″.

Porch swing plans - arm rest support details.

Cut two 2×4’s to 1′ 7/8″ long for the arm rest support, cut 12.5-degree angle cuts on both ends in the same direction.

Porch swing plans - arm rest support installed.

Install the arm rest support to the bench seat frame as shown on illustration above. Drill holes and install with 3 1/2″ carriage bolts.

Porch swing plans - arm rest - grid.

Cut two 2×6’s to 1′ 10 1/2″ long for the arm rest. Cut the arm rest as shown on illustration above.

Porch swing plans - arm rest installed.

Pre-drill holes and screw 3″ deck screws through the arm-rest and into the arm rest support and through the back rest frame into the arm rest.

Porch swing plans - eye bolt, washer, nut.Drill holes and install the eye bolts as shown on illustration above.

Porch swing plans - free PDF download.

Porch swing hanging kit.

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23 comments

  1. Worked well very sturdy. Changed a few things .

  2. How am I supposed to attach the chain to the eye-bolt?

  3. I got my first plans the porch swing I think it is going to a joy to build. My neighbor behind us has already informed me that as soon as I get ours built I get to start on theirs lol.

  4. How much does this build cost on average?

  5. How do I down load the plans?

  6. Unfortunately I don’t have a bandsaw so making thcurved cuts will be difficult

  7. I cannot down load files why not?

  8. I see that someone else already asked how much this build costs on average, but I don’t see any replies/answers. I’d like to know this as well. Thanks.

    • Used treated lumber from Lowe’s. Total cost of wood and hardware was about $90

      Build was easy, plans are great and are accurate.

      Build time was approx 9hrs.

    • Homedepot

      1. 2×4 ~ $4 inclunding tax and lumber fee, FSC Green Douglas Fir Lumber x2
      2. 2×6 ~ $6 including tax and lumner fee , FSC Green Douglas Fir Lumber x1

      3. 2″ deck screw (1lb)- $8 Grip-Tite
      4. 3″ deck screw (1lb)- $8 Grip-Tite

      5. I replaced carriage bolt by Simpson Strong-Tie
      3 in. Strong-Drive SDS Structural Wood Screws(25 ea) $11
      good alternative from finding carriage bolt with nuts, washer, …

      6. Everbilt Porch Swing Chain Kit $10
      7. 1×3 8′ 1 in. x 3 in. x 8 ft. Spruce/Pine/Fir Common Board $4 8x
      i used 8 feet 1×3 instead 10 feet. so, 8 ez 1×3
      8. eye bolt – < $1 per ( purchased 4 < $4
      9. 1×4 8' $5 1x

      totall : approx. $92

    • Nathan Wattenbarger

      I had right around $100 in it after I bought the swing kit and springs

  9. Can I replace the chain with a rope? If so what kind of rope would you recommend

    • Lawrence Greene

      You could replace the chain with rope but consider that rope will stretch as well as knots. Adjustments are more difficult over time, trying to adjust the tension and placement of knots. I’m guessing you are wanting a “softer” , more natural look? You can opt for different color or type of chain, or even weave fabric between the links to better achieve that look or feel that you are wanting.

  10. so there’s 6 slats for the bottom that’s 6×3″ equa; 18″. The maximum distance on the layout is 17″ plus the 1/2″ for the end board. You also added 1/2″ gaps between boards total 5 1/2″ How’s is this supposed to work out.

    • 1×3 wood is not really 3inch and is 2 and half inch instead. Just like any other standard lumber you from any home improvement store

  11. George Gallardo

    I would like for you to send me the plans to my Email so I can take a crack at it, thanks George.

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