DIY Porch Swing - How to Build
I have always wanted a porch bench swing and I finally got around to making one.
Our porch was not being used and now I am excited to go sit out on the swing every day.
Here is a step-by- step tutorial on how I built this porch bench swing.
Step 1 - Add a Decorative Edge to Your DIY Porch Swing
Next, I started building the bench.
I am adding a decorative edge to the end of the 2X4 by cutting half of it at a 45 degree angle.
Step 2 - Build the Base
These cushions were at Walmart, so I got three of them.
I cut my base to fit the three cushions.
For the base, I attached 1X6s with wood glue and 1 1/4 inch brad nails.
Next, I wanted the decorative 2X4s to go on the bottom, so that is just what I did.
I attached them to the long sids of the rectangle base. I’m having it overhang an inch on the sides.
I did not get a photo of this, but I added 1X4s to the base, so the cushions could sit right on top of them.
Step 3 - Build Up the DIY Porch Swing
For the sides, I attached 1X4s with glue and brad nails.
Wood glue is super important when building this.
I added two to each corner.
After the corner pieces, I added the top pieces. I used 1X6s and cut them at 45 degree angles so they would fit together.
Next, I added 1X6s right underneath the top pieces on the inside of the bench.
Step 4 - Stain the Wood
I stained the wood with Behr Deck Plus Wood Stain, the color Taupe.
Step 5 - Add the Rope to Hold the DIY Porch Swing
Add the rope to your swing.
I drilled holes in the 2X4s for the rope.
Then, I tied the rope on the back side of the swing, hooked it up through two hooks on the ceiling, and then back down to the front side of the swing.
I used Heat Shrink Tubing for the first time. It is so crazy. Helps stop the rope ends from fraying.