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7 Free DIY Arbor Swing Plans You Can Make Today

Last Updated on August 8, 2020

Free Arbor Swing Plans You Can DIY Today

An arbor is a modest yet beautiful garden structure that turns any backyard into a cozier, more inspiring space. In its most basic form, it’s little more than a trellis with a roof, where plants are encouraged to grow into a natural awning.

If you don’t have a porch, you can attach a swing to an arbor for a lovely piece of backyard furniture. The best part? Unlike some showier garden buildings, like pergolas and gazebos, arbor swings can be put together with just a few tools and supplies.

Before you get too excited: arbor swings are a more advanced project, requiring accurate measurements, some woodworking skill, and a fair investment of time and money. We don’t recommend one as your first DIY project, but they’re perfect if you’re more advanced and looking for a bigger challenge.

We’ve gathered seven of the best arbor swing plans on the internet to inspire your next DIY adventure. Build them this weekend, and sip iced tea on your new swing Sunday night!

1. Arbor Swing by Construct 101

Arbor Swing by Construct 101

Featured Image Credit: Construct 101

This plan for a complete arbor swing comes from Construct 101, and is separated into two parts: the arbor and the swing. The link goes to the arbor plans, while a link at the bottom of the page leads to the swing plans (or follow this link). Both can be downloaded as a PDF. You’ll be able to donate, but there’s no fee.

Like all arbor swings, this requires quality materials and careful planning — it’s got to support the weight of at least two people. With diligence and the proper tools, you can make something you’ll be proud of!

Tools:

    • Miter saw or circular saw
    • Jigsaw
    • Post Hole digger
    • Drill
    • Screwdriver

Supplies:

    • (4) 10’ 4×4
    • (7) 10’ 2×6
    • Carriage bolts
    • Washers
    • Nuts
    • Deck screws
    • Concrete
    • Gravel
    • Porch swing chain
    • Porch swing hanging kit

2. Swing Stand by How To Specialist

Swing Stand by How To Specialist

Featured Image Credit: How To Specialist

Like #1, this plan by How To Specialist is split into two parts: the arbor swing stand and the swing bench itself. Check the previous link for the stand, and this link for the swing.

These plans produce a sturdy, comfortable arbor swing for relaxing in warm weather. Make sure to paint or varnish it to protect it from the elements, and this swing will last as long as your memories do.

Tools:

    • Miter saw
    • Jigsaw
    • Chalk
    • Tape measure
    • Pencil
    • Level
    • Drill
    • Brush

Supplies:

    • Wood (see plan for complete list of specs)
    • Post anchors
    • Screws
    • Carriage bolts
    • Swing hanger
    • Wood stain
    • Wood filler

3. Freestanding Arbor Swing by DIY Network

Freestanding Arbor Swing by DIY Network

Featured Image Credit: DIY Network

DIY Network presents this plan for a classy, comfortable arbor swing you can put anywhere in your yard. It’s an advanced DIY project, though reasonably inexpensive, and will probably require a whole weekend to complete. This plan also includes detailed instructions for how to root your swing stand in a foundation using an auger and concrete.

Tools:

    • Hoe
    • Power auger
    • Ladder
    • Miter saw
    • Power drill/screwdriver
    • Jigsaw
    • Level
    • Belt sander

Supplies:

    • Wood (see plan for complete list of specs)
    • Concrete
    • Nuts
    • Carriage bolts
    • Washers
    • Screws
    • Anchor bolts

4. Swing Stand by My Outdoor Plans

Swing Stand by My Outdoor Plans

Featured Image Credit: My Outdoor Plans

My Outdoor Plans presents another two-part plan for an arbor swing stand and bench swing. The swing stand plans can be found on one page, the plans for the swing itself on another.

Both of these plans do their best to use only basic materials and require only basic skills, making them a good choice for less-experienced DIYers looking to spruce up their backyards.

Tools:

    • Hammer
    • Tape measure
    • Framing square
    • Level
    • Miter saw
    • Power drill
    • Screwdriver
    • Sander
    • Post hole digger
    • Concrete mixer

Supplies:

    • Wood (see plan for complete list of specs)
    • Carriage bolts
    • Nuts
    • Washers
    • Screws
    • Brad nails
    • Wood glue
    • Wood stain
    • Wood filler
    • Swing hangers
    • Swing springs

5. Swing Structure by Better Homes and Gardens

Swing Structure by Better Homes and Gardens

Featured Image Credit: Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens, the venerated home improvement magazine, shares this plan for a freestanding swing. It goes the extra mile by including soft parts as well as hardware, featuring a fabric roof, a cotton canvas swing, and cushions. They recommend using sturdy, waterproof awning fabric.

Tools:

    • Brush
    • Tape measure
    • Pencil
    • Circular saw or table saw
    • Drill
    • Post hole digger
    • Level
    • Stakes
    • Scrap 2x4s
    • Scrap 1x4s
    • Stakes
    • Framing square
    • Hammer

Supplies:

    • Wood (see plan for complete list of specs)
    • Screws
    • Deck screws
    • Washers
    • Eyebolts
    • Carriage bolts
    • Wood glue
    • Gravel
    • Concrete
    • Paint or stain
    • Polyurethane

6. Arbor Swing by My Outdoor Plans

Another idea from My Outdoor Plans, this is similar to #4, but takes a different approach, including adding a complete wooden floor to the bottom of the arbor. The swing stand plans and swing bench plans are again listed on separate pages.

The whole setup might look intimidating, but you can DIY it trouble-free if you just make careful plans. Since alignment is so crucial to making this arbor swing come together right, we recommend anchoring the bottom frame in place before you add the posts.

Tools:

    • Hammer
    • Tape measure
    • Framing square
    • Level
    • Miter saw
    • Drill
    • Screwdriver
    • Sander
    • Post hole digger
    • Concrete mixer
    • Brush

Supplies:

    • Wood (see plan for complete list of specs)
    • Screws
    • Brad nails
    • Wood putty
    • Wood stain

7. Backyard Arbor Swing by Today’s Homeowner

Backyard Arbor Swing by Today's Homeowner

Featured Image Credit: Today’s Homeowner

Finally, we’ve got this charming DIY arbor swing from Today’s Homeowner, which proves ideal for letting flowers and creepers climb up its trellises. The project uses galvanized nails and pressure-treated lumber. Basic written steps are provided, but the instructions in the video go into more detail.

Tools:

    • Post hole digger
    • Level
    • Concrete mixer
    • Table saw
    • Hammer
    • Drill
    • Screwdriver

Supplies:

    • Wood (see plan for complete list of specs)
    • Concrete
    • Gravel
    • Nails
    • Screws
    • Swing chain
    • Swing hooks

Featured Image Credit: Donald Lee Pardue, Flickr

About the Author Adam Harris

Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!