Last Updated on August 7, 2020
The onset of spring and summer is the perfect time to consider building a porch swing. As the days get longer and warmer, we all want to spend more time outside. Making your outdoor living space comfortable and functional is an excellent way to do just that.
Porch swings are practically synonymous with relaxation and ease… and with these straightforward plans, making your own can be as well. We’ve gathered a list of our favorite 20 free porch swing plans you can DIY today to help you get started!
Chic and simple, this large modern porch swing by Ana White is sure to please any decorator. We love the comfort of the wide bench and pop of color it can add to a home.
Materials: Lumber, Eye bolts, Chain or durable rope, 1/2″ screws, 2” finish nails, 2-1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws, Wood glue, Wood filler
Tools Needed: Tape measure, Speed square, Kreg jig, Sander, Level, Pencil, Hammer, Drill, Circular saw, Brad nailer
For vintage lovers, a charming upcycled headboard swing from Vintage Society Co will hit that sweet spot. It’s fancy and casual, beautiful and functional. Repurpose your old bed frames to save trees and money!
Materials: Headboard and footboard, Solid wood door, 2″ screws, 2×4 board, Durable Rope Duct tape (in matching color), (2) 3″ O Rings, Paint (if desired)
Tools Needed: Saw, Drill,Stud finder, Brush (if desired)
A great budget build, this swinging pallet bed by the Merry Thought is comfy and stylish. Novice builders will be thrilled with the low tool requirements… and the luxurious naps.
Materials: Pallets, 2×4 (3×8), Durable rope, Mattress or cushion to fit, 2-3 weather proof mattress covers (optional)
Tools Needed: Drill, Tape measure, Saw
Declutter your house by using old mattresses to make your porch swing. Sawdust 2 Stitches has it all laid out with clear and easy to follow instructions. Some of the tools are specific, so this project may be more suited to those with a woodshop.
Materials:Lumber, Plywood, Brad Nails, 3″ wood screws, 1¼″ Screws, 6″ eyelet bolt w/ bolts and washers, Durable rope, Hooks, Crib mattress
Tools Needed: Sander, Miter saw, Table saw, Drill, Nail gun, Air compressor, Brad nails, 3″ wood screws
Kids will love snuggling up in this soft hammock chair by A Beautiful Mess. And parents will appreciate the strength & safety of the thick oak dowel they recommend. as well as the clean look. Sewing skills are a requirement for this project, but it’s easy breezy after that!
Materials: 1¼″ x 3′ oak dowel, ⅜″ x 16′ braided polypropylene rope, 2 yards canvas, 80mm steel spring snap link, 3/16″ steel quick link
Tools Needed: Drill, Sewing machine, Scissors, Ruler, Lighter
Want a more classic looking option? With access to a woodshop, you can expect to spend under $100 on this wooden porch swing on Instructibles!
Materials: Lumber, 3″ exterior screws, 1⅝” exterior screws, Wood glue, ¼” x 3” long eye bolts, washers and nuts, Large screw eye ⅛”, Quick links, Brown kraft paper, Chain
Tools Needed: Jigsaw, Large C clamp, Circular saw, Drill/driver, Hammer, Chisel, Sander, Pencil, Tape measure, Scissors
This cedar swing from DIY Network is perfect for a cabin or rustic mountain home. Experienced builders will enjoy the challenge, and guests the solid construction and comfort.
Materials: Lumber Cedar poles Exterior grade fasteners Eyelets Chain
Tools Needed: Tape measure, Tenon jig, Forstner bit, Pencil, Drill
April Wilkerson knows that true comfort comes with cupholders. Follow her step by step instructions and you’ll have the swing of your dreams. Note that access to a woodshop is essential.
Materials: Lumber, Carriage bolts, Small S hooks, Large S hooks, Exterior screws, washers and nuts, Chain
Tools Needed: Sander, Pencil, Bandsaw or jigsaw, Router, Drill press or hand drill, Hammer, Table saw (optional)
For those interested in a unique look, check out this bamboo swing on Instructibles. We love the lightweight materials, simple construction, and super cute design!
Materials: Bamboo, Durable rope, Metal washers
Tools Needed: ,Pencil, Tape measure, Wrench, Sliding calipers, Try-square, Saw, Clip or clamp, Sander, Column drill, Drill, Drill chuck
Homesteaders and builders alike will love this porch swing from old doors by Lindy and Tony. It requires only an intermediate level of tool skill and gets top scores for thrift and style.
Materials: 2 doors, Eye hooks, Carabiner clips, (3) 4” nails, L brackets and screws, 9” chair legs (optional), Eye hooks, Chain, Cushions (optional), Paint and sealant (if desired)
Tools Needed: Tape measure, Chalk line or pencil, Circular saw, Sander, Drill or screwdriver, Paint brush (if desired)
Materials: Lumber, Wood screws, Eye screws, Hangers
Tools Needed: Hammer, Tape measure, Miter saw, Drill, Framing square, Sander, Screwdriver
We can’t help but imagine a lush garden and sunny skies when looking at this swing by Sunset. Its happy color and diamond embellishments are sure to brighten your outdoor living space.
Materials: Lumber, Deck screws, Durable rope, Paint (if desired)
Tools Needed: Drill, Countersinking bit, Circular saw or hand saw, Table saw (optional), Paint brush (optional)
Spruce up your home and finally use up the last of your deck stain! Simply Designing shows us how to create an effortlessly stylish porch. Includes informative photos, tips, and diagrams.
Materials: Lumber, Durable rope, Eye screws, Eye bolts, Washers, Anchor shackle, Wood Screws, Brad nails, Deck Stain
Tools Needed: Drill & driver, Kreg jig, Nail gun, Compound miter saw, Sander, Paint brush
Skilled woodworkers should check out Jaime Costiglio’s cedar bench design. It’s classic, functional, and family-friendly. Thoughtful touches include screws set into “pockets,” preventing scrapes for kids.
Materials: Cedar boards, Pocket hole screws, Wood screws, Wood glue, Wood finish (if desired)
Tools Needed: Drill, Pocket hole jig (optional), Jigsaw, Sander (optional)
Looking for comfy, easy to build, and cheap? Look no further! The Sorry Girls share a plan for a pallet bed swing that will appeal to beginner and expert alike.
Materials: 2 pallets, Wood screws, Durable nylon rope, Weather proof fabric (optional)
Tools Needed: Saw, Sandpaper, Drill, Scissors
Construct 101’s swing plans are straightforward. Clearly laid out. Well diagramed. So much so that we’re confident that anyone can succeed with them – regardless of skill level. All you need is dedication and supplies!
Materials: Lumber, Carriage bolts, nuts and washers, Deck screws, Eye bolts, nuts and washers
Tools Needed: Pencil, Jigsaw, Drill
For those looking for a sturdier porch swing, the Family Handyman has you covered. Steel piping added to the frame makes it both long-lasting and safer for children. The high backs also provide extra comfort for loungers.
Materials: Lumber, Deck screws, ½” steel pipe, Quick link eyes
Tools Needed: Table saw, Circular saw, Drill, Jigsaw
Want a little more swing in your sit? Check out this wooden swing on Instructibles. The different types of wood in these plans require more woodworking skills, but the gorgeous payoff is sweet.
Materials: Lumber (cherry, maple, bloodwood), Durable, braided rope, Eye bolts, Quick links
Tools Needed: Table saw, Drill, Router table
Materials: 2x4s, Eye bolts, Wood glue, Wood screws, Chain or durable rope
Tools Needed: Drill, Table, circular, or hand saw, Chisel
This cozy reading nook by Sugar Bee Crafts is perfect for children. It can also easily be sized up for adults with some heavier duty fabric and fasteners.
Materials: Sturdy fabric, 2x4s, Wood screws, Eye screws, Chain
Tools Needed: Sewing machine, Drill, Scissors, Saw
Don’t let expensive brand names or complicated diagrams scare you away from the porch swing of your dreams. Every one of the plans on our list is free. And we picked them for comfort and style, of course, but also for clear instruction and good information.
So, bring on those breezy, sunny days. Because with all these great ideas at your fingertips, a DIY porch swing has never been easier!
Featured image credit: Porch swing by glynn424, Pixabay
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!