building-a-hanging-wooden-porch-swingIs building a hanging wooden porch swing a project you have in mind? There are many interesting emotions attached to a porch swing. In fact there is nothing that beats the joy of sitting and relaxing on a cool porch swing. To add more panache to this, how would it be to sit and enjoy on a swing that you made by yourself?

To build a hanging wooden porch swing, you don’t require lots of professional skills. Instead, the project revolves around simple strategies that can be mastered in few short hours. And, this article will guide you through basic steps on how to build a porch of your choice.

How to Build a Hanging Wooden Porch Swing

These twelve steps outside line everything you need to set up your wooden porch swing by yourself. This is a pretty simple and easy building project.

Find a Place For Your Swing

First of all, you must measure the space available for your hanging swing. This area must be exceptionally free. For instance, there must be at least three feet of space around the swing. In case there are exposed beams and joists above the porch, you should hang the swing in-between these cracks.

Make sure, the hanging swing doesn’t affect the building’s structural elements. Conversely, you should identify how high, wide and deep the wooden porch swing should be. The seat’s width should be comfortable enough for a smooth swing! Ideal dimensions would be a depth of 508 mm and a height of 457 mm. A hanging swing of this height and width will be comfortable for any tall user.

Choosing the Right Kind of Materials

Moving on, you should decide the right kind of materials for your hanging wooden porch swing. As suggested by its name, more than 70% of the swing would comprise of wood lumber pieces. Consequently, you must handpick the treated wood varieties.

Most people opt for affordable & readily available choices like cypress, cedar, juniper, fir and yellow pine. Even birch would give your wooden porch swing an edgy look. Always decide on wood varieties that would be capable of supporting (strong & thick) the weight it would carry.

Gathering Important Resources

Likewise, you should gather all important tools for building wooden porch swings. There are plenty of DIY guidelines on what and why you should have certain equipment. Basic tools would include a circular saw, drill, tape measure, hammer, jigsaw and square.

Moving on, important fasteners would be the eye bolts and wood screws. In general, you should get hold of fifteen 4×1 inch lumber pieces; along with neatly cut lumber boards (one 6×2 inch board & 25.4×102 mm board). Once the important tools and materials are available, you should prepare a work table and get ready to work!

Measuring & Cutting

The very first step in building hanging wooden porch swings would be “Measuring and Cutting”. Initially, you should cut seven 4×2 inch boards of the length you wish the swing to be. Throughout this write up, you will read on how to build a 5 feet hanging swing.

The boards should be neatly cut and leveled carefully. According to experts, the boards should be cut into perfect 90 degree squares (or rectangles). Next, you must use a stop to prevent the boards from sliding when you rip. Use a clean, sharp table saw to rip the wood lumber pieces.

The Back and Seat

You should rip the swing’s back and seat. The seat slats must be at least 19 mm wide, whereas the back slats can be restricted to a width of 12.7 mm. A seat that is 508 mm deep will have 17 separate slats. And, a back that is 457 mm tall will have 15 slats with enough space between the slats.

In case the swing’s back and seat are of different sizes, you should be aware of how many slats you require. Always stick onto the lower side! You can rip more slats at any time.

Attaching the Pieces

Conversely, you should drill through the slats and attach them to the frame using clean wood screws. Pre-drilling will prevent the slats from splitting into two! Additionally, it would be wise to drill a hole in the swing’s center. This hole will be extremely useful when the swing requires center support. However, if you are working on hardwood or making a short bench, you will not require this hole.

Framing Proper Support

Moving on, you should put together the swing’s bottom and back support. If the bench requires only outer support, two bottom- and two back supports will be sufficient. These lumber pieces should be cut to match the swing’s overall dimension (back pieces will depend on the swing’s height, whereas the bottom pieces will depend on the seat’s length).

The Curvature

When compared against conventional benches, hanging wooden porch swings have smooth curves. These curves will make your bench experience much more comfortable and of course, your swing will look aesthetically pleasing too.

As potential builders, you can decide on the swing’s overall curvature. However, make sure the back & seat are predominantly straight.

• Use a dark pencil to draw curves on the lumber pieces.
• Consequently, use a marker to highlight this curve.
• If the back and bottom supports are of different sizes, you should sketch curves on each of these pieces again.

Shaping the Miter

Conversely, you should cut the miter for the seat board and back! These are important components of the wooden porch swing, which requires the right angles and cuts. For example, you can kick start the process of cutting 45 degree pieces.

Mark the angles carefully and make sure you are satisfied with the support it offers! As the angle between the seat board and back changes, your overall experience in the swing will differ.

Arm Rest & Arm Support

Now, it’s time to put together the arm rest and arm supports. Based on the swing’s actual users, you should fine tune and design these components. Usually, the armrest supports would be two wedge shaped boards. On the other hand, armrests are made of tampered boards that range between 7 to 10 inches. The armrest and armrest supports should be attached to one another using wood screws.

Ultimate Bottom Line

On the whole, it is quite easy to build wooden porch swings. As potential DIYers, you should get hold of proficient guidelines that will reduce a massive burden from your shoulders and make sure you have a usable swing!