Bigger isn’t always better. At the request from many Wood. It’s Real. fans, we have re-designed our popular Porch Bed Swing, this time it’s 25% smaller.
Imagine this: laying down on a porch bed swing in the warm breeze, head propped on a pillow, a glass of sweet tea forming cold droplets of condensation on your hand. That sounds pretty darn nice way to relax, right? Take a few hours on a weekend to make this thing..it’ll be worth it, promise.
The length of time it takes you to build this project depends on how skilled you are. We figure for someone with intermediate skills, this build should take around 6 or so hours. However, we’ve received word from at least one novice builder that said she tackled this swing as her first ever building project.
There are lots of steps here, and you’ll be thrilled how it will all come together. We’d also like to point out that when you go to hang your amazing new porch bed swing, please make sure you consult an expert if you’re unsure that your structure can handle the weight.
Once you’ve made this project, let us know how it went. We’d love to see it and brag on you, OK?
Check out the step-by-step instructions below, or you can print out a cut list and overview of the build here: 25% Smaller Porch Bed Swing Printable Plans.
As you get started, here’s a handy video that takes you through all the steps to make your porch bed swing. Please keep in mind that this video shows the bigger bed, but it should still be helpful to watch.
We recommend getting the following supplies:
• (6) 5/4″ x 6″ x 8′ Decking Boards or (3) 5/4″ x 6″ x 12′ Decking Boards (if you can get the longer piece in your car)
• (6) 1″ x 6″x 8′ Pressure Treated SYP
• 1/4″ x 48″ x 96″ Plywood
• Exterior Grade Wood Glue
• 2″ Wood Deck Screws (100+)
• Appropriate Bit for Deck Screws
• Combination Countersink Bit
• 3/8″ Step/Pocket Hole Drill Bit
• 18-gauge, 1.5″ Finishing Nails or 1.5″ Staples • 7/8″ Forstner Drill Bit
• Chamfer Router Bit
• Heavy Ropes or Heavy Chains
• Foam Pad (24″ x 50″)
• Pencil, Measuring Tape
• Old Paint Brush
• 4-6 Bar Clamps (at least 5″ long)
• Pocket Hole Jig
• Straight Edge / Carpenter Square
• Wood File
• Table Saw
• Miter Saw
• Jig Saw
• Electric Drill / Driver
• Nail Gun / Staple Gun
• Radial Sander / Sanding Block
• Electric Knife, optional (for cutting foam)
• Safety Glasses / Ear Protection
• Dust Mask / Work Gloves
OVERALL DIMENSIONS OF THE 25% SMALLER PORCH BED SWING
Without further ado, here we go with the cut list. First thing’s first, you’ll need to square the edges of your deck boards by running them through a table saw taking off just the curved edges. See the how-to video to see what we mean. And because you’re squaring the edges of a 5/4″ x 6″ deck board, the actual dimensions (that you see in the cut list below) are 5/4″ x 5″.
Step 1: Build the Braces
Step 2: Assemble the Support Structure
Step 3: Support Braces & Rope Holes
Step 4: Cut and Attach the Frame Ends
Step 5: Cut and Attach the Front Frame
Step 6: Cut the Back Rest Supports
Step 7: Install Back Supports
Step 8: Install Ledger Strip Across Back Frame
Step 9: Attach Back Assembly to Frame
Step 10: Assemble Arm Rest Supports
Step 11: Attach Arm Rest Supports
Step 12: Cut and Attach Arm Rests
Step 13: Cut and Attach the Back Slats
Step 14: Cut and Attach the Porch Bed Swing Bottom
Step 15: Cut and Install Foam Mattress, Cut Rope Holes, Hang the Porch Bed Swing…and then RELAX