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: Porch Bed Swing Printable Materials List and Build Overview.
As you get started, here’s a handy video that takes you through all the steps to make your porch bed swing.
We recommend getting the following supplies:
• (5) 5/4″ x 6″ x 10′ Decking Boards
• (7) 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 (38″ x 76″)
• 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
• Safety Glasses / Ear Protection
• Dust Mask / Work Gloves
OVERALL DIMENSIONS OF THE 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″.
With your deck boards prepped, follow these cuts for your DIY porch bed swing:
Step 1: Build the Braces
Step 2: Assemble the Support Structure
Step 3: Support Braces & Rope Holes
Step 4: Build the Frame Ends
Step 5: Cut the Front Frame
Step 6: Cut and Install Ledger Strips
Step 7: Attach the Front Frame and Install Front Braces
Step 8: Cut the Back Rest Supports
Step 9: Install Back Supports
Step 10: Install Ledger Strip Across Back Frame
Step 11: Attach Back Assembly to Frame
Step 12: Assemble Arm Rest Supports
Step 13: Attach Arm Rest Supports
Step 14: Cut and Attach Arm Rests
Step 15: Cut and Attach the Back Slats
Step 16: Cut and Attach the Porch Bed Swing Bottom
Step 17: Install Foam Mattress, Cut Rope Holes, Hang the Porch Bed Swing…and then RELAX