Large Modern Porch Swing Couch

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 07/14/2020 - 14:42
Difficulty
Beginner
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Build your own porch swing in a couch size!  Fits standard 24 x 24 inch outdoor cushions.  Basic design is easy to build with a simple tools and off the shelf materials.  Free plans by Ana-White.com

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This plan has been updated to increase the back height for more comfort when leaning back and keeping pillows in place.  The original plans are still available here.
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Dimensions
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Dimensions are shown above. Seat is designed to fit 3 - 24" x 24" cushions, or one 24" wide x 72" long cushion.

Preparation

Shopping List
  • 5 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 8 - 1x6 @ 72" long (can also use cedar fence pickets, but must be properly sanded or planed first)
  • 70 - 1-1/2" to 2" long self tapping exterior use screws (look for the star bit ones)
  • 50 - 2-1/2" to 3" long exterior self tapping wood screws (look for the star bit ones)
  • Hardware to hang swing and swing chain

Cut List

2 - 2x4 @ 69" - seat frame front and back

2 - 2x4 @ 25-3/4" - seat frame sides

2 - 2x4 @ 22-3/4" - seat frame center supports

2 - 2x4 @ 16-1/4" - arm rest front supports

4 - 2x4 @ 30-1/4" - back supports

2 - 2x4 @ 27-1/4" - arm rests

8 - 1x6 @ 72" 

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Hammer
Safety Glasses
Drill
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Level
Drill Bit Set

Instructions

Step 1

Use the longer screws to build the frame for the seat, two screws per joint.

Step 2

Add center supports to the seat frame with the longer screws, use two screws per joint.

Step 3

Attach back rest and arm rest supports to the frame, all outside edges flush.  Use three screws per joint, using the longer screws.

Step 4

Attach arm rest to the tops of the arm support and to the back support.  Use two screws per joint, using the longer screws.

Step 5

Attach the top seat slat to the back supports, all outside edges flush, using the shorter screws, two per joint.

Step 6

Attach remaining back supports using the longer screws into the seat frame, two per joint.

Then attach to the top seat slat with shorter screws, two per joint.

Step 7

Attach remaining seat back slats to the back with the shorter screws, two per joint.

Step 8

Attach seat slats to the seat frame, using the shorter screws, two per joint.

Step 9

We hung ours on an existing playground swing set, but your situation may likely vary from mine. Here is a good article on proper hanging of swings. On this swing, you will want to hang from the side aprons of the seat frame - that's where the majority of your weight will be. Also, I hung ours at a very slight (approximately 5 degree) back angle, to increase the comfort level.

DISCLAIMER: This is a very heavy swing and must be properly hung. Build, hang and use at your own risk - We are not liable for personal injury, loss or death from use of swing. 

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Comments

Cindy McCoy (not verified)

Sat, 04/07/2012 - 20:39

I love the design for this swing! Instead of having two rows for the back I want to do 4. Would I just make the support boards longer? Thanks.

Mary M (not verified)

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 12:18

Ana, so happy to have found your site. This is a sweet porch swing you show here. Thank you so much!

My hubby and I love all things about porches - and you have to have a nice porch swing on a porch! I remember swinging with my Grandma when I was a little girl. She had a large porch on an old-fashioned two story home.

Here are some more pictures of porch swings: http://www.front-porch-ideas-and-more.com/porch-swings.html that your readers may enjoy. But, there's nothing like making one yourself. I am excited to dig deeper into your site. Thank you!

Anna Claes (not verified)

Sat, 06/16/2012 - 17:18

I have looked and looked for a 72-inch cushion for this swing, and can't find one! Can you or anyone else advise me on where to get one? Thanks so much!

Jeni c (not verified)

Wed, 08/01/2012 - 10:46

I loooove this so much! I just had a new super porch at our hunting lodge (10x30) built and i had them reenforce the ceiling to hold a super swing. Is there any way to make it longer assuming it won't compromise the strength? Thanks so much!!!

Mommyof4

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 18:23

This was my first build- super easy, fun and turned out beautiful!! I painted it a creamy white, made the back taller and the arm rest a bit wider! We have it hung next to our bed swing under the pergola my wonderful husband built! I absolutely love it!!! I am making my brother and sister in law one for Christmas!

roger1122

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 03:07

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