Even thought the weather isn’t quite warm enough outside where we live to enjoy a porch swing right now, we’re already thinking about how that’s the first outdoor project we want to tackle for our home the moment things warm up. We’re doing the research now so that we’re prepared to make it happen when the time is right! We know you can buy all kinds of porch swings in stores, but we always just feel more satisfied when we’ve created something like that ourselves, so we took to the Internet for some inspiration and guidance and we were quite pleased indeed with what we found!
Just in case you’re feeling just as interested as we are, if not more, in making your very own porch swing, here are 15 of the very best ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search.
1. DIY $40 farmhouse inspired porch swing
Are you working on a budget and convinced that you can still make a great DIY porch swing happens even if you don’t have all the money in the world to spend on it? Well, we’re pleased to announce that you’re actually correct about that! Check out how Shanty 2 Chic outlined their porch swing making process that only ended up costing them $40 and an afternoon.
2. Classic white wooden porch swing
Do you love the idea of a wooden porch swing that looks like something you might have seen at a farmhouse of auld, but you’ve also got a gorgeous white porch that you worked very hard on perfecting and you’d like it to match? In that case, we think you’ll find just what you’re looking for in this tutorial featured in detail on A Beautiful Mess.
3. Low back porch swing with a cushion seat
Are you actually scrolling through our list hoping to find something a little more casual and a little less high and large in its structure, because you find those take up so much space? In that case, we have a sneaking suspicion that you might get along a little better with this awesome tutorial from Simply Designing that teaches you how to make a porch swing with a low back and a comfy cushion seat.
4. Large modern porch swing
Do you come from a larger family with kids who are always trying to do things all together at once, so you find you simply have to make everything a touch bigger than usual? Then here’s a porch swing design that might be a little more along the lines of what you need! This tutorial from Ana White shows you just how simple an extra long seat and a slightly modern looking shape can be to include in your porch swing design.
5. Wood and crib mattress porch swing
Are you the kind of person who will always take a chance to upcycled something from you’re home that you’re not using anymore, essentially whenever you can? Well, if you happen to have held onto the things your children have outgrown over the years and you know there are no more babies in your future, then a porch swing is actually a fantastic way to upcycle a wooden crib! Get the full details for making it happen on Sawdust 2 Stitches.
6. Upcycled wood pallet porch swing
Wooden pallet projects are super trendy right now, and for good reason. They’re convenient, affordable, and there are just so many things you can turn pallet wood into! Porch swings are no exception. If you’re a huge fan of wooden pallet projects then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Yellow Brick Home used one to make this simple but totally classic swing.
7. Upcycled headboard porch swing
Did we actually really catch your attention when we started talking about the idea of upcycling old furniture in order to make awesome porch swings but you don’t happen to have an old baby crib on hand? Well, if you can get your hands on a spare headboard, then you can still work with the bed furniture theme, just in a different way! Take a better look at the tutorial on The Rustic Pig to see how they turned a headboard into the back of their swing.
8. Heart porch swing with cup holders
Are you actually someone who has a little more experience in wood working and you’re looking to put that to good use and get some practice in projects with a bit of finesse? In that case, we think you just might be the perfect person to give this beautiful wooden porch swing with cup holders and a heart shaped cutout a try! Instructables has all the information you’ll need to make it happen.
9. Porch swing fire pit
Have we actually really caught your attention with this mention of projects that are best for people with a little more woodworking experience but you’re actually hoping to find something that’s even more challenging than the idea above, just to really put your skills to the test? Well, if you have a large family or you love entertaining lots of friends, then we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at this full guide from Hodgepodgerama that teaches you how to make a frame with four porch style swings surrounding a fire pit!
10. Simple 2×4 porch swing
Maybe you are looking to put your basic woodworking skills to good use but you’d rather just make something simple and straightforward because you’re more of a beginner than we described above? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll get along a little better with something like this simple but classic 2×4 design outlined step by step on Jay’s Custom Creations!
11. High backed wooden porch swing
Are you actually quite intrigued by this whole concept of making a wooden swing that puts your woodworking skills to the test from scratch but, if you’re going to do it custom, then you’d rather create a design with a much higher back to it? In that case, we’re pretty sure this tutorial and design from Build Eazy is just the kind of thing you’re looking for.
12. Heavy duty family porch swing
Have we caught your attention with every mention of a design that’s meant for a large family but what you really mean when you talk about the size of your family is that you need something to be kind of heavy duty, since it’ll get used a lot? Then we think you might get along best with this family sized porch swing that’s literally built with wear and tear in mind! Check out how Instructables did it with strong wood, braces, and good chains.
13. Frame hanging porch swing for homes with no porch
Have you actually always dreamed of having a porch swing, ever since you were a little kid, and now you have the skills to make one but no covered porch on which to install it? In that case, we think you simply must take a look at the way Porter Custom Calls went ahead and made a swing frame for their bench swing instead! They show you how to make it happen nice and solidly for safety, porch or no porch.
14. Wooden bench porch swing for under $100
Are you the kind of person who loves to create things that are a well-made and a little bit decorative but also likes to keep budget in mind whenever possible? Then we’re pretty sure you just might be the perfect person to give this lovely handmade and painted bench style porch swing from Instructables a try! This guide shows you how to make it happen for under $100.
15. Extra high backed porch swing
Has your favourite idea on our list so far been that of making a porch swing with a higher back on it, but your idea design actually has a back that’s even higher than what you saw in the previous tutorial we showed you? Then, before we sign off on this post, we’d like to offer you one more design for consideration! Check out this swing from Family Handyman that has the highest leaning bench back on anything we’ve found in our search so far.
Do you know another home crafter or DIY enthusiast who has long been talking about wanting to build their own porch swing but you also know that they could use a bit of guidance along the way? Share this post with them so they have all kinds of inspiration and info to work with!