Garden Swing Plans for the Backyard

A while back, when we were discussing how we were going to update our garden swing, we were also considering adding an arbor to the backyard. Then we thought, let’s combine the two together! And so we designed our own Garden Swing Frame. It is now a functional and beautiful part of our backyard!

DIY BACKYARD SWING | Add beauty and function with this easy to build swing frame

Our first step was to figure out what we wanted. We knew we wanted it to be portable. We have thoughts of moving someday and wanted to be able to easily move this with us. And since one of the reasons for an arbor is to have some beautiful flowers growing up the sides, I made sure there were latticeworks up both sides and across the top.

Want to make your own? You can purchase the plans for $7.99 

GARDEN SWING PLANS - Give this easy Weekend Project a try! Plans included!

Here’s how I built it…

Supply List:
Lumber:
Treated (ground contact)
11- 4’’ x 4’’ x 8’
10- 2’’ x 4’’ x 10’
12- 2’’ x 2’’ x 8’
8- 1’’ x 2’’ x 8’
Hardware:
28- 5/16’’ x 5 1/8’’ Structural Screws
84- #10 x 3 1/8’’ Multi- Purpose Screws
120- #8 x 2’’ Trim head Screws
1- Swing Hanger Hardware Kit
96- 1 1/4’’ finish nails
Cut List:
Base: Top:
2- 4’’ x 4’’ x 55’’ 2- 2’’ x 4’’ x 120’’
2- 4’’ x 4’’ x 48’’ 16- 2’’ x 4’’ x 60’’
2- 4’’ x 4’’ x 73 1/2’’
Sides: Swing Support:
4- 4’’ x 4’’ x 96’’ 1- 4’’ x 4’’ x 73 1/2’’
4- 4’’ x 4’’ x 41’’
Upper Trellis:
12- 2’’ x 2’’ x 45’’
26- 2’’ x 2’’ x 5 1/2’’
Lower Trellis:
12- 2’’ x 2’’ x 24’’
16- 2’’ x 2’’ x 5 1/2’’
Trellis Trim:
16- 1’’ x 2’’ x 41’’

Start by building the base framework. Securing the ends with the 5/16’’ x 5 1/8’’ Structural Screws

GARDEN SWING PLANS - Give this easy Weekend Project a try! Plans included!

Then assemble the sides with the same 5/16’’ x 5 1/8’’ Structural Screws.

GARDEN SWING PLANS - Give this easy Weekend Project a try! Plans included!

Always make sure to keep your connections square.

GARDEN SWING PLANS - Give this easy Weekend Project a try! Plans included!

Bolt the sides to the inside corners of the base with 5/16’’ x 5 1/8’’ Structural Screws.

Purchase the garden swing plans for $7.99 

GARDEN SWING PLANS - Give this easy Weekend Project a try! Plans included!

If you are working by yourself use a scrap piece of wood to hold the sides in place.

GARDEN SWING PLANS - Give this easy Weekend Project a try! Plans included!

Attach the swing support to the upper cross piece with 5/16’’ x 5 1/8’’ Structural Screws.

GARDEN SWING PLANS - Give this easy Weekend Project a try! Plans included!

Attach the rafter supports and top with #10 x 3 1/8’’ Multi- Purpose Screws.

Purchase the plans for $7.99 

GARDEN SWING PLANS - Give this easy Weekend Project a try! Plans included!

Build the upper and lower trellis’s with the 2 x 2’s and #8 x 2’’ Trim head Screws. And attach them to the sides by toe-nailing the 1 1/4’’ finish nails.

GARDEN SWING PLANS - Give this easy Weekend Project a try! Plans included!

After you have completed building the frame move it into position and install your Swing Hanger Hardware Kit and the Swing of your choice.

We chose the Azalea Ridge Better Homes and Garden Outdoor Swing. The swing came with the cushions and we added the pillows.

Build your own Garden Swing Frame!

Purchase the garden swing plans for $7.99 

DIY BACKYARD SWING | Add beauty and function with this easy to build swing frame

 

 

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