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House One’s Jenn Largesse demonstrates how to build a very simple, but stylish porch swing.

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1. Using the cut list provided, cut the 2x6 and 2x4 pieces to length.  

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2. Prep the boards with pocket holes noted in the cut list for a strong and sturdy assembly.

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DIY Budget Porch Swing

Published on September 17, 2020
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Difficulty: Intermediate
  • (2) 2 x 6 x 8 boards
  • (6) 2 x 4 x 8 boards
  • (4) porch swing hanging hardware
  • 2½-inch pocket hole screws
  • 3-inch deck screws
  • Paint or stain
  • 3/4-inch rope—Get enough to reach from the ground to hanging height, times four
  • Porch swing outdoor cushion (optional), or a repurposed crib mattress
CUT LIST for porch swing bench
  • 2x6 front and back –2 @ 57 ½ inches2x6 ends –2 @ 21 inches (3 pocket holes at each end)
  • 2x4 supports –6 @ 21 inches (2 pocket holes at each end)
  • 2x4 front and back and backrest –3 @ 48 ½ inches (2 pocket holes at each end)
  • 2x4 side rails –2 @ 27 (2 pocket holes at each end)
  • 2x4 armrest horizontal supports –2 @ 27 (2 pocket holes at each end, and two along the side of the board)
  • 2x4 armrest vertical supports –2 @ 12 inches (2 pocket holes at one end)
  • 2x4 handrail –2 @ 28 ½ inches (2 pocket holes at one end only)
  • 2x4 headrest –1 @ 55 ½ inches
Full tutorial and build video: https://bit.ly/HouseOnePorchSwing

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