How to Make a Porch Swing Stand Out of Wood

Porch swings offer a peaceful luxury on spring and fall evenings, ideally with a glass of lemonade or iced tea. If you don't have a porch, however, there is no reason to deny yourself this treat. You can create a simple A-frame out of 4-by-4 lumber and premade frame brackets, available at larger hardware stores. The construction of this easy frame can be accomplished in an afternoon.

Your swing's A-frame will resemble those found in public parks.

Step 1

Cut four 7-foot pieces of 4-by-4 lumber, and a fifth piece that is 9 feet long. 

Step 2

Cut one end of each 7-foot piece to a 45-degree angle.  This will allow these pieces to rest flush on the ground.

Step 3

Paint or stain the boards if desired. 

Step 4

Insert the uncut ends on the 7-foot boards into two A-frame brackets, with the tip of the cut end facing away from the frame, creating two large V shapes. 

Step 5

Drill holes through the boards, using the bolt holes in the brackets as a guide for hole diameter and placement. 

Step 6

Bolt the boards to the bracket through the holes that you have drilled.  You will use 12 mm galvanized bolts that are 5 to 6 inches long, depending on the thickness of the bracket's sides.

Each bolt should have a washer threaded onto it before passing it through the frame, and a second washer added before screwing on the nut. 

Step 7

Tighten all nuts with a pair of pliers. 

Step 8

Stand the two A-frames up and insert the 9-foot board into each bracket's third flange, completing the swing frame.  You may need a few friends to assist with this step.

Step 9

Drill holes through the 9-foot board, using the bolt holes in the brackets as a guide. 

Step 10

Bolt the 9-foot board to the brackets. 

Step 11

Screw the swing's mounting eyebolts into the frames top board and hang the swing. 

Things You Will Need

  • 4-by-4 boards
  • Saw
  • Paint or stain (optional)
  • A-frame brackets (2)
  • Drill
  • 12 mm galvanized bolts, nuts and washers
  • Pliers
  • Swing and mounting eyebolts

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