12 Free Porch Swing Plans

Homemade dark wood porch swing with a tan cushion and multicolored pillows

The Spruce / Michelle Becker

Use a free porch swing plan to build your family a place to sit and gather during the warm months and cuddle under a blanket when the evenings get chilly. This is a project you can feel good about making and it will be used for many generations to come.

Building a porch swing is a fairly simple woodworking project perfect for the beginner or intermediate builder and will be a unique addition to your patio furniture. All the porch swing plans have detailed instructions and blueprints to help you succeed.

This will only take you a day or two to build and you can expect to spend around $150.

Don't limit yourself if you don't have a large enough front porch for a swing. Think about your back porch, deck, or even a tree in your yard. You can even suspend one from an arbor or swing set frame. A porch swing would make anywhere in your yard so much more enjoyable.

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    Simple to Build Porch Swing

    A wooden porch swing with red pillows

    Ana White

    This free porch swing plan will give you everything you need so you can build a beautiful porch swing. It has an extra high back to make it super comfortable. Included in the porch swing plan are illustrations, diagrams, written directions, materials, and tools list, cut list, finishing instructions, and color photos of the finished project.

    Simple to Build Porch Swing from Ana White

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    DIY Porch Swing Plan

    A wooden porch swing on a deck

    Simply Designing

    Ashley Phipps from Simply Designing has come with this beautiful DIY porch swing plan that's casual but at the same time beautiful to look at. The plan includes color photos, a supply list, step-by-step directions, diagrams, and finishing suggestions.

    DIY Porch Swing Plan from Simply Designing

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    Outdoor Pallet Swing Plan

    A porch swing made out of a pallet.

    The Sorry Girls

    With two pallets, rope, paint, and some basic tools you can make this outdoor pallet swing that's going to look great anywhere in your yard. Making it even sweeter, you can make this for around $30. There's a tool list, materials list, written directions, and photos to help you complete this beginner-friendly project.

    Outdoor Pallet Swing Plan from The Sorry Girls

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    Classic DIY Porch Swing

    A photo of a with porch swing with green and yellow throw pillows

    A Beautiful Mess

    A Beautiful Mess has a DIY porch swing plan that uses primarily 2x4's to create a classic looking swing that would look great on any porch.  A supply list, tool list, diagram, color photos, and building instructions are all included in the free plan. 

    Classic DIY Porch Swing from A Beautiful Mess

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    How to Make a Porch Swing Seat

    A porch swing in a large yard


    This is a fairly simple-to-complete porch swing plan that is perfect for the beginner. The final product will certainly hide the fact of just how easy it was to build. A hardware list, cut list, directions, photos, and user comments will help you complete this project with ease.

    How to Make a Porch Swing Seat from BuildEazy

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    Cedar Swinging Bench

    A hanging bench with a quilt on it

    Jaime Costiglio

    Jamie Costiglio has designed this DIY porch swing plan that's a hanging bench built out of cedar. There's a free PDF of this plan that includes a supply list, cut list, diagrams, and building instructions. 

    Cedar Swinging Bench from Jaime Costiglio

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    Free Porch Swing Plan

    A porch swing in a garage.

    My Outdoor Plans

    You'll be able to use this porch swing plan to make your family a swing in a single weekend. Use cedar, redwood, or pine to create this weather-resistant piece of art. You'll find a materials list, tools list, diagrams, written instructions, and tips on staining all in this free porch swing plan.

    Free Porch Swing Plan from My Outdoor Plans

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    2 X 4 Porch Swing Plan

    An unfinished porch swing in a yard.

    Jay's Custom Creations

    Build this porch swing and it will only take you around five hours and $40. Now that's a nice trade-off. This is an excellent free porch swing plan that includes a PDF file with step-by-step directions and diagrams. There's also a video that will take you through the whole building process.

    2 X 4 Porch Swing Plan from Jay's Custom Creations

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    DIY Garden Swing Plan

    A yellow porch swing in a garden

    Sunset Magazine

    This high-back porch swing plan from Sunset Magazine connects to a porch or branch from rope or hemp that is tied into the arms. Download this free porch swing plan and you'll get a materials list, color photos, diagrams, written instructions, and valuable building tips.

    DIY Garden Swing Plan from Sunset Magazine

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    DIY Porch Swing Plan

    Grandpa Swinging With His Granddaughter and Great Grandson

    Ideabug / Getty Images

    This free plan isn't only for a porch swing but also for a stand. This means that you can build this beauty and put it anywhere you want. You'll find full-size templates, building diagrams, parts list, detailed written instructions, and color pictures included in this free porch swing plan. Included are instructions on how to make wooden screw plugs to finish up your project.

    DIY Porch Swing Plan from Mother Earth News

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    Classic Porch Swing Plan

    Traditional Wooden Porch Swing
    Fuse / Getty Images

    Here's a free porch swing plan for a very classic looking swing that would look great on your front porch. Diagrams, color photos, materials list, and instructions, are all included in this free porch swing plan.

    Classic Porch Swing Plan from Extreme How-To

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    Porch Swing Makeover

    A porch swing on a patio

    Porch Daydreamer

    If you already have a porch swing, consider keeping it instead of building a new one. You can give it a makeover and it will look as good as new. With this project, you'll learn how to upholster cushions and paint the swing. There's also a tutorial that shows you how to wrap a rope around the swing chains. It's a time-consuming project but it really has a nice coastal vibe. Overall, you can makeover your porch swing in just a few simple steps.

    Porch Swing Makeover from Porch Daydreamer