This bench swing has adjustable tilt. It can be adjusted to sit up straight or rest back a little.
Plans for bench swing – PDF downloadable file.
Woodworking plans for a bench swing.
There are 13 pages in the downloadable file, consisting of plans, drawings, photos, and step-by-step instructions.
How to build a bench swing.
This bench swing has adjustable tilt.
It can be adjusted to give varying degrees of comfort depending on whether or not you want to sit up straight or rest back a little.
I first made the this bench swing back in 2003 and has been my most used project. It has stood the test of time and been made by many.
As with other Buildeazy projects, its designed with the home handyman or DIYer in mind.
All joins are secured with bolts and/or screws and nails.
Because of this, the project only requires the most basic of tools to undertake a professional job.
The cutting list in the downloadable file gives a drawing of every different piece of wood along with the dimensions.
Wood and wood sizes
For the most part there are two different types of lumber used in the project: 90mm x 35mm (1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″) treated pine for the frame and 90mm x 20mm (3/4″ x 3-1/2″) hardwood for the seat slats and back slats.
Also a small amount of 140mm x 20mm (3/4″ x 5-1/2″) treated pine for the arm rest.
As well as the lumber in the list above, you will also need…
Two 3600mm (12ft) lengths of galvanized chain
10 galvanized coach (carriage) bolts 10mm (3/8″) x 120mm (5″) long.
A handful of 100mm (4″) nails.
A few 75mm (3″) nails to hold the two end frame members together while drilling and bolting.
92 wood screws approx 35mm (1-1/2″) long for the seat slats, back slats and arm rests.
The seat is 1300mm (51″) long and 445mm (17-1/2″) wide. The overall width is 634mm (25″). The overall height is pretty much up to yourself.
The plans are written in both metric (millimetre) and standard (inch) measurements.
Thank you for the free plans downloaded from your web site. This enabled me to construct the swing seat (photo attached) for my wife and 4 day old great grandson, to enjoy in the future. My wife at present is suffering from a serious illness and takes great enjoyment from the swing, that is when our Scottish weather allows. Thanks again.
Richard/ Isobel Saunders and great grandson Thomas More
Fantastic plans, thanks. We don’t have a porch to swing from so I made a pergola instead.
I decided to use rope instead of chains for aesthetic reasons and we are both pleased with the outcome. Rog’ and Alex (UK)
hi, I made this 1 from your plans and i think its brilliant. All made from tanalised wood. Had to be different sizes. 4×2, 2×2. 3×2. 4×1 and 6×1 but all worked out in the end. love this site.
Chyanne Barrasin Cornwall. United Kingdom
My husband and I built this swing in one afternoon.
The swing is built with treated lumber and we made it wider and deeper and arms are 3″ higher, we also used 6″ fence boards for the seat and back.
I used a dark walnut stain and then sealed it with a clear finish.
I love our swing, thank you so much for the great plan!
Here is a picture of our swing.
Later Janice Alberta, Canada.
Absolutely loved to build my own swing, the experience is great. I’ll definitely look for my next project here. I customized mine with a some brown dye and my routered signature. Looks great on the balcony.
Sacramento – Costa Rica
I built my swing out of Bois D Arc and Red Cedar. I modified some of the dimensions based on comments posted. Arm rests are higher and seat is wider and a little deeper…… Came out perfect……. watched the sunset tonight in it….
I used the plans on your site for this porch swing but added length and depth to the seat. I should have added 3 inches height to the arm rest. Overall it turned out great and was fun to make.
This was actually the first time that I have actually made a work project. I had a rough start as I was getting used to what type of wood to pick out and how the final layout was going to turn out, but both my wife and I were very happy with the results.
The plans were easy to follow and I will continue to use your site for more new ideas. The new swing bench looks great in our front porch. Thanks.
Here is a couple of pics of realized projects from your great site,(I’m sure it wont be the last)!!! The swing-seat is a great shady place to relax and enjoy a nice and cool Bavarian Beer on a hot summer day.
Also a picture of our Greenhouse. It works really good.
Costs were around 160,- Euro.
Thanx Alex & Stefan
Hi, I just finished the swing plan and are using it. I had already had a swing which I designed some twenty years ago and this one is very interesting in it’s look and design. Much nicer that mine was. My wife, who the swing was for has commented that she preferred my version of the swing for the following reasons. I had sides with higher supports which allowed her to turn on the swing with her back to the side. The other thing was that the chain connecting the swing back is in the way and interferes with the arm rest. So now she wants me to modify the design to remedy these items. The armrest could be 4 to 6 inches higher to make it more comfortable when sitting. The chain in the back is not a problem, I will simply attach it to the back support.
Other than these two minor items, I think it is a great design and easy to build.
I just finished building this swing as a surprise birthday present for my fiance. I want to complement the Les Kenny for having made terrific plans to follow. This was my first wood shop project and it turned out great. I searched many sites for plans for a swing and this was by far the best.
Thanks again, CJ
Thank you for the plans, the project went very smooth. I chose to go on the cheap and I used what wood I had around, namely, spruce 2×10’s and 1 x 4’s. The kids painted it with Tremclad White. Looks great.
Gord B. Princeton BC Canada
From Fernando Oliveira
Made this porch swing using free plan from BUILDEAZY.
Turned out great. Sincere thanks for the plans you provide.
Brett N – Shawnee, OK, USA.
Really nice design frame on this swing. I varied somewhat but still managed to get a nice looking swing out of it.Thanks
I was so pleased with the design I wanted to share a few comments and picture.
I followed other’s suggestions for extending the arm’s 3 inches and that works out nicely.
Also, I used 5/4 womanized decking boards and ripped them for the 2 x 4 framing.
This gave it a less beefy look and feel. Plus, I used cheap ceiling stripping wood for the seat and back planks.
Usually you can pick thru those and find some decent ones.
All my materials were $51, including the chains.
I’m enjoying the new swing so much that I’m contemplating build another, wider one.