Freestanding Porch Swing

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Freestanding Porch Swing

Add a Porch Swing to Your Outdoor Space There is nothing like relaxing on your porch when the weather is nice, and a porch swing is a great way to create a peaceful outdoor space.Choose the Right MaterialYou will find wooden swings that come in a range of sizes, styles and finishes. A maple or mahogany model will add charm to your home’s exterior. They are available in a natural finish or in a painted solid color. Choose an unfinished wooden swing if you want to match your existing woodwork.A wicker swing has a casual and inviting look. Many are tough and durable, made from all-weather resin over rust-resistant metal frames. For comfort, today’s wicker swings are typically paired with oversized seat cushions.Focus on FunctionThe traditional hanging porch swing design has evolved. One type can serve as an outdoor daybed if you have the space for it. A porch swing bed will typically fit a standard twin-size mattress. Smaller options are available as well. If your porch is unable to support a hanging swing, a porch swing frame lets you set up your seat anywhere you would like.Once you have chosen an outdoor porch swing, you can focus on filling in the rest of the space with patio chairs and hammocks. Read more

Freestanding Porch Swing

Add a Porch Swing to Your Outdoor Space There is nothing like relaxing on your porch when the weather is nice, and a porch swing is a great way to create a peaceful outdoor space.Choose the Right MaterialYou will find wooden swings that come in a range of sizes, styles and finishes. A maple or mahogany model will add charm to your home’s exterior. They are available in a natural finish or in a painted solid color. Choose an unfinished wooden swing if you want to match your existing woodwork.A wicker swing has a casual and inviting look. Many are tough and durable, made from all-weather resin over rust-resistant metal frames. For comfort, today’s wicker swings are typically paired with oversized seat cushions.Focus on FunctionThe traditional hanging porch swing design has evolved. One type can serve as an outdoor daybed if you have the space for it. A porch swing bed will typically fit a standard twin-size mattress. Smaller options are available as well. If your porch is unable to support a hanging swing, a porch swing frame lets you set up your seat anywhere you would like.Once you have chosen an outdoor porch swing, you can focus on filling in the rest of the space with patio chairs and hammocks.

Freestanding Porch Swing

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There is nothing like relaxing on your porch when the weather is nice, and a porch swing is a great way to create a peaceful outdoor space.Choose the Right MaterialYou will find wooden swings that come in a range of sizes, styles and finishes. A maple or mahogany model will add charm to your home’s exterior. They are available in a natural finish or in a painted solid color. Choose an unfinished wooden swing if you want to match your existing woodwork.A wicker swing has a casual and inviting look. Many are tough and durable, made from all-weather resin over rust-resistant metal frames. For comfort, today’s wicker swings are typically paired with oversized seat cushions.Focus on FunctionThe traditional hanging porch swing design has evolved. One type can serve as an outdoor daybed if you have the space for it. A porch swing bed will typically fit a standard twin-size mattress. Smaller options are available as well. If your porch is unable to support a hanging swing, a porch swing frame lets you set up your seat anywhere you would like.Once you have chosen an outdoor porch swing, you can focus on filling in the rest of the space with patio chairs and hammocks.

Freestanding Porch Swing

Everyone loves porch swings, but not everyone has the right space for them. Sometimes your porch is too small, or not strong enough for hanging a swing. Sometimes we just prefer to put our swings out in the garden, and need not only a sturdy stand, but often a canopy for shade. Swing and frame sets come in endless variety of styles and materials. You can find romantic swings made of wrought iron hanging from strong iron A-frame. Many people love swing sets made of beautiful hardwood like red cedar or southern Louisiana cypress. Porch swing stands for them can be made of metal or wood, but wooden swings look so much nicer with wooden stands. There is something about a wooden swing set that immediately bring you back to your childhood. If your garden does not have a nice shady tree, you will also need a shade for your swing. It can be a canvas awning or a small pergola that will naturally attract green vines. You can play with materials and combinations until you find just the perfect free standing swing set for your family.

Freestanding Porch Swing

Add Swing Supports and Hardware Retrieve the one-foot pieces of lumber that were trimmed from the top of the posts. Measure the width of the swing. Measure and mark the center point of the crossbeams. To center the swing supports, measure out from the center of the crossbeams half the width of the swing. Make a mark at this point, then repeat on the other side of the center point. Position a one-foot piece of 6×6 between the crossbeams at one of these points and tack it in place with screws. Position and attach the other 6×6 scrap on the other mark. To attach the pieces permanently, drill through the crossbeams and supports, then install carriage bolts, nuts and washers as above. Drill up through the bottom of the swing supports and install heavy-duty anchor bolts. These anchor bolts will hold eye bolts, which in turn will connect to the swing chain.

Freestanding Porch Swing

Retrieve the one-foot pieces of lumber that were trimmed from the top of the posts. Measure the width of the swing. Measure and mark the center point of the crossbeams. To center the swing supports, measure out from the center of the crossbeams half the width of the swing. Make a mark at this point, then repeat on the other side of the center point. Position a one-foot piece of 6×6 between the crossbeams at one of these points and tack it in place with screws. Position and attach the other 6×6 scrap on the other mark. To attach the pieces permanently, drill through the crossbeams and supports, then install carriage bolts, nuts and washers as above. Drill up through the bottom of the swing supports and install heavy-duty anchor bolts. These anchor bolts will hold eye bolts, which in turn will connect to the swing chain.

Freestanding Porch Swing

The swing used in this project measures about 4 feet wide, so the 6×6 posts need to be 9 feet apart inside edge to inside edge. This will leave about 2-1/2 feet of clearance to walk between the swing and each post. Determine the final position of the swing, then carefully measure and mark the location of the individual posts.

Freestanding Porch Swing

Retrieve the one-foot pieces of lumber that were trimmed from the top of the posts. Measure the width of the swing. Measure and mark the center point of the crossbeams. To center the swing supports, measure out from the center of the crossbeams half the width of the swing. Make a mark at this point, then repeat on the other side of the center point. Position a one-foot piece of 6×6 between the crossbeams at one of these points and tack it in place with screws. Position and attach the other 6×6 scrap on the other mark. To attach the pieces permanently, drill through the crossbeams and supports, then install carriage bolts, nuts and washers as above.

Attach the sides to the back and bottom of the swing. Attach the armrests to the arm rails. Determine where the swing chain should attach to the seat supports, and drill holes at those points large enough to accommodate anchor bolts. Also drill a hole through the armrest large enough for the chain to pass through. Install anchor bolts in the seat supports, then screw eye bolts into the anchor bolts. Install the chain, and the swing is ready to hang

Dig Holes The swing used in this project measures about 4 feet wide, so the 6×6 posts need to be 9 feet apart inside edge to inside edge. This will leave about 2-1/2 feet of clearance to walk between the swing and each post. Determine the final position of the swing, then carefully measure and mark the location of the individual posts. Use an auger to dig a hole for each of the posts. Make sure to dig the holes deep enough; for this project, the crew digs holes 3 feet deep and 12 to 18 inches wide. Remember, the same power that makes an auger effective at digging holes makes it hard to control; if you don’t think you can control the auger safely, have a friend help or call in a pro.

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