When I imagine the most perfect summer, I see wispy clouds streaking across a blue sky with a light breeze blowing. I8217;m swinging slowly in a porch swing while the kids play in the yard. No matter how many versions of my dream I conjure up, there is always a porch swing.
You can make your own fairly easy and this DIY farm-inspired porch swing is both gorgeous and functional. It8217;s sturdy and deep, and the secret is that it uses a crib mattress for the seat. How brilliant is that?
My father-in-law has been making these beautiful porch swings that he sells to locals for some time now. We live in Idaho where farmland spans the landscape and stately red barns still dot country roads. If you love the modern farm style, then you8217;ll love this project!
First, a big shout-out to Arrow Fastener tools that help us complete all of our DIY projects, large and small. From their iconic T50 staple gun (which I8217;m sure you8217;ve seen everywhere), to the Arrow T50AC electric nail and staple gun featured in this project, Arrow Fastener has been helping us 8220;put things together8221; since 19298212;that8217;s 90 years!
- Skill saw or chop saw
- (7) 2x4x8 pieces of lumber
- (1) box of 2.5-inch wood screws
- (1) half-inch 4215;8 piece of plywood
- (8) half-inch loop eye bolts 4-inches in length (with washers and bolts)
- A pint of wood stain
- A pint of polyurethane sealant
- (1) 1-inch thick rope 25-30 feet long
- Crib mattress with dimensions 5.5 inches (H) x 27.25 inches (W) x 51.63 inches (D)
- (4) Heavy duty eye bolt screws
Since the seat of this porch swing is a crib mattress, this tutorial and lumber dimensions are sized to fit a standard crib mattress approximately 5.5 inches (H) x 27.25 inches (W) x 51.63 inches (D).
Before you begin fastening the pieces together, first set them up in form. Two side pieces, one back piece, and one bottom piece. It helps to label all cut pieces as 8220;A,8221; 8220;B,8221; and so forth in order to keep everything straight.
If you prefer not to see visible screws on your porch swing, use a pocket hole jig to make deeper, angled holes for your screws to go in. This is a simple step that makes a big difference stylistically. It just creates a clean, classy look.
The bottom and final piece consists of four 2x2s and one 2215;4 in the center for support. Fasten all 2x2s and the 2215;4 into place. Next, take the half-inch piece of plywood measured to fit and use the handy Arrow T50 Professional Electric Nail Gun to fasten the plywood to the frame of the swing.
The genius behind this particular porch swing is that it uses a crib mattress for the seat. It creates a deep swing that everyone can fit in and it is perfectly comfortable seating.
I bought this new crib mattress for $50, brining the grand total for this entire porch swing project just under $200! If you have some of these supplies on hand and an unused crib mattress, this porch swing can be very inexpensive to build.
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