Farmstead Project: Build A Porch Swing

Take a load off and slow things down a little with this sturdy, spacious and stylish piece of outdoor furniture.

By Chris Hill | Illustration by Ray E. Watkins Jr.

Porch swing project

Porch swing project

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The porch swing remains one of the most iconic elements of the American home. Representing an era when time passed by a little more slowly, it’s a piece of furniture that’s more than just a place to sit. Add to that nostalgia the rhythmic motion of a hanging sofa—from which to enjoy the outdoors and visit with neighbors and family—and we have what is still one of the greatest stress relievers ever invented.

This project offers a few features you won’t find in mass-produced versions available at big-box stores. First, constructed mostly with 2x lumber, this swing is incredibly sturdy and could very well become an heirloom passed down for generations.

Second, we’ve added a handy cupholder at the ends of the arms. That way you can swing and sway, and not have to stretch to reach your drink on a side table.

Third, this is one spacious swing. The seat is deep and wide, so you can stretch out a little. And fourth, well, you can say with pride, you made it.

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