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DIY Transform A Bed to An Outdoor Swing Bench

Updated on March 5, 2016

How to build an outdoor swing using a head and foot board from a bed.

Save Money in your home and build your own out door swing.

Great backyard fun
Great backyard fun | Source

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Supplies You Will Need

Tools for Project
Tools for Project | Source

Why did I build this Swing?

My favorite thing to do is to Up-cycle trash into usable things or backyard Treasures. Today I am using a wooden head board and foot board to make a bench swing. This project serves a load of purposes.

First- I reuse an old bed so I don’t have to pay to have it hauled away.

Second- at the cost of lumber today, I figured this project saved me close to one hundred dollars to build.

Third- There was almost no sawing and very little to assemble, so I saved a lot of time.

Fourth- you don't have to sand or even stain it... it is already weatherproof and done.

To purchase a wooden swing already made, with the hanging chains and a frame to hang it to is anywhere from $169.00 up to $321.00. So you are saving a ton of money using your old bed and it is so easy to do.

I used a 3/4 wooden bed so my swing is four feet wide. For those of you that don’t know what a ¾ bed is. It is the middle size bed between a twin bed and a double bed. I don’t even know if they make them anymore. They are a more comfortable bed than a twin and they don’t take up the whole bedroom like a double bed does.

Supplies you will need are:

Headboard and Foot-board from any bed

2 -12 foot galvanized dog chains with clips.

Jigsaw or hand saw and an Electric screwdriver or drill

A square head screw bit

12 Galvanized- 2 inch outdoor deck screws

One- Big Backyard Tree.

Out door Swing

How to build out door swing
How to build out door swing | Source

Swing Chains

Properly cut chains for hanging the swing
Properly cut chains for hanging the swing | Source

Building the Out Door Swing

First: Disassemble your bed to acquire only the headboard and foot-board parts.

Second: Using your jig saw cut the foot board exactly in half (down the middle)to be used for the arms of the out door swing. Also cut the head board off, halfway down( or just under the part that you would see above your mattress if this was still on your bed) to be used for the back of the swing. (See picture.) You should be cutting only the two legs of the headboard. The board that is holding the other half of the headboard to the remaining legs will be removed to make the seat of the out door swing.

I left the legs on the foot board to face the front of the swing. Take your electric drill and using two -two inch deck screws, screw the top of each piece of foot board , top and bottom to the headboard. You can us two screws for each top and bottom attachment to the headboard. Then lay the board you saved that was below the fancy part of the head board across the two fastened foot board arms and you should be able to screw it onto the foot board arms with two deck screws each.

Now you have made an out door swing in no time at all. To hang it in the tree we looped the twelve foot dog chains through the arm pieces and under the bottom of the back of the swing. This supported the swing and also two adults that could cozily sit in it. We hung it this way so we wouldn't damage the tree by screwing one inch eye screws into it.

TIP: If you want to properly hang this swing cut your chains in two three foot sections and four two foot sections and join them together with S hooks . They can be attached to the bottom of the swing and a frame or your front porch roof with two more two inch eye hooks.

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    • suzzycue profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Britton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Lipnancy you should build one for your backyard. These are great swings for next to no cost.

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      Nancy Yager 

      6 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      What a wonderful reusable idea! You are very creative.

    • suzzycue profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Britton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I like it too. Thanks a lot for sharing on pinterest nikkiwikki.

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      Nikki Wiks 

      6 years ago from Ireland

      Love this - going straight on my pinterest :)

    • suzzycue profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Britton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for your comment Ericdierker. They are quiet reflective havens and I love to sit in them. I like that expression reflective havens. It would make a great title for a poem.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very well done. I think my mom had at least four of these she had my brothers and I put up, along with hammocks. These are quiet reflective havens.

    • suzzycue profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Britton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you always exploring. Your's is the best compliment ever! I appreciate your comments.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is unbelievable. Who would ever think of this? You...I think it's a great idea, plus it looks good. Thank you for sharing..

    • suzzycue profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Britton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you NatalieSack. I appreciate your comment.

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      NatalieSack 

      6 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      Cool idea.

    • suzzycue profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Britton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you jtrader it was a hoot to build.

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      jtrader 

      6 years ago

      This is a good idea. Thanks for sharing the steps.

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