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DIY Outdoor Swings

Updated on February 6, 2017

Who Doesn't Love Swinging Outdoors?

There's something special about a swing that brings out the kid in everyone regardless of age. If I close my eyes, I can still remember how it felt on those lazy days spent languishing barefoot in the front porch swing.

Whether it was tree swings or a swing made from rubber tires or maybe it was a fancy bench style seat hanging on your front porch or perhaps it was a plain old rope swing.....none of that matters. All these types of outdoor swings have one thing in common.....they can make you feel young again.

One indication of a well loved outdoor swing is a bare spot in the grass directly underneath the swing and spreading to the surrounding area. It is testament left behind by many pairs of bare feet.

While visiting this page, I hope you enjoy the memories. Perhaps you may decide to make new memories by building one of the diy outdoor swings found on this page. Of course, shoes are optional. (wink) :)

(Photo credit of Modern Bench Swing via Ana White)

Outdoor Daybed Swing

Sleeping Outdoors Never Looked So Inviting!

DIY Day Bed Swing via Ana White
DIY Day Bed Swing via Ana White

If you've spent much time online looking for cool DIY projects, there is no way you could have possibly missed Ana White's woodworking patterns. HGTV features another fabulous Ana White project. The construction of this hanging daybed is simple. It was designed to fit a standard twin size mattress and only basic tools and supplies are needed for this project.

(Be sure to also check out the blue swing in the introductory photo. It's Ana White's modern take on a classic.)

(Photo credit HGTV and Ana White)

DIY Tree Swing

Lowes Classic Tree Swing
Lowes Classic Tree Swing

Budget-Friendly DIY Tree Swing

This tree swing is so much cooler than the one we had at home. Ours was basically just a rope swing that you had to hang onto. It was pretty rough on the hands.

However, the DIY folks at Lowes put together this simple how-to for a tree swing suitable for smaller children. It's a simple project that is also easy on the budget. See the directions and materials list here.

(Photo credit

NOTE: Hanging rope or chain directly around a tree limb can damage tree bark and eventually weaken a tree limb.

Knot Tying for a Rope Tree Swing

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Do It Yourself Porch Swing

Woodworking Projects and Plans

Woodworking Project Paper Plan to Build Porch Swing
Woodworking Project Paper Plan to Build Porch Swing

This is a classic pattern. You can create some wonderful memories with the gift of a porch swing. Everyone needs a chance to swing in one of these at least once in their lives!

Woodworking Project Paper Plan to Build Hanging Chair
Woodworking Project Paper Plan to Build Hanging Chair

In case you don't want to share your swing, this individual hanging chair could be really fun too. I think I would make a couple or three of these and maybe add a DIY hanging table to the mix.


Tried and True Tire Swings

Stephanie Lynn's Horizontal Swing
Stephanie Lynn's Horizontal Swing

Classic With a Twist

Hung Horizontally

Clever gal Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming put together this fantastical version for her kiddo. She upcycled a vehicle recovery strap in the makings of this diy tree swing.

(Photo credit by Stephanie Lynn)

TIP: If you need chain cut for any project, purchase from the spool and ask the hardware store to cut it to the desired lengths BEFORE leaving the store. (I learned this lesson the hard way when I bought a long length of chain and naively took it home to cut it.) haha

More Swinging Ideas......

Do you have special memories of an outdoor swing?

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      I adore the bed swing! I shared this on our Facebook page, come and check it out!

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      We loved tire swings hanging from tree limbs. Such simple fun that brought us hours of entertainment while growing up. I'd love to try that hanging bed. Given the constant wind here, though, I might get seasick! Thanks for all the great ideas and DIY plan links.

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Back again, I needed some ideas for our summer place in New Hampshire.

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      AstroGremlin 5 years ago

      If memory serves, all my experiences with swings have been outdoors. It's the best place for a swing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just a swinging! I sure do have good memories from visiting this lens, thank you. :)

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      CyberTech LM 5 years ago

      Just swing and swing as my mind would wander and thing of nice things. It puts me in to a kind of trance as I swing for a long time.

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      There's nothing as nice as a porch swing, is there? I think the upcycled chair swing is an awesome idea, too!

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I really love outdoor swings - wish there was a way to fit one on my apt. patio! *blessed

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      Only swing around here is Yoshi's :-)

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      vegetablegardenh 5 years ago

      We have a patio swing, really nice for relaxing and looking out into the garden.

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Our plan is to get a swing for two sometime soon. These designs are very inspirational!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Okay, first I've got to get a porch. Next? A swing! Love these, Pam!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      We always had a porch swing. Lovely place to sit in the shade on a hot Kansas day. I like the idea of the bed swing. Great place to read.