Swing Structure

This freestanding swing is a perfect perch for enjoying the garden.
Full View of Swing Relax and enjoy your
garden getaway.

The wooden part of the structure is not difficult to build if you have intermediate woodworking skills and basic tools. A fabric "roof" keeps harsh sun at bay; the swing is made of cotton canvas and plywood that's softened by a cushion. For best results, use waterproof outdoor fabrics, including awning fabric. That way you'll be worry-free when the rain clouds move in.

What You Need:

  • Paintbrush
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Circular saw or table saw
  • Drill
  • Posthole digger
  • Level
  • Scrap 2x4
  • Stakes
  • 1x4s for temporary supports
  • Carpenter's framing square
  • Hammer


Note: The 4x4, 1x4, and 1x2 lumber may be pressure-treated pine, cedar, or redwood as desired.

  • Paint or stain
  • Exterior-grade polyurethane or other varnish
  • Four 4x4s, 8 feet long, for posts (A)
  • Four 4x4s, 36 inches long, for top beams (B) and cross beams (C)
  • 1/4 x 3-inch lag screws with washers
  • Crushed rock (enough for 6 inches in the bottom of each posthole, plus more for leveling posts)
  • Concrete mix for four footings
  • One 4x4, 85 inches long, for swing beam (D)
  • Four 3/8 x 3-1/2-inch carriage bolts with nuts and washers
  • Four 4x4s, 25-1/2 inches long, for roof braces (E)
  • Two 1x4s, 78 inches long, for roof beams (F)
  • Four 1x2s, 56-1/2 inches long, for lattice stringers (G)
  • Twelve 1x2s, 32-1/2 inches long, for lattice slats (H)
  • 1-1/4-inch-long deck screws
  • Exterior-grade wood glue
  • Four 3/8 x 5-inch eyebolts

Continued on page 2:  Structure How-To