Our backyard leaves A LOT to be desired. But I figure, with some elbow grease, all that can change! While we were updating the siding on our house in our backyard, I realized the perfect spot for a swing. For that we needed a frame. Ready to hear how to build a swing frame?!
how to BUILD A sWING FRAME
Let’s start with the video tutorial so you get an overview on what I did. Then, I’ll dive in with more details below:If the video doesn’t work here, you can watch it on YouTube here. P.s. I’m trying to build that page up, so if you’d subscribe, I’d really appreciate that!
- 3 sheets of 4’x8′ white vinyl lattice
- 4 concrete pier blocks
- 10 4″x4″x8′ Douglas fir Lumber
- 1 pack of 5″ screws
- Ultra Pure White Exterior Paint
- 4 corbels
- Decorative Onlay
Start by excavating the area where the swing will go (if needed). This spot was uneven and growing a bunch of weeds. The ground was a combination of dirt and rocks. We separated the rocks from the dirt with a home made frame we covered with a metal grid. That was used over a wheel barrel so the rocks would stay on top and the dirt could be put in our garden.
Once the ground was level, landscaping material was put down and the rocks were laid on top. I’ll be honest, this was the worst part of the project. My fingers are crossed that you don’t need to level the ground because it is a bit of a pain!
Next, it’s time to build the frame! The whole structure is 8′ high by 6′ wide by 4′ deep. Extra support pieces were added to stabilize the frame. This is a two person job, but it goes up pretty quickly!
Use I-bolts (ours came with the swing) to attach the swing to the frame.
And now, finish the wood. I started by lightly sanding the frame. Next, I filled the seams with caulk. Finally, I gave the while frame two coats of exterior paint. It took awhile, but I love how the white looks!
Finally, add on the finishing touches with decorative trim and lattice with screws. The corbels look SO beautiful in person! They’re the same as what I have on the front porch and love them here too.
The lattice goes over the sides and the top. It gives extra privacy and just feels cozy! One day I’m thinking of planing a vine that can grow over the top. What would you plant here?
Ta da! I pulled all of my plants outside- lol! I wanted to show off how pretty this little lady looks now!
This is seriously the coziest place to sit and swing! We all love it! Surprisingly, Lucy (my dog) begs to get up here too!
Here you can see how close it is to the she shed. I love this view!
My husband is so good at paying attention to details. For the support beam on the sides, he placed them the perfect height for placing a drink!
So there you have it! How to build a swing frame. I am so grateful for this pretty little space to relax at the end of the day!
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