In addition to the free plans you find online, some of the plans have comments written by those that have used them. By reading these comments you can get a better insight into how difficult a project it is if you do not have any carpentry experience. There may be comments about some users have modified the plans to suit themselves and this may be something that you want to do. Either way you will be able to use the plans to give you a porch swing that you will use for many years to come.
I can recommend a porch as an addition to your storage shed as it will add function and a sense of style to your building project. You and your family will get many happy hours working in that space, or sitting, relaxing together at the close of the day.
The Weight It Can Take
I have been involved in quite a few building projects in my day. One of the main things I have always tried to do is to make every inch of the building functional.
Always ensure that any patio furniture swing made from timber has joints that are bolted or screwed together rather than nailed. If nailed, the risk of the joints coming apart is very high (remember these are swings and will be subject to more movement than normal furniture).
Interestingly, it Marco Polo who fist mentioned porch swings during his various and diverse peregrinations across the globe. He was fascinated by the concept and the luxuriant feel of seeming weightlessness. Samuel Pepys also annotated the soporific and calming effects of verandah swings in his diaries. Anyway, enough of history; let’s get up to the date of the present day.
You need to figure out before your purchase that how much radius does your swing have? How much it would swing before getting unstable.
A project that is also simple to build and inexpensive is a wood porch swing. They are very expensive to buy already built and I do not know why because they cost so little to build yourself. You will save about seventy five percent on a swing by doing it yourself. The price of buying one is more than I am willing to pay when I can build one and do a better job than the ones already built.
Porch swings can differ in the way their seat depth and backrest is set up. Backrests are normally at a 90 degree angle or can be customized as required by the customers. You can get the swing customized to ensure that it meets your personal preference.
You can easily build a porch swing as a weekend project. There are many different kinds of porch swing plans and many different places where you can find them. When you browse home improvement magazines there are often plans to help you build this kind of swing with the list of materials and detailed instructions. Home improvement retail stores also sell kits that contain everything you need for the project. However, the greatest source for plans for a porch swing can be found on the many online sites and many of these plans are free for you to download and print.