How to Build a Glider Swing

Glider swings are excellent seating areas in your porch or garden.
Glider swings are excellent seating areas in your porch or garden.

There’s no better time to get ready for summer living. You can maximize your outdoor lounge time by transforming your backyard space into a relaxing retreat. And the best place to start is to find the right seating to fit both your space and your lifestyle.

There’s nothing like being able to inhale the crisp, fresh air of the outdoors. It’s relaxing and rejuvenating, really. For me, lazy days mean time spent on the porch with a good book in hand. Other times, it’s where we entertain family and friends.

This DIY glider swing project is easy to make and inexpensive.
This DIY glider swing project is easy to make and inexpensive.

One of the most common seating options nowadays is a glider. Unlike a rocking chair that moves up and down, a glider moves you back and front. Its base is fixed on the ground and not suspended or hung like those in swings.

If you have decent woodworking skills, you can build this DIY glider swing by yourself. It won’t take you long to finish, probably a day or two. Additionally, it’s not that expensive, too. Just make sure you choose high quality materials to ensure longevity.

Materials:

  • 4 pc – 2×4 lumber – 32 1/4″ long (legs)
  • 2 pcs – 2×4 lumber – 22 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 30 1/4″ long (frame)
  • 4 pcs – 2×4 – 14 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 5 3/4″ long (braces)
  • 2 pcs – 2×4 lumber – 70″ long (supports)
  • 6 pcs – 2×4 lumber – 8′
  • 100 pcs – 2 ½” screws

Tools:

  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Framing square
  • Level
  • Miter saw
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Sander
  • Post hole digger
  • Concrete mixer
  • Safety gloves
  • Safety glasses

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Thanks to My Outdoor Plans for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here

Here’s a quick video…

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