My new favorite project!!!! Our friend contacted us about making her a wooden porch bed swing. She had seen them all over Facebook Marketplace but wanted us to do it. Stephen actually bought plans online to show him how to make a really sturdy frame from plankandpillow.com.
He used a variety of 2x4s, 2x3s, 1x3s, 1x4s and 1x8s to build the frame. To hold it together really well, he always used wood glue and then 16-guage nails to hold the wood together securely. (16-guage nails are thicker nails, so this required him getting a larger nail gun from what he had).
Once the frame was built, Stephen filled in the nail holes with wood filler and let it dry overnight. He sanded the entire bed three times, going from a lower grit to a higher grit each time.
Next- staining time! For this project, our friend wanted a more natural wood look. We went with Minwax Ipswich Pine 221. It took 3 coats to get a very light tan color. Once the stain dried, I did a coat of Minwax Polyurethane in matte.
Stephen installed four black eye-screws (diameter was big enough to hold 3/4 inch rope), This is where the rope would attach to the bed swing. He purchased the 3/4 inch jute rope, which ran less than 50 cents a foot. He purchased 54 feet for this one bed swing.
That was it on our end!! Our friend purchased the twin mattress, an outdoor mattress cover, pillows, and hung the swing using eye-screws in the ceiling. She sent us this picture of the completed project, and I am in love. Reeeeeaaaallllyyy wishing our front porch was that big! 😉
Update: Here is another customer’s swing!