This step by step woodworking project is about swing bed plans free. Today I share these simple plans for you to build a swing bed, using common tools and materials. This swing bed can be built in one weekend using just a saw, a drill and a sander. Using a pocket hole jig would help, as well. You can build this picnic table in one weekend. See my other DIY projects HERE.
We recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. Therefore, you should buy weather-resistant lumber, such as pine or cedar. Always take accurate measurements before adjusting the size of the components at the proper size. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the wood screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.
Made from this plan
DIY Bed Swing Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 77 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 46 1/4″ long FRAME
- B – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 74 3/4″ long CLEATS
- C – 11 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 39 3/4″ long SLATS
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long SUPPORTS
- E – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 52″ long ARMRESTS
- F – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 32″ long BACKREST SUPPORTS
- G – 6 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 74 3/4″ long BACKREST SLATS
- 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 6′
- 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8′
- 16 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 8′
- 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 1×1 lumber – 6′
- 2 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
- hanging kit
- porch swing chain
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- One Weekend
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First of all, you need to build the frame of the swing bed from 2×6 lumber, Cut the components at the right dimensions and then assemble them with 2 1/2″ screws. Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Add glue to the joints for a professional result.
Fit 2×2 cleats to the interior of the bed frame. Cut the cleats at the right dimensions and then secure them into place with 2 1/2″ screws. Add glue to the joints for a professional result.
Fit 1×4 slats to the cleats, equally spaced. In order to create even gaps, I recommend you to fit a piece of wood cut at 3 3/4″. Use screws to lock the slats into place tightly.
Use 2×4 lumber for the backrest supports. Make the angle cuts to the slats, as shown in the diagram.
Fit the supports to the back of the bed frame. Place the supports equally spaced and secure them into place with screws. Use pocket screws for the middle supports.
Fit 1×4 slats to the backrest. Place a 1″ wood block between the slats, to create even gaps. Use 1 5/8″ screws to secure the slats into place tightly.
Fit the 1×4 slats to the sides of the swing bed. Use 1 5/8″ screws to lock the slats into place tightly. Plumb the slats with a spirit level and place them equally spaced.
Fit the 1×4 armrests to the top of the supports. Use a jigsaw to round the front of the armrests.
Fit 1×1 cleats to the armrests, as shown in the diagram. Use 1 1/2″ nails and glue to secure the cleats into place tightly.
Fit 2×4 supports under the swing bed, so you can hang it. Center the supports with attention and then insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.
I have designed this bed frame for a twin size mattress. Make adjustments if you want to fit other type of mattresses.
Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of paint or stain to enhance the look of the swing bed and to protect it from decay. If you like my project, don’t forget to SHARE it on Facebook and Pinterest.
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