The Perfect Pergola Swing

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We've been working on the pergola and wanted some sturdy swings around the campfire. This one was a free plan for a swing that we really liked!

We're so thrilled with it we posted it at Ryobi with the free plans and would love a thumbs up there--

Here is the wood- cut and laid out
Here is the wood- cut and laid out

I'd say it's a good intermediate project that someone with a little basic tool experience can do. You could actually have the lumber place cut the wood for you.

the perfect pergola swing

It didn't actually take long to complete which was nice. We think it looks great! We will probably be using teak oil on it which will enhance the wood grain and longevity of our new beautiful swing.

This is the seat section
This is the seat section

This part went pretty quick. Soften the front seating edge by giving it a bit of a curve.

This is the back section
This is the back section

The wood spacers made this part a breeze!

the perfect pergola swing

It was amazing how quick it came together. We had the tools needed and I'll list them below but the actual cost is just the wood and screws.

the perfect pergola swing

We used these eyebolts to secure the chains to. You want this solid. Your chain or rope length depends on where you are attaching it. You might also want springs at the top.

the perfect pergola swing

The wood we used is cedar and admittedly a little pricier. The cost shown below is for the wood only as we had the rest. You can use any wood and if you are painting instead of staining or leaving natural the cheapest strong wood will work fine.

This was our first swing- there will be another soon. Plus I'll show our entire renovated pergola!

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  • Lu Odger
    on Aug 2, 2018

    Would it be more comfortable if the back had a bit of a lean on it rather than straight up n down, but love it anyway

    • Kelly-n-Tony
      on Aug 2, 2018

      It's surprisingly comfortable this way. In fact we're going to build another like it!

  • Diane Farmer
    on Aug 18, 2018

    great job... love it

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