This step by step diy project is about swing bed plans. I have designed this super simple swing bed, so you can spend amazing relaxation moments in your garden. The bed frame is designed for a twin size mattress (39″x74″), but you can make modifications to suit your needs. Take a look over the rest of our woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.
Projects made from these plans
Swing Bed Plan
- A – 1 piece of 2×6 lumber – 77 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 46 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 74 3/4″ long FRAME
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long SUPPORTS
- C – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 74 3/4″ long, 11 pieces – 39 3/4″ long BASE
- D – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 32″ long, 4 pieces – 5″ long BACKREST SUPPORTS
- E – 6 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 74 3/4″ long BACKREST
- F – 10 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 16″ long, 2 pieces – 51 3/4″ long ARMRESTS
Build a Swing Bed
The first step of the project is to build the frame of the swing bed. Cut the frame components from 2×6 lumber, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the front beams and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the side beams. Drill pilot holes through the side components and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the back component.
Fit 2×2 cleats to the interior of the frame. Align the edges, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure them into place tightly.
Fit the 1×4 slats to the bottom of the bed frame. Align the edges and place a piece of 3 3/4″ lumber between the slats, so you create even gaps. Use 1 5/8″ screws to lock the slats into place tightly.
Build the backrest supports from 2×4 lumber. Use a miter saw to make the 15 degree cut to the backrest supports. Use a jigsaw to round the exposed corner and smooth it with sandpaper.
Fit the supports to the back of the swing bed. Align the edges, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.
For the middle backrest supports you need to make a few things. Use 2×6 lumber to make the supports that will go on both sides of the supports. Drill pocket holes along the straight end. Use 2 1/2″ screws to secure these small braces to the vertical support.
Fit the backrest supports to the back of the bed swing and use 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.
Fit 1×4 slats to the back of the bed swing. Place a 1″ spacer between the slats to create even gaps. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock the slats to the supports.
Fit 1×4 supports to the sides of the bed swing. Plumb the supports with a spirit level and place them equally spaced. Use 1 5/8″ screws to lock the supports into place tightly.
Use 1×4 lumber for the armrests. Use a jigsaw to round the exposed end of the armrests. Smooth the edges with sandpaper and round over the edges with a router.
Fit the armrests to the top of the supports. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock them into place tightly. Fill the holes with wood putty and then smooth the surface with sandpaper. Apply a few coats of paint or stain to enhance the look of the swing and to protect them from the elements.
Fit the support beams to the swing bed, as shown in the free plans. Center the 2x4s and then use 2 1/2″ screws to lock them to the frame of the bed.
Fit the twin bed mattress (39″x74″) to the bed frame and then the pillows to the backrest.
This is a simple project anyone should be able to build in a few hours without much effort. Remember that you need to adjust the size of the components so they suit your particular own needs. See a lot more swing projects HERE.
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