A couple of years ago, I bought this “not too exciting” garden swing. I really wanted to have a place to sit and read and visit when the temperatures were nice.
It lasted about 8 months. The high winds in our area quickly tore off the canopy so we moved the swing under a large mulberry tree. Within another year, the sling was faded and by the end of 3 years, the sling had rotted and all that was left was the metal frame which was loose and useless. I still really wanted a swing, especially for my daughter who loves to read outside.
BUT, I didn’t want to go buy another swing that really didn’t appeal to me aesthetically and would certainly suffer the same fate in our harsh weather. I didn’t want to make do. Also, any fabric I used on the swing would have to be removable so that the elements didn’t destroy it as quickly as they had the original.
Some friends of ours had recently purchased a wooden swing and while I liked the look, it wasn’t the most comfortable place to sit. I had really liked the sling back style of my own swing.
Then it hit me, why didn’t I combine the two styles. I already had a sling back frame. How hard could it be to make a wooden swing from that?
I purchased 12 1x4x10s and some metal brackets and went to work. It was quite the experience to drill into metal and fit slats across a curved frame. I reenforced every two slats with a metal bracket through the bottom of the frame and into the wood.
Next, I cut slats and angled the back of the swing in an Adirondack style so that the swing reclined at the angle I wished.
While the wooden swing now had the right angle and height and slant, it was not going to be comfortable to sit on long term, especially for my garden reader.
A quick trip to Hobby Lobby and I had bright cushions that make for a wonderful haven out in the garden. My daughter has claimed the space as her own.
Now…to finish up the landscaping in the backyard. Looks like I already have a new project in mind for this spring.