How to Build a Backyard Arbor Swing

This backyard garden arbor swing makes a great DIY project for your yard. It’s made from pressure treated lumber and fastened with galvanized nails. Watch this video to find out how.  ...More

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How to Build a Backyard Arbor Swing


Arbor swing

This garden arbor with swing is made from pressure treated lumber and fastened with galvanized nails. Here’s how to build an arbor in your backyard:

  1. Dig the holes and set the 4”x 4” posts in the ground.
  2. Level the structure and secure it in place.
  3. Fill the holes with concrete and allow it to set.
  4. Attach 2”x 12” boards to the front and back with an inverted bevel cut at each end.
  5. Make matching cuts in the 2”x 6” rafters and toenail them in place.
  6. Add a trellis, made from 1” treated stock, to each end of the arbor. Treated lattice can be used as well.
  7. Hang a swing from the rafters for a perfect backyard retreat.

Watch this video to find out more.

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  1. Bruce Kimball Says:
    April 8th, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Can you provide a picture of the finished product?

  2. Sam Baker Says:
    May 22nd, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Do you have the plans available for the garden arbor with swing?

  3. Michelle Says:
    May 27th, 2010 at 9:44 am

    I would love to buy plans with a picture in downloadable format.

  4. Joe Says:
    October 27th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Where can I get the plans of your Backyard Arbor Swing project?


  5. Official Comment:

    Ben Erickson Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Hi Joe,
    At present we do not have plans available for the backyard arbor swing, but we will post them with this post should we add them in the future. Thank you for your interest!

  6. Sara Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I’m also curious about plans for the swing project.

  7. Gloria Says:
    September 8th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Can you give us a list of materials?

  8. jim Wolf Says:
    April 11th, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    How deep did you dig the holes for the posts

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