How to Make a Garden Swing

Updated February 21, 2017

Garden swings are whimsical additions to your outdoor space. Hang a wooden garden swing from a sturdy tree branch and enjoy the beauty and aroma of fresh flowers and herbs as you sway back and forth. You don’t have to be a master craftsman to make a swing for your backyard or garden; have the wood pre-cut at your local lumber store and you only need to drill a few holes. Make sure to use wood that will withstand the elements, such as cedar, redwood, teak or treated planks.

Cut a 10-inch wide and 2-inch think treated wood plank to the desired length of your garden swing seat. Make sure that you brace the wood board before cutting with a handsaw.

Measure and mark points on the cut board near each corner that are 2-inches from the longest edge and 1 inch from the shortest edge.

Drill one 1/2-inch diameter hole straight through each of the four marks.

Thread one end of an 8-foot length of galvanised chain through one hole on one side of the plank, from front to back. Feed the chain back up through the second hole on the same side. Pull the chain through the holes until you have 1 foot of chain exiting the second hole.

Hook the last link in the chain exiting the second hole in the board through a carabiner hook. Hook the open carabiner through a link in the chain that feeds down into the swing seat. The chain exiting the top of the swing seat is now shaped like an upside down Y. Close the carabiner hook.

Repeat Steps 4 and 5 to attach the remaining length of chain to the opposite side of the swing.

Wrap the top ends of the chain lengths over a sturdy tree branch in your garden. Hook each chain end to a link in the same chain with carabiner hooks.


Plant aromatic herbs near the garden swing to enhance your experience. Cover the swing seat in padding and fabric to make it more comfortable.

Things You'll Need

  • 10-inch wide by 2-inch thick treated wood plank
  • Saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Marker
  • Drill
  • 1/2-inch diameter hole bit
  • 2 8-foot lengths of galvanised chain
  • 4 carabiner hooks
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Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.