Recycle Old Patio Swing Chair Into New Wooden One

Does this look familiar?

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Cost of Supplies: $45-$50 (worth it because wood lasts a lot longer than fabric!)

Build Time: 2-3 hours

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I see them everywhere…old ripped-up patio swing chairs sitting in people’s yards.  These swings still have a good frame, but the fabric is all rotted away and the swing can’t be used anymore.  Most people keep them around for a while with the assumption that SOMEDAY they will order a new fabric cover for the swing…but then it’s forgotten and eventually the whole frame is thrown away.

I had two of my own rotted-out swing chairs just laying around waiting to be disposed of until one day I decided to fix em up myself!  A wooden swing looks just as good (if not better) and lasts a lot longer than a fabric one does!

(By the way, I ended up selling the swing in the above pic for $120 on craigslist.  That’s a $70 profit for just a couple hours work!)  Think of all the extra money you could make by doing people favors by taking their ‘junk’ swings off of their hands for free, fixing them up, and selling them for a profit!  Cha Ching! 😉

Supplies

  • Self tapping screws (I used 1 1/2 in long screws but since the metal piping on these frames vary in size, you may want to measure what length you’ll need to screw through wood into frame)
  • 2x4s (I used ten 5ft 3in 2x4s but each swing chair will vary)
  • High quality outdoor spray paint
  • Stain or paint for wood

Tools

  • Chop Saw
  • Hand Drill w/drill bits
  • Sander

Remove any old fabric

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Spray paint the frame

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Measure and cut 2x4s

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Sand edges of 2x4s and then paint or stain

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Space 2x4s out on bench

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Drill tiny pilot holes where your screws will be, making sure to drill through the wood and into the metal tubing.

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Pilot hole: a small hole drilled as a guide for the insertion of a nail or screw, or for the drilling of a larger hole.

When drilling the pilot hole, make sure the drill bit is slightly SMALLER around than the screws you will be using

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Now it’s time to drill countersink holes about halfway into the wood, so that when the self tapping screws are drilled in, the top of the screw will sit below the surface of the wood and penetrate the metal tubing.

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When countersinking, make sure the drill bit you use is at least the same size around or larger as the head of the screw that you are using

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These are self tapping screws

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Drill your self tapping screws into the wood where you drilled the pilot and countersink holes.

As you can see, the screws are all countersunk into the wood and penetrating into the metal tubing.

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DONE!

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27 Responses to Recycle Old Patio Swing Chair Into New Wooden One

  1. kirk says:

    Thanks for the swing rebuild

  2. Stuart says:

    What do you use for the middle of the swing for the seat to support the weight of people? A Metal brace? I don’t see any mention of it.

    • Tee says:

      If you use 2x3s or 2x4s the wood is thick enough to support the weight without a brace…if you use anything thinner like a 1×4, the wood will bend and won’t support the weight very well.

  3. Julia says:

    Love your idea and have a “patient” waiting for this treatment outside.
    Slightly confused though: You used 2x4s and 1 1/2 in long screws . And these screws were long enough to go through the wood and into the metal pipe? How deep are the countersink holes?

  4. Stephen Bliley says:

    I thought to do this yesterday. Would there be more support of I laid the 2×4’s front to back instead of left to right? Would it weaken the metal frame?

    • Tee says:

      Hi Stephen! Unless you use anything thinner, I have found that the 2x4s are really sturdy and don’t really need any bracing. If you are still concerned, I don’t see why it would be a problem to lay the 2x4s front to back. You would have to do a lot more cutting and screwing, but it would give it a different look and be just as cute! If you decide to do this I’d love to see a pic 😉

      • Stephen Bliley says:

        I decided to use steel angle iron to cross brace front to back. I’m using four of those and then going to lay premium deck boards down. The boards are thinner and already rounded at the edge. I’ll post a picture when I’m done. It was good too see that someone had also thought of this, since I was looking for a picture of a completed one.

  5. Stephen Bliley says:

    I want to share my pictures with you. I finished mine. Just waiting for the boards to dry and then stain it.

  6. Rhonda says:

    I have a swing that lays down flat that the cushions rotted away . I always wanted to fix it with would . I just never knew how to and your instructions are going to help me so much . Thank you.

  7. kevin says:

    Can we use 2* 6 instead of 2*4 , Or that 2*4 are better ?

  8. Aimee says:

    Finished ours! It looks awesome! Thanks for the idea!

  9. Xiomara says:

    What you used in your wood to color it

  10. Roger says:

    Thanks. I was hoping to find someone who tried this. I thought this would work was wasn’t sure how to make it happen. Any ideas for the sun shade?

    • Tee says:

      You know I’ve thought about adding a sun shade but just never did it…as long as there is a shade structure above the swing chair (some don’t have this), I’m sure it would be just as easy to lay and screw in some 1x4s onto the top…

  11. Kim says:

    I have an old swing frame that I just couldn’t throw out in hopes I would figure out some way of making a new seat for it. Saw your post a while back and “WOW!”
    Perfect!! I dug out my swing frame, cut off the ripped canvas, gathered my boards and I’m ready to go!!!! Thank you so much for posting this!!!! Can’t wait to get men finished!!!

    Kim

  12. Cindy says:

    Your swing looks great and we are going to try out your method. I was wondering if your screws go all the way through the metal pipe or just the top layer. I have seen some that use a bolt that goes through with a nut on the back. I would like to avoid this if it will work without going all the way through.

    • Tee says:

      Hi Cindy!
      I wanted a clean without having to worry about nuts and bolts, so I purchased self tapping screws that only went through the top layer. Hope that helps!

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