I see them everywhere. Old ripped-up patio swing chairs sitting in front 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’ll order a new fabric cover for the swing, but then the swing is forgotten about and eventually the whole frame is thrown away.
I had one of my own rotted-out swing chairs just laying around, waiting to be disposed of until one day I decided to fix it up myself.
A wooden swing looks just as good (if not better) and lasts a lot longer than a fabric one does!
Recycle old Patio Swing Tutorial:
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
Hand Drill w/drill bits
First, remove all the old fabric from the frame.
Next, sand any rusty areas with sandpaper, then wipe down the frame with a wet rag and make sure it is clean. Cover any areas with tape or foil that you don’t want painted. Last, spray paint the frame until it is covered well. I gave mine 2 coats.
Preparing bench for wood:
Measure and cut 2x4s to fit length of bench. Make sure they overlap each edge.
Sand the ends and the long edges of 2x4s to slightly round them, then paint or stain them the color you desire. You can paint them with a polyurethane sealant to further protect them from the elements, if you desire.
Space 2x4s out on bench.
Drill tiny pilot holes where your screws will be, making sure to drill through the wood and into the metal tubing.
Now, 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.