Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. This means that we may receive a small commission if you choose to purchase something from a link we post (including links to amazon.com because we are part of the Amazon Services LLC Associates program.) Don’t worry, it won’t happen. It cost you anything. When I imagine the most perfect summer, I see soft clouds twinkling across a blue sky with a slight breeze. I slowly swing in the balcony swing while the kids play in the yard. No matter how many versions of my dream I conjure, there is always a hammock on the balcony. You can make your own porch hammock fairly easy, and this DIY farmhouse-inspired porch swing is great and practical. It’s sturdy and deep, and the secret is that it uses a seat bed mattress. How cool is that? My father-in-law has been making lovely porch hammocks that he sells to locals for quite some time now. We live in Idaho, where farmland spans the landscape and lavish red barns dot country roads. If you like modern farmhouse style, you will love this project! * Warning: This is a custom design that my father-in-law perfected while never jotting down directions. Use the pattern diagram and directions below as a general guideline, although you may need to adjust construction as you go. It’s like your grandmother’s famous meatloaf recipe that she never wrote … she just knows how to make it! First off, a big shout out to Arrow Fastener’s tools that help us complete all of our DIY projects, big and small. From their base T50 pistols (which I’m sure you’ve seen everywhere), to the electric pins and the basic Arrow T50AC pistol featured on this project, Arrow Fastener has been helping us “put things together” since 1929 – that’s 90 years! Check out the video tutorial! Required supplies: (See chart below for all required boards and sizes.) Skill saw or saw cutting drill bit sanding (7) 2 x 4 x 8 pieces of wood (1) box of 2.5 inch wood screws (1) half inch 4 x 8 piece plywood (4) 2x2x22.5 planks (2) 2x2x24 boards (8) 4-inch half-inch eyelet screws (with washers and nails) Half a liter of wood paint Half a liter of polyurethane sealant (1) a 1-inch thick rope length 25-30 feet; Mattress Bed Dimensions 5.5 ” (H) x 27.25 ” (W) x 51.63 ” (D) (4) Durable Screws Step 1: Cutting Boards Since this porch swing seat is a mattress crib, this tutorial and the dimensions of the wood fit With a standard crib mattress approximately 5.5 ” (H) x 27.25 ‘(W) x 51.63’ (D). Cut wood to the following dimensions. (Printable drawing) Step 2: Prepare it in the form. Before you start holding the pieces together, first prepare them in the shape. 2 side pieces, 1 back piece, 1 bottom piece. Helps classify all cut pieces as “A”, “B” etc. in order to keep everything straight. Step 3: Thread all the wood pieces together, starting with the cross sections. If you’d rather not see visible nails on your porch swing, use the pocket hole to poke deeper, angled holes for the screws into. This is a simple step that makes a huge difference in stylistic terms. It just creates an elegant and elegant look. (Below: The corner holes your pocket hole jig will make so the screws do not come off.) Thread all the wood pieces together according to this pattern (shown above), starting with the cross pieces first. Step 4: Use a 1-inch drill to make holes for the rope. Since the look of a country farmhouse was what we were looking for, we used a 1-inch drill to drill eight holes in the 2x4s where the rope would go to hang the hammock. Step 5: Use the electric arrow gun to attach to the bottom of the hammock. The bottom and last piece consist of four pieces 2 x 2 and one piece 2 x 4 in the center for support. Hold both the 2 × 2 and 2 × 4 in place. Next, take a half-inch piece of plywood that has been measured to fit and use a nail gun like the Arrow T50 Professional Electric Nail Gun to attach the plywood to the swing frame. This will be the bottom of the hammock and serve as a support for the mattress seat. Step 6: stain and finish with a polyurethane finish. Finally, color your farmhouse porch swing and finish it with a coat or two of a polyurethane finish to help protect it from the elements. Step 7: Use a mattress to seat. The genius behind this porch swing is that it uses a bed mattress to seat. It creates a deep swing that everyone can put in the comfort of fully comfortable seats. I bought this new crib mattress for $ 50, which brought the total for the entire balcony swing project just under $ 200! If you have some of these supplies on hand and unused bedding, then building this porch hammock can be very inexpensive. Cover the crib mattress with a sturdy bed sheet, add some pillows, and it’s ready to hang! Step 8: Some Tips for Hanging Make sure you have heavy duty screws for hanging porch hammock. We also recommend attaching it to a beam if available, which is a sturdy thing. Step 9: enjoy! After verifying that your new porch hammock is tight, grab some lemonade, find the breeze, and have fun. * Thanks Arrow Fastener very much for sponsoring this post. . All opinions are mine! Thanks for stopping by!