Summer is a great time for relaxing outside so build swings around a campfire. How about if you had several porch swings all surrounding a campfire – then you could do the relaxing outside thing all through the year. There is a great DIY campfire idea that has porch swings all around it. Not only could you relax but you could invite all of your friends or family to come join you in your own little paradise.
It’s a relatively easy project. You start by building a hexagonal shape to hang the swings from. If you want 5 foot swings then you need your braces about 7 feet apart each. You may want to leave one of the bays open so that people can go in and out but oh my goodness, what a great project.
I layed out the hexagon in the yard so that center for the uprights for each bay was 7′ apart because I knew I wanted to get 5′ swings. I had 14′ from each upright to the upright opposite of it. I’m not sure what the angles were, I just took two pieces of scrap and layed them up there and messed around cutting a few until I got the angle right. We got all the top pieces set up there before lagging them all in. Left one bay swingless so that I could carry firewood in.
I got 6x6x10’s for the uprights and they are sacreeted almost 3 feet in the ground. I guess its a little over 7 feet to the bottom of the 6x6x8’s on top.