Anyone can buy! Make your children happy and build a swing yourself. With our instructions it will work for sure.
© Klaus Eppele - Fotolia.com Off to the garden - children and cones feel comfortable and safe there. Children love to play and swing in nature. The advantage of this play equipment - a swing can also be accommodated in smaller gardens and is also often used by older children. It is not uncommon for mom or dad to sit on it because they suddenly feel like they are back in their childhood.
- 1 Where should the swing be?
- 2 Safety comes first!
- 3 Build a swing yourself - what is needed?
- 3.1 List of materials
- 3.2 The tool
- 4 Build a swing - step by step instructions
- 5 care tips and handling the swing
Where should the swing be?
First, choose a suitable location for the swing. It is important to ensure that the children are not hindered when swinging because branches, fences, walls, clotheslines or the like are in the way.
" Tip: If a swing is set up, there should be no obstacles within a radius of three to four meters.
The base for the swing should not be too hard, lawns or a loamy soil are best suited. A playground feeling is created when you fill the area around the swing with sand. In any case, it should be a safe and easily accessible location.
Knot a board, two ropes and the whole thing on the apple tree - it's not that easy. Safety has top priority when setting up play equipment. Anyone who attaches a swing to the branches of trees should bear in mind that using the swing creates thrust and centrifugal forces that far exceed the weight of the child. The supposedly stable branch is quickly broken and injuries are inevitable.
The swing must never fall over or collapse under the weight of the rocker. So you have to use stable materials and build particularly solid ones. Wood is still the most recommended for this, because it feels good and also looks good. You also do something for the environment by building a wooden swing, because wood is a sustainable, i.e. renewable, raw material with excellent ecological balance values (see fingerhaus.de).
Once the question of materials has been resolved, remove all obstacles and create a soft surface from floor mats or sand fillings. This is especially important for smaller children. The frame should be solid and should also be able to carry an adult. Then it is ensured that the swing really holds and the parents can be children again for a moment.
Build a swing yourself - what is needed?
- four round beams, 3 meters long, 12 centimeters in diameter
- two round beams, 1.5 meters long, 12 centimeters in diameter
- a round beam, 2.5 meters long, 15 centimeters in diameter
- swing suspension
- finished swing seat or corresponding wooden board
- swinging ropes
- ten threaded bolts, 30 centimeters long, 12 millimeters in diameter
- 20 washers and nuts M12
" Tip: The material is available in every hardware store. When buying wood, you can also contact a carpenter or a wood dealer.
- drilling machine
- spirit level
- tape measure
Build a swing - step by step instructions
Step 1 - preparatory work
In order to ensure a safe and stable position of the later swing and at the same time to protect the wood from wear, first dig out four holes at a depth of about half a meter. The holes should be excavated at a distance of two meters so that a square is created. Now fill about half of the chippings into the holes. You can see the material price for this on baustoffe- Liefern.de.
The chain height should not be less than two meters. In order for the little ones to be able to climb on and off the swing independently, the seat height should be around 50 centimeters.
Step 2 - build the frame
Now you start to erect the frame. For this purpose, the two three-meter-long round beams are first laid on the floor and crossed at a height of 2.5 meters. There you attach a continuous threaded bolt as a connector. To secure the bolt, a washer and a nut are provided on both sides. To give the resulting V-shape additional stability, attach the 1.5-meter-long round beam to the vertical wood and anchor it with the help of threaded bolts, nuts and washers. Now you have already completed the first side of the later swing and continue to assemble the second side part, which runs identically.
The suspension for the later swing seat is now attached to the 15-centimeter-thick wooden beam, which serves as a crossbar. How wide you attach the suspensions depends on the dimensions of the seat.
" Tip: Add ten percent to the width of the seat.
For example, if you use a seat that is 30 centimeters wide and hung two meters deep, the distance between the two points for the suspension is half a meter.
The suspension should be attached particularly stably. The threaded bolts must run through the entire beam and are fastened on the opposite side with nuts and washers. Now place the round beam in the cross of the two side parts and carry out the fastening with the vertical beams.
Step 3 - position the frame
The frame for the swing is now fully assembled. Now you can turn to the previously excavated holes. There concrete is poured in almost to the top. Ask another person to help you and align the frame of the swing in the holes together. Now a little patience is required so that the concrete can harden well.
" Attention: Do not load the swing under any circumstances until the concrete has hardened completely.
If the concrete is hard, fill the holes with chippings up to the top edge.
Step 4 - attach the swing seat
Once you have chosen a swing seat that is commercially available, all you have to do is attach it to the appropriate suspensions. If you also want to build the seat yourself, first cut a board. This should be 30 centimeters long and 25 centimeters wide. A thickness of five centimeters is sufficient. The board is drilled at all four corners. The holes are for the key screws with steel rings at the ends. Attach the ropes to the seat with hooks and connect them to the suspension in the crossbar.
Now you have done it, the swing can be put into operation - but not before you have carried out a test yourself!
Care tips and handling of the swing
The wood must be checked regularly so that the garden swing accompanies your child safely through childhood. Always apply weather protection and provide the swing frame with appropriate wood protection once a year. This prevents moisture from penetrating the wood. If wood rots, it can easily break. Unfortunately, this is not always visually visible. Therefore, check the swing before each gardening season and test it for stability.