I love swings. When I was a kid, they were my favorite thing on the playground. And now I am the mother of 3 children, hence, I put great effort on carefully selecting outdoor swings to bring back the magic for my children to enjoy a lot of summer fun.
In fact, when you see kids on the playground today, you see that flock to the swings. Swings give them the feeling of speed, the wind in their face and hair, and yet they are perfectly safe.
A good swing set is an investment that your children will enjoy for years. One of the main benefits of a swing is attracting many age groups. This is a toy that all siblings can enjoy equally. Before choosing a swing for the playground in the backyard, you’ll have to think about all of your options, including whether to buy a ready-made one or build one yourself.
So you’ve decided to get a swing for children. But which is best baby swing? Where to start?
There are different games available depending on the age of the children. If they are babies or toddlers, you obviously need seats that keep them securely. If they are a little older, you can hang in swinging themselves. They also want a higher set so that they can enjoy that feeling “fly”.
The safety of your child
Nothing is more important than the safety of your child, you need to make sure you select a set with high quality standards. It has to be robust, free of the Wobblies, and has capacity for repeated or even constant use. As I said earlier, toddlers and babies need to be held securely also formed.
To select your new set, do not skimp on quality. Sure, it may cost a little more, or, in some options, much more, but think about the cost and trouble if your children are injured. You just do not want to risk. So unless you’re handy, please, stay away from it-yourself kits. Not worth the few dollars could save.
Do you want only the swings or a complete set?
Obviously I do, the more you pay the more. Moreover, if you think about upgrading to more options then you can also get everything right away and benefit from having for years.
Think about which materials best suited to your needs. Some swings have wooden seats, while others are made of some type of metal, such as aluminum. Wooden swings require more care to avoid problems such as wood rot. These types of swings can also cause chips, which is an unwise choice for young children. However, wooden sets are generally more attractive, and a set designed to blend in with your garden, you can even add beauty to your yard. Aluminum sets can rust or become creaky over time and require a significant amount of maintenance. However, they usually last longer than wooden sets, so if you need to survive childhood swing of more than one child, the aluminum may be the best option.
Buying a swing set
Walmart, Target and other large stores usually start selling the swings in early spring to early summer. You can also buy a swing online. Sites like creations of the child (see Resources) prepackaged sell and ship swings require minimal configuration. Some also allow you to design your own swing or club house.
Building a swing
If you’re looking to save money and give your children a truly unique gift, you can always build your own swing set. Sets can be simple A-frame designs may have more components or as a slide or jungle gym attached. Building a swing set is much longer and difficult than just buying a game and you have to have some carpentry skills. A homemade swing would be a precious relic in the coming years, but you will have to consider the time and energy required. In the last of this article, we will show you how to wooden baby swings for your child.
Once you have installed the swing set, it will require a little maintenance. Games can be dyed wood once a year to seal the wood and protect it from rot and the elements. For aluminum sets, car wax, baby oil or mineral oil work as sealants against the cold wave. Scuffs can be removed with sandpaper or other abrasives, and you can use warm water and soap to make a simple cleaning of aluminum parts.
Some of these models are quite an investment and require assembly also, so I do not want to have to take everything back to return it for a smaller model. You better do it right the first time!
How is your backyard?
As you take the above decision, also you need to consider the space you have. With all the choices, you will find the dimensions too. Do not go out and consider where you will place the new toy for their children. Will it fit comfortably, or will it make your backyard look crowded?
Making a wooden swing outdoors
Cut a notch in the top of the two tables height large enough to hold comfortably smaller board. The tablet is the cross beam and the two longer boards are the posts. Place the crossbar in the notches in the posts, and training lay flat. All line so that the side posts are mutually parallel, and 22 inches apart.
Drill two holes through one of the goalposts and the crossbar. Repeat for the other side.
Place the crossbar inside the two notches and secure with glue. Use wood screws to screw into the drilled holes. The cross now must be securely attached to the posts. This completes the frame for wooden swing.
Choose a level area to build the swing. Dig two holes 3 1/2 feet and 2 meters deep. Place a thin layer of gravel in the bottom of the hole for drainage.
Have an assistant help you lift the two poles of the structure and slip into the holes. Make sure the bar is level, and then pour fast drying concrete around the posts. Add water according to the manufacturer’s instructions for concrete. Allow the concrete to dry before installing the swing.
Installing the swing
Sand all rough edges of the board of 2 meters long. Pay particular attention to corners, as this will be the swing.
Thread a screw shackle at each end of the oscillating table. Screw the remaining two strings in the crossbar of the frame, 2 feet away from each other.
Place a hook “S” through each of the shackles off the crossbar. Hook a chain length on each hook “S”.
A wooden swing outdoors keeps the kids busy for hours. Nothing captivates a young child’s swinging on a swing on a sunny afternoon. Swings need not be prepared to engage the creative imagination of children. A single stroke of wood is a safe and attractive option for homeowners with young children, space and limited funds. Building this oscillation in one afternoon and their children will be flying high in no time.