How to build a child's swing set

Children do not require large and complicated outdoor play structures to enjoy fresh air. A simple, inexpensive outdoor children's swing is the perfect tool to conduct youthful energy. Construct a wooden swing set to complement your existing landscape plan. Swing sets tucked close to gardens or trees enhance the landscape while adding an element of playful adornment. Kids will love swinging amongst the garden flowers on this sturdy and safe swing set.

Dig two holes 3.6 m (11 feet 8 inches) apart from each other. The holes need to be about 20 cm (8 inches) wide and 60 cm (2 feet) deep.

Place an 2.4 m x 10 cm x 10 cm (8 foot x 4 inch x 4 inch) post in each of the holes. Use a level to ensure the posts are vertical. Ensure they are 60 cm (2 feet) in the ground. Pour quick-drying concrete around them.

Cut two 2.4 m x 5 cm x 10 cm (8 foot x 2 inch x 4 inch) boards in half. You should now have four 1.2 m (4 foot) long boards. Screw two of these boards to each of the vertical posts. Bury one end of each board in the ground. These boards will be the support boards for the entire swing set.

Set the 3.6 m x 10 cm x 10 cm (12 foot x 4 inch by 4 inch) post on top of the two vertical posts, with the help of an assistant. Check that the post is level. Attach the 3.6 m (12 foot) post to the two vertical posts using wood screws and bracing brackets. Keep the post level and in line with the vertical posts. This is the frame for the swing set.

Cut the third 2.4 m x 5 cm x 10 cm (8 foot x 2 inch x 4 inch) inch board in half. You will now have two 1.2 m (4 foot) long boards. Cut a 30-degree angle in the same direction on both ends of each board.

Place a board in each top corner of the swing set frame. The angles should push up against the posts perfectly, with one end boarding the horizontal post and the other end against one of the vertical posts. Screw the support boards in place with the help of an assistant.

Sand the entire swing set frame. Pay close attention to the areas of the frame where children can reach.

Paint or stain the entire frame with a high-quality outdoor paint or stain. Allow the finish to dry throughly before using.

Place one of the child's swings on the ground under the swing set in the location you would like to put it. Carefully wrap both ends of the chains on the swing around the horizontal post. Wrap the chain back down over itself and attach it to itself using an "S" hook. The swing should be hanging one foot from the ground. Repeat this process on the other swing.


Use pressure-treated wood. Paint the swing set in your child's favourite colour to make it more appealing. Add other playground elements such as a tire swing or monkey bars to the swing set. Do not build the swing set in an area that will collect a lot of water and become muddy. Put a large rubber mat under the swing set to make safer for young children.


Wear safety protection when operating a power saw. Pick a level area to build the swing set. Have a professional check the swing set's stability before allowing children to use it.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Auger or posthole digger
  • 2 2.4 m x 10 cm x 10 cm (8 foot x 4 inch x 4 inch) posts
  • Level
  • Quick-drying concrete
  • 3 2.4 m x 5 cm x 10 cm (8 foot x 2 inch x 4 inch) boards
  • Power saw
  • Drill
  • Wood screws
  • 3.6 m x 10 cm x 10 cm (12 foot x 4 inch by 4 inch) post
  • Bracing brackets
  • Sander and sandpaper
  • Outdoor paint or stain and paint brush
  • 2 child's swings with 1.8 m (6 foot) long chains
  • 4 "S" hooks
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Susan Patterson is a health and gardening advocate. She is a Master Gardener, Certified Metabolic Typing Advisor and a Certified Health Coach with vast experience working with organic gardening and nutrition. Her passions include sustainable living, organic foods and functional fitness. Patterson has been writing and presenting on health and gardening topics for 10 years.