Garden swing — ideas and options for making with your own hands (80 photos)
The swing remains one of the brightest childhood memories for life, it was they who gave a wonderful feeling of flying. Take a look at the photo of the garden swing and take note of which model to install on your house territory or in the garden to make your outdoor recreation more fulfilling and memorable.
Attributes can be different: on chains, with a roof-tent protecting from the sun, and in the form of a hammock.
A garden swing with your own hands is a budget option for arranging a suburban area and ennobling recreation. In addition, you can buy finished products in a store where garden furniture is sold.
The home master will be able to install the swing made by himself or purchased by himself, it will not take much time.
The designs differ in design, dimensions and complexity of execution, the following types are popular:
- Models with A-shaped supports
- Portable models on chains
- Models with a bench on a U-shaped frame
Models in the form of a chaise longue
Swing for cottages with A-shaped supports are made of durable materials: they will withstand not only children, but also adults. The hammock can accommodate two adults at the same time, this portable model can be installed in any part of the site.
As for family holidays, the best option is a design on a U–shaped frame, which is both reliable and convenient.
If you have a large family or you like to relax in a large company, then you will need to create a fundamental product. A massive structure should be sufficiently stable, it is necessary that 2 or 3 people can be placed on the bench at the same time.
A wide awning for garden swings will protect you from the withering sun rays in summer, and if you make a mosquito shelter, you can swing until late in the evening without fear of annoying insect bites.
The chaise longue has only one attachment point, the design itself looks light and airy, but in fact the model can withstand two adults with a baby together. With the onset of cold weather, the structure can be brought into the house to continue using a convenient product.
What materials are used to make swings
All models are also divided depending on the materials used in their manufacture. Garden swings made of metal are popular products, thanks to their undeniable advantages: strength, lightness and durability. The metal structure does not require special care, and it is convenient to operate, so many summer residents choose it.
Plastic structures have an attractive price, and they are easy to install, but such swings are suitable only for preschool children: the material is not designed for high loads. This option can be used if there are kids in the family, riding on a plastic swing will bring them only joy and positive emotions.
The wooden model is a classic that fits into any landscape design of a suburban area. These swings can be from both the budget price category and premium class, for complex structures made of expensive wood you will have to pay a lot of money.
Building a swing with your own hands
If it was not possible to buy a street swing for country houses on sale, then they can be made from improvised materials yourself. It remains only to figure out what tools will be needed and determine the sequence of actions.
The process of creating a garden swing is conditionally divided into 3 stages:
- Choosing a model and a place in the country
- Acquisition of all necessary components
- Step-by-step construction of the swing
Let's look at the process of constructing a swing using the example of manufacturing and installing a model with a bench on an A-shaped frame.
How to choose the right model of the swing
The installation process directly depends on the type of construction, therefore, first of all, it is necessary to decide on the choice of a suitable option.
Do not rush to buy a product in the store, read user reviews of various models, find drawings, see how the structures look assembled, in general, your task is to correctly assess the forces.
After choosing a model, think about where it is better to place it: in the garden or on the house territory. The place for the swing should be prepared by freeing it from prickly shrubs, but if flowers grow on this site, then they should be left.
What components will you need to buy
The home master must prepare the following before starting work:
- Three-meter beam (with d from 10 to 15 cm) in the amount of 4 pieces
- Bars with d 8 cm and d 4-5 cm
- Pine and birch boards 10x2.5x250cm (about 15 pieces)
- Board 15x5x300 cm
- 100 self-tapping screws 80x4.5
- Screws 51x3.5 (200 pieces)
- Eye bolts (4 pieces)
- Welded chains with a thickness of 0.5 cm, the length of which corresponds to the height of the swing (2 pieces)
- Galvanized screws 12x100 with rings (2 pieces)
- Paint and varnish materials
- Electric drill
- Hand Drill/Shovel
- Building level
Step-by-step construction of the structure
Make blanks for the future construction: from wooden boards (10x2.5x250cm), saw off the planks with a length of 1.5 m for the bench. If the seat width is 50 cm, then 5 or 6 boards will be needed for it, and 4 or 5 boards will be enough for the backrest.
Cut the widest board into 6 identical pieces, they are used as crossbars to fasten the seat and back boards together. Connect the transverse boards with screws at an angle of 120 degrees, after that, the bench boards are attached to the base. If you mark the places under the screws and pre-drill the holes, it will be possible not to damage the wood.
The armrests are installed last, for their manufacture use a bar (d = 4-5 cm) or the remaining scraps from the boards.
Optimal dimensions for the bench: width – 50 cm, length - 150 cm, these indicators can be changed, but it is important to calculate the load correctly.
Now you can start installing the frame, its width in accordance with the construction standards should be greater than the width of the bench by 50 cm. Pits for beams with a depth of 1 m are dug at a distance of 1 m from each other, the recess is filled with rubble by 30%.
The bars are installed and connected at an angle, a crossbar is mounted between pairs of bars, the structure is fixed with the help of corners. It is necessary to make a screed with boards, retreating from the top of the frame 25 cm and from the bottom 30 cm.
To adjust the A-shaped frame, use the construction level, install the bench by securing the chain with ring bolts in the frame and the base of the armrest.
Rings must be pre-fitted on the chain segments, using galvanized screws, mount the structure to the crossbar.
Make sure the connections are reliable and get down to decorative design, in addition to painting, you can build an awning on top of the frame. Sew a cover for a garden swing, and put it on the structure when you are not using it. Thanks to this, you will be able to maintain the original appearance for a long time.
Do not forget to protect the wood from negative influences from the outside, treat it with special compounds that prevent the appearance of insect pests in the tree, and use paint and varnish materials intended for outdoor work.
Photos of garden swings