- Simple solutions: board and rope
- Simple solutions: materials at hand
- Swing sofas
- Stationary swing supports
- Portable swing
- Swing with roof
By design, a garden swing is akin to a bench – outdoor recreation in the shade of trees or a canopy. The design differs only in the “fulcrum” – the bench seat stands on legs, and the swing is suspended from a beam. Based on this, we will consider different options for a wooden swing made by ourselves.
Simple solutions: board and rope
The easiest option is two ropes and a small piece of board for one person. Since the load is relatively small, such a swing can be hung even on a strong branch of a large tree. The main thing is that the rope is thick enough, and the stopper knot is securely tied.
The disadvantage of the first option is the unstable horizontal position of the seat. Two points of support are not enough for him, even if the rope is thick and the knot is large – one awkward movement and you can tip over. Therefore, it is best when the seat is suspended from each corner of the board. The ropes can already be chosen thinner, and so that the knot does not come loose, wrap it on both sides with construction tape.
Simple solutions: materials at hand
There is such a separate direction for garden (and even home) furniture – the use of pallets. Of course, we are not talking about semi-handicraft pallets made of poorly processed boards with wane. In order to minimize surface finishing, it is necessary to choose a Euro pallet (there are two hallmarks on the lugs: EPAL and EUR). It is easy to make a swing – sand the top boards and side elements of the structure, cover with a primer, apply varnish or paint in two layers, hang on ropes.
And so you can use an old wooden half-chair.
For those who are not constrained in their means and love comfort, we can advise you to saw off the legs of a wicker chair from a vine and hang it on ropes in the garden.
Swing sofas have a more complex structure, consisting of a seat, backrest and armrests. But here, too, there are different ways of making.
For simple models, it is enough to own the basic techniques of carpentry..
A swing with a more complex design requires the skill of a carpenter.
Hang such sofas on ropes or chains.
The capacity of this swing is designed for two or three, and in a rare garden there is a tree whose branch can withstand such a load. Therefore, in order to hang them, you need a beam with its own supporting structure..
Stationary swing supports
The simplest support for a swing is two pillars dug into the ground with a crossbar on top. And in order for the pillars to stand securely, their underground part must be concreted.
This design can be complicated by making a canopy or trellis over it like a pergola.
There are combined supports, when one end of the crossbar is attached to a tree, and the other to a triangular post.
But it is the stationarity of the supports that is often considered a disadvantage of the swing. For example, it is not easy to move them to another place when the layout of the site is changed..
Portable structures have two corner posts with an additional stiffener fixed in the middle or at the bottom of the supports. The choice of this shape is explained simply – a triangle is considered the simplest rigid figure..
The material for the manufacture of racks can be timber:
sanded dry “wild” logs and poles from your own garden or a nearby planting.
Swing with roof
The outdoor swing seating area can be protected from the sun. The simplest option is an awning in the form of a pitched roof. And if you choose a waterproof fabric for the awning, it will also protect you from rain.
A gable roof made of lightweight roofing materials – corrugated polycarbonate protects even better from precipitation:
or soft tiles.
In the second case, for a small slope angle, you don’t even have to skate..
And next to the house (or dacha) in a rustic style, you can put a swing covered with the traditional roofing material of the Russian hut – dry reeds or straw. And so that it is not thick and does not leak at the same time, roll waterproofing is laid on a solid crate.