DIY: How To Build A Swingset Out Of Wood (Step-By-Step w/ Videos)

  • Building a swing set out of wood can be a rewarding DIY project 
  • We’ve listed all the materials you’ll be needing to get started 
  • We also share step by step instructions plus a video tutorial 
  • Bonus video: Easy DIY Swing Set

Are you thinking of putting in a swing set in your backyard?

Do you want to find a way to do this without spending too much money on an expensive kit in the process?

Are you interested in learning how to make your own DIY swing set out of wood instead?

In this article, we’ll give you a quick rundown of how best to build a simple but effective swing set out of wood. You’ll find a list of everything you need to get started as well as a step-by-step guide to help you make the most of this project.

But is wood the best material to use for a swing set? If you’re thinking of building one on your own, it’s better to go with wood than it is to try to work with metal or plastic. Wood is easier to work with and it’s more readily available. It’s also much more affordable, which is important if you’re trying to cut back on the cost of a swing set in the first place.

If you prefer a metal or plastic option, you should stick with a kit so you don’t have to worry about dealing with these types of materials on your own. Otherwise, stick with wood and you’re sure to be able to put together something your kids will love in no time.

Read on to learn how to build a swingset out of wood.


  • (6) 10-foot lumber boards
  • Lag bolts
  • Deck screws
  • Power drill
  • Swing set kits (two or three)
  • Metal plate bracket
  • 4 angle brackets
  • Circular saw for cutting lumber
  • Optional: paint or stain finish
  • Optional: sander
  • 1 crossbeam

This piece of lumber should be long and sturdy enough to support as many swings as you are looking to hang on your swing set. Ideally, you should go with at least a 10-foot piece of lumber.

How To

It’s very easy to put together a simple swing set made out of wood for your children to enjoy. However, before you get started, make sure you have all the materials from the list above and that you know what you’re doing when working with wood and power tools. If you don’t feel confident in your ability to complete this project, it may be better to hire a professional to build a swing set for you, or to purchase a swing set kit with more detailed instructions and pre-cut wood pieces to help you get started.

  • 1
    First, you need to build two A-frames for the sides of your swing set. To do this, you will need two 10-foot pieces of lumber per side.
  • 2
    Cut both 10-foot beams at an angle so that they fit together at the top. Attach them to each other using a metal plate bracket and deck screws.
  • 3
    Both A-frames also need support to keep them sturdy and prevent them from breaking when your children swing on them. To make the support beams, cut two more 10-foot boards to create beams that will stretch across the center of both A-frames. Cut two boards per side.
  • 4
    Attach these boards to your A-frame using lag bolts and deck screws for maximum stability.
  • 5
    Attach the A-frames on both sides to your crossbeam using angle brackets and deck screws. You may need to cut notches in the top of the A-frame to make it fit over your crossbeam. This is the most important step of the project and will ensure that your children are always safe when swinging, so don’t cut corners when it comes to this step. Use as many brackets and screws as necessary to secure the top of the swing to the crossbeam.
  • 6
    When the A-frames and crossbeam are in place, you only need to hang up your swings to complete the job. Swing kits come with all the hardware you need to install whichever type of swing you want for your children. Follow the directions that come with your swing kits to install them as needed.
  • 7
    Remember, however, to give your kids plenty of space to swing and move around on their new swing set. Don’t hang the swings too close to each other, and don’t put so many swings that the swing set might be too weighted down when there are several children playing on it at once.
  • 8
    When the swing set is complete, you may choose to optionally sand and paint or stain the wood to protect it. This is not required, but it can make your swing set last a little longer overall.


As you can see, it’s not too completed to complete a project like this one. However, it’s important to have a solid understanding of how to work with wood as well as power tools, and if you’ve never built a structure like this before, it may not be a good idea to start with something your children will be playing on. Regardless, make sure you test the swing set yourself before letting your little ones play on it. This way, you’ll be able to determine whether or not it’s truly safe for your kids or if you need to make any adjustments before they can use it.

how to build a swing set

Don’t forget, too, that if you are more skilled with woodworking, you may choose to add other elements to your homemade swing set. You can add a fort platform and even purchase a canopy roof to stretch over it and give your kids a place to climb, play, and have fun even when the sun is very hot. You might also want to grab a slide kit to install on your wooden platform fort, too. This way, your children will have a little bit of everything in their backyard playground.

But should you really go this route in the end? Is it cheaper to do this than it is to buy one already built? Or are you going to end up spending just as much on your materials as you would on a kit from a store? It’s actually very possible to buy what you need and install a swing set in your backyard for considerably less money than it would cost to buy a kit. However, always make sure you’re not cutting corners in terms of the quality of your materials. You should buy wood, screws, brackets and other supplies that are sturdy and safe for your children no matter what. If you choose to use stain or paint, make sure it’s safe for your kids to be around as well, and buy something that’s of a high enough quality that it won’t wear out too quickly either.

Keep this in mind and you should have no trouble putting together a swing set that will hold up well to a lot of play and will be an important part of your backyard for a long time to come.



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