LEARN: How To Make Your Own Swingset (Steps w/ Video Tutorials)

  • We can teach you how to make a perfect swing set for your kids 
  • We’ve listed all the materials and equipment you need to start 
  • Instructions plus video tutorials make it easy to follow along 
  • Bonus video: How to Build Backyard Swing Set - Easy & Low Cost

Are you looking for a way to enjoy a fun project and maybe save a little money on your backyard toys?

Has your child gotten big enough to be able to play on a swing set?

Do you enjoy working with your hands and completing challenging DIY projects regularly?

If you’re looking for a fulfilling DIY project you’re sure to enjoy, it’s time to learn how to make your own swingset!

Making a swing set is an exciting way to put your building skills to work and enjoy all the rewards of seeing your kids playing happily on something you constructed. If your yard is big enough and if you live in a place that gets good enough weather for most of the year, a swing set may be right for you. Just remember that, if you build your swing set out of wood, you’ll have to keep up with its maintenance to extend its life as much as possible.

In this article, we’ll take you through all the steps you need to complete to make the perfect DIY swing set. By the time you’ve finished reading, you should be ready to get out there and get started right away!

Materials

Below is a list of all the materials you’ll need to get this job done. Remember not to skimp on the quality of the materials you choose, because this is something your kids are going to be playing on for years. It’s not necessary to buy the most expensive materials on the market, but on the other hand, it’s a good idea to not cut corners either.

  • 8-foot pine 2x6
  • 3-inch exterior screws
  • (4) 12” lag bolts
  • (4) 8’ pine 4x4
  • 12-foot pine 2x4
  • 4 galvanized fender washers
  • 4 lag eye screws for exterior use
  • Spray paint
  • Exterior paint, paintbrushes and/or rollers, and paint pan

Equipment

This equipment list is designed to help you have the best experience with putting together your DIY swing set. Remember, however, that you don’t necessarily have to have all the power tools listed here to complete the project. You can do this with hand tools as long as you have a store or someone else to cut the lumber for you, but it is going to take a lot longer to complete without the help of power tools, too.

build your own swing set
  • Measuring tape
  • Drill with 1-inch paddle bit OR industrial hand screwdriver
  • Shovel
  • Miter saw
  • Speed square
  • Wrench
  • Torpedo level
  • Hammer
  • Sander and sanding pads
  • Swing hardware
  • Nylon rope
  • Utility knife

Steps

Remember that there are many different ways to make a DIY swing set. Depending on the style of swing set you want to create as well as the materials you may already have on hand, you might want to make some changes to this general how-to guide. However, this is a great place to get started if you don’t have any solid plans in mind before you begin building, and it’s also a simple guide for anyone who has intermediate skills with the tools listed above.

  • 1
    First, figure out where you’re going to position your swing set in the yard. Make sure you put it together close to its final position so you won’t have to haul it across the yard when it’s complete.
  • 2
    Use your shovel to dig a 1-1/2-foot hole for each of the four beams that will be supporting your swing set. You will need to measure your beams and may want to spray paint the location in the yard before you do this to make it easier to dig.
  • 3
    If you do not choose to have the hardware store pre-cut the lengths of wood you’ll need for this job, the next step is to use the miter saw to cut a 45-degree angle away from the tops of each of the four main 4x4 posts. This will look nice and help keep rain from building up on top of the swing set, too.
  • 4
    Cut a 4-inch tall piece from a 4x4. Use this block to evenly space two 4x4 boards apart from each other and offer support at the base of the swing set.
  • 5
    Cut four 2x4 boards and use a speed square to level them on the base of the swing set. Remove the 4x4 block spacer and use the power drill to attach the 2x4 pieces to the base of the swing set.
  • 6
    Position the crossbeam at the top of the swing set so that it lays between each pair of side 4x4 posts. Use a hammer to tap it into place if needed. Use the power drill to make a hole through both support beams and the crossbeam on both sides of the swing set.
  • 7
    Attach the lag bolts and washers to these holes.
  • 8
    Set the swing set up and make sure everything is level. Cut and make adjustments as needed to ensure the swing set is perfectly level.
  • 9
    If you will be anchoring the swing set in cement, now is the time to pour the cement and position the swing set. If you aren’t doing this, you can skip this step.
  • 10
    Cut two 2x4 boards so that they are 20 inches wide using a circular saw.
  • 11
    Attach lag eye screws to these two planks, one on each side. This is what you will attach your swing hardware to.
  • 12
    Install the swing hardware onto the crossbeam of the swing set. Use the drill bit to make pilot holes, then screw the hardware into the holes by hand.
  • 13
    Sand and paint your swing set as you like. If you choose not to paint it, you’ll at least want to seal it to prevent weathering. Sand and paint the swing seats as well.
  • 14
    Cut nylon ropes long enough to hang the swing seats about 2 feet from the ground, leaving plenty of slack to knot them securely. Attach them to the swing hardware on the crossbeam and then to the lag eye screws on the swing seats.
  • 15
    Double-check the integrity of the swing set before allowing any kids to play on it.

Conclusion

Now that you’ve learned about how to make your own DIY swing set, are you ready to get started? You may want to run right out and pick up all the materials and equipment you need to begin, and if so, that’s great! Just remember to double-check all your measurements and take your time putting the swing set together. This is something your kids will be playing on, so safety is always key. You may want to test it out yourself before letting the kids start playing on it, too.

Don’t forget that you don’t have to have power tools to do this job. However, if you choose to put the swing set together without power tools, you will need to be sure you check on it very regularly for maintenance purposes. If any screws or nails fall out or become loose, you’ll need to make those repairs right away to ensure that this swing set remains safe enough for everyone in the family to enjoy as long as possible.

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