When my husband was looking for a swing, he had a few requirements in mind…
He wanted a swing that both kids (a four-year-old and a two-year-old) could fit on at the same time, so there would be no fighting over it.
He also wanted the swing to be lightweight, so that if it hit one of the kids, it wouldn’t really hurt them.
Finally, he wanted it to be relatively inexpensive.
He found this Multi-Children Swing on Amazon, but the price was a bit steep.
The Swing-n-Slide Monster Web Swing was another option, but he ultimately wanted a rectangular platform and not a circular one. (Plus, I like how our platform doesn’t have holes in it, like the webbing used for that one.)
So, as he tends to do frequently, when he couldn’t find exactly what he wanted he decided to build it himself. Now you can make a DIY Platform Swing, too…for much cheaper than the ones on Amazon!
Here is what the finished DIY Platform Swing looks like in action:
-(2) 10 foot lengths of 1-inch Schedule 80 white PVC pipe
-1-inch PVC 90 degree corners
–PVC cement & PVC primer (a.k.a. purple primer)
–100 feet of hollow braided poly rope (length dependent on how high your tree is)
1. Use a hacksaw to cut PVC pipe into four pieces, two that are 45 inches and two that are 32 inches. (Those are just the sizes we used. You can customize it to any size you want, really.)
2. Put PVC primer on the mating surfaces of the PVC piping and the PVC corners.
3. Apply glue to the mating surfaces and attach corners onto piping. Be sure to work quickly, because the glue will dry in 60 seconds. Take care that you put the piping and corners together so that the frame lays flat.
4. Drill a 1/8th inch hole on the frame, 1/2 inch away from the corner on the short side.
5. Attach the nylon webbing to the frame in this manner: Fold an inch of the webbing over itself. Push the pop rivet through the overlapping webbing piece you just folded. Use the pop rivet tool to attach this to the hole that you drilled in the frame.
6. Follow the diagram to weave the webbing, first horizontally starting at pop rivet #1 and ending at pop rivet #2.
7. Next, weave it vertically starting at pop rivet #3 and ending at pop rivet #4.
8. To attach the swing to a tree branch, we used two larks head knots, one on either side of the swing. Insert handle bar if wanted (it’s optional).
My kids are obsessed with this swing. It’s all they want to do when we go in the backyard. It was a time-consuming project (the weaving of the webbing took the longest), but well worth the effort.
It’s even good for napping!
Doesn’t that look comfy?
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