For kids' fun, it's easy to set up a rope swing to hang from a tree, from the eaves, or a custom swing frame. Kids can have the most fun year-round and not get tired of it. Of course it is also smart to choose a style and color matching your yard or residence. On the right, there's an example of a Weather Resistant durable Aspen Wood painted Red. It features Comfortable seats and wide arm rests, with a long lasting quality paint job. Ten foot rope and seat belt are included. It comes basically assembled, and takes no more than 15 minutes to put in place. [and it's Made in USA].
A safe and fun choice for younger kids is like this Wind Rider Glider Swing: with an ergonomic design, and back supported seat, providing additional comfort. It provides a transition from the early toddler-type swing to a regular swing seat. It attaches quickly to any standard duty swing hanger. And it comes with hand grips and foot holders for a more secure position, helping promote the child's development of strength and coordination. All the details about this are on the Wind Rider Glider Swing shopping page.
If you don't have a safe place to hang your swing, have a look at the many styles of free-standing swing sets available to place on a deck or lawn. Using a 1 inch thick manila or sisal rope makes it easy to hold on to and very safe. Coat the ends of the rope with rubber or whipping to prevent fraying. To prime the seats and then put multiple coats of spray paint is also a good idea.
Here's another idea for the young ones who enjoy the outdoor rope swing: Oxford Reading Tree: Storybooks: the Rope Swing is a kids' Stage 3 reading picture book about friends enjoying rope swing play.
More do-it-yourself tips:
Place your ladder up against the tree branch and climb up to where you want to place the rope. Make sure it is far enough away from the tree that the kids won't swing on it and slam back in to the tree.
Cut off any excess rope so that the rope does not touch the ground.
Consider using a cantilever beam fastened horizontally to your tree, rather than attaching your swing directly to the branches. A beam or pole mounted to your tree will give a more evenly balanced swing axis, but may be a challenge to stabilize as it is not as solidly in place as a tree branch itself.
Try the rope swing out yourself first. Swing on it by sitting on a knot. Then try the rope swing again by standing on one of the knots. Kids will want to play with the rope swing in many different ways such as sitting on it, standing on it, etc.
Sisal or manila rope needs some attention at the ends to prevent the fibers untwisting and coming apart but does give a more traditional look than synthetic ropes.
Features of Kids' Rope Swings
- Safety first for the kids
- the most romantic place in your home or garden
- hanging porch swings require strong overhead support
- a do-it-yourself (DIY) kids' swing can feature a cut board, a round circle, a tire, a belt, or a log for the seat.
- free-standing patio swings are available for deck or garden landscape
- A great indoor option is the Indoor Trapeze Bar and Swing Set for Kids - Perfect Rainy Day Activity