A swing is a symbol of carelessness and childhood.
Remember the popular song about the winged swing, how much lightness and joy there are in it.
And imagine how much fun will bring garden swings for the dacha, made by yourself!
Garden swings made of wood
When making garden swings you need to correctlyFor them to establish a bearing support. Of course, the support of iron will be more reliable and stronger than from the beams and logs. However, it can only be done with a welding machine. For those who do not have this opportunity, you can choose to have a strong wooden bearing support, capable of supporting a weight of 120 to 150 kg.
For the manufacture of garden swings you will need:
- 9 pieces of well-planed timber 5x10 cm or 10x10 cm (for greater reliability) -
- metal corners for connecting the beams to each other-
- 2 plywood liners or slats-
- metal corners for fasteners-
- bars for the frame under the seat, the backrest and for the production of armrests-
- cable (metal, made of synthetic material or in the form of chains with large links) -
- hanging hooks for fixing to the crossbar or 2 metal wide brackets of 4-hugolnogo section with eyelets on the ends-
- clamps-clips for the cable.
The cable can be made of metal, made of synthetic material or in the form of chains with large links. Chains are not exposed to atmospheric influences, are safer, very decorative.
Making garden swings start with the carrierSupport. Collect the bottom frame, which will be attached to the vertical bars. As for the size of the bars for the frame, it directly depends on the size of the desired swing seat. The best option is a seat depth of 50-60 cm and a length of about 160-180 cm. The frame should be wider than the swing seats by about 40-50 cm to ensure their stability.
Secure the beams securely with metal corners. If the swing will be located not on the tiled / asphalt / concrete cover, but on the open ground, then to exclude or postpone the process of decaying the timber, the beams of the lower frame must be treated with bitumen. In addition, all wooden parts for garden swings should be treated with special antiseptics. When the frame is ready, to it with the help of screws and corners are fastened vertical bars, which will serve as pillars. As a result, you will get 2 large triangles. To their top, you need to attach a horizontal crossbar.
Now you can start making a bench. Act in the same sequence, starting with the execution of frames from the bars. The framework should be two pieces - one for the seat, the other for the backrest. After that, to the frames either screw the plywood, or nail the slats.
Connect the backrest corners to the seat. The angle between the seat and the backrest should be about 120 ° to achieve a greater comfort for the vacationers. Further, it is possible to fasten the armrests - 2 bars, connected with each other at an angle of 90 °. However, this is not necessary, since you can do without armrests. Secure the clamps or hooks on the upper crossbar, thread the chain or cable through the holes. Its length is measured in such a way that when sitting on a swing it was possible to reach the ground with socks. Then, secure the seat.
This is the main part of theGarden swing done. However, you can not stop there and, for example, supplement the ready-made swing with a tent. To do this, on the frame of the bars, pull any fabric and fix the resulting canopy to the top of the swing. The next nuance is the rigidity of the bench-seat. You can put on the seat 2 sofa or made specially for a swing cushion. For greater durability for polushkah it is desirable to make a cover from oilcloth or polyethylene. Garden swings can be placed in the garden, on the lawn in the country, in the shade of the branches near the house in the village.
Rope garden swings
Also you can make your own children's handsRope swings. They are best placed on a branch of a large tree. If you have a young garden and such a tree is not available on the site, you can make a supporting frame or use a branch of a wooden beam. In the second variant, take a log with a length of 3 m and a diameter of 12.5 cm and tie it with ropes to a tree, placing it between two strong branches. The log should have a length of about 1 m. And such a "branch" should be located at a height of 2.6 m above the ground.
Do not forget that the main thing in the design is its safety, especially if you are making a swing for children. After completing the work, do not forget to check the finished product for durability.
To make a rope swing, youYou will need a Sisal rope with a diameter of 1.3 cm. The ends of this rope are tied with twine so that its fibers do not dissolve. Ropes tie to a branch or a beam, making a loop and 3 knots. The distance between the ropes should be from 50 cm. With the help of the same loops and knots, the ropes are then tied to the seat.
For rope swings, the seat can be made from 2Small logs 70 cm in length, about 8.5 cm in diameter and 50 cm between the ropes. Route the ropes between the logs and wrap around each of them, tying them to 3 knots. Against the backdrop of the garden, such a garden swing looks attractive and organic, but they are not always comfortable. However, you can sew soft covers for them. The seat can be taken flexible and fastened to the carabiner. Subsequently, this seat can be removed to replace it with another.