Who did not like swing in childhood? This simple fun carries kids for long hours and can even immerse adults in pleasant memories. If you do not always have the opportunity to get to the site, you should build a swing for children on the dacha or even in the apartment if there is free space. Single or for the whole company - any option is easily realized.
How to make a swing with your own hands?
First you need to decide where the swing will be located, after which you can proceed to the choice of a particular model. The apartment is best to build a simple single on the ropes, which successfully fit into a simple sports area or even a doorway. At any time, they quickly fold and retract, so that they do not take up much space. If the swing will be on the street, in addition to the classic model, you can try to make a swing for 2 or 4 people. Some of them will require the need to work a welding machine, but even if it is not available to you, in many cases you can replace the metal with solid wood.
Almost any swing requires a horizontal support, which will be attached to a chain or rope, allowing you to swing the seat above the ground. In her role in the suburban areas there is a strong branch of a tree or a ceiling beam under a canopy, in the apartment - a perpendicular door frame jamb. In addition, you can personally make a frame for the swing: you will need 2 or more thick wooden beams, placed vertically and driven into the ground to a depth of 30-40 cm to give them maximum stability. Exactly the same beam is laid and bolted from above. So that the ropes or chains holding the seat do not slide on it, they are fixed with metal brackets, or threaded into hooks installed below the crossbeam.
As for calculations, it is desirable to lay the height of the vertical beams for the future rather than the current height of the child, if you do not plan to change the dacha in a year. That is, it is recommended to immediately build a frame with a height of 1.8-2 m, and as the child grows up, change the length of the ropes or chains on which the seat is suspended. It should be positioned so that it touches the waist of the child. It is allowed to place it a little lower, but it is not worth raising more, because then it will be difficult to climb it.
Mastering a safe swing of tires
The swing for tires is considered to be the safest for small children, since with an accidental impact from a flying seat, its strength will be much less than from metal or wood. However, if your baby loves to fidget on a swing, it is quite possible that this version will not work for him. An easily bending tire will deform after the movements of the child. Most models of swing tires are designed for children 5 years and older.
The simplest option is built on the summer cottage, where there is a strong, mature tree, or not less strong horizontal beams, whose thickness is 15 cm. Around them, a free zone of about 0.7-1 m is needed so that the child does not hit nearby items.
In addition, you will need a long rope, whose size depends on the height of the branch or beam, which will be attached. It is calculated so that after the flip through the horizontal support, the ends do not touch the ground from a distance of 30-40 cm. The tire is placed vertically, the ends of the rope are threaded into it, and are pulled into a tight knot 80-90 cm above the ground.
More accurate parameters can be found by measuring the growth of your child. Baby bottom edge of the tire should reach the waist and not rise higher, otherwise it will be inconvenient to climb on the swing. The main problem in such a structure: to find a sufficiently strong support and make the most durable knot. They will guarantee that the child does not fall from the swing.
For the smallest, you can make a more comfortable and safe construction, also implying the presence of a good horizontal support. The swing-cradle is suitable for children aged 3 years, but it will take 2-3 hours free to create them. A thick tire is washed and dried, after which a 2-parallel lines are drawn along the circumference of the shoe with a knife to open it. They should not go over the entire tire, since some of it will become a swing seat, so at least 50 cm is required to remain intact.
The upper band can be removed, leaving only 5-10 cm along the edge or eliminating this zone completely. The side areas of the tire will serve as handles, as well as parts for which the cradle attaches to the horizontal support. Fixation can be done with metal chains, and you can resort to the same rope, which was discussed above. It is not necessary to make a hole for fastening: it is enough to pass the rope into the already-existing opening of the curved tire and tie a knot at the top.
If you use 2 tires, devoid of the side parts and folded crosswise, as well as fixed with bolts, you can get an almost classic sloping seat that holds the shape well and is comfortable even for an adult. A swing seat of a similar design is created from 1 tire, on the surface of which an incision is made in half of the circumference, after which the tire is partially curved and its side part is attached to the bent off cut top. Additionally, you need to remove the opposite side rubber, otherwise the tire will be less flexible. It is recommended that such seats be fixed to the ropes or chains no longer as a knot, but through bolts, as well as making 2 fastenings on each side at a short distance from each other.
Paired performers: master class
Swings that allow 2 people to ride on them at once are considered as an attractive option: this is a design that has 2 ends, which are seats. With it, the difficulties in making a little more than with previous models of swings. It is necessary to make a mechanism for lowering and lifting each part that has the same algorithm as in classical weights. Unfortunately, such children's swing with your own hands can be done only if you have skills in working with the welding machine, since you cannot fully assemble them from wood.
In most cases, for the swing-balancers are taken water pipes with a diameter of 40-50 mm. 2 of them are deformed into arcs, 1 short becomes a crossbar, rotating during use, and another 1 long is a way to connect the seats at the swing.
The distance between the ends of the swing depends on the height of their base: their approximate ratio is 3: 1. If the design is focused on a small child, do not raise the swing in a horizontal state above the ground by more than 0.5 m. Children aged 5 years and older can take a height of 0.7 m. In this case, the angle of inclination can be varied by reduce the length of the swing itself. The smaller the distance between their ends, the higher each of them will rise when the opposite edge is fully lowered. The task can be simplified by choosing a metal mount with a wide surface area, which will work as a balance bar, and all other parts, up to the central drain, run in the tree.
To avoid sudden drops, fraught with shaking of the spine and injuries, it is recommended to attach soft and thick material under each seat, below the crossbar: for example, a rubber gasket. It will work as a shock absorber and will reduce the risk of unpleasant incidents, especially characteristic of overly active small children. In addition, be sure to build and handles at each end, for which the kids will hold. If a tree is taken to create them, parts with a width of 7-8 cm, which are necessarily sanded and lacquered, are desirable. They are preferable to metal pens, because reduce the chance of slipping. And so that the children's swing-balancers look bright and attractive for kids, you can arrange each seat in the form of a bird or beast: for example, ducks, swans, etc.
Video tutorial for dads
It is sufficiently easy to build children’s cabinets, and thanks to the variety of models, it is easy to fit such a design in almost any conditions: from a city apartment to a summer cottage and even the riverbank. Given the fact that this is a great way to train the vestibular apparatus and have fun, it is important for every parent to learn the subtleties of creating a swing for children.