Swing Set for Grown Ups
Are your kids still using that old swing set in your backyard or have they long outgrown it? After our major landscaping project, we’ve been spending more time outside enjoying our new backyard. But, this eyesore was blocking the view. It was time to make this a Swing Set for Grown Ups!
The landscape designer wanted us to remove the swing set. I thought we could still use it (or I was in denial that my children are growing up.) I decided to make it a swing set for grown ups (and tweens.) That way we can turn it back into a swing set one day when we have grandchildren (hopefully in the very distant future.)
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Swing Set for Grown Ups
Here’s how you can convert your own swing set for the adults. Remove any slides and bright colorful objects (bright colors scream kid-friendly.) Most can be removed by taking out the bolts with a socket wrench.
Remove any swings, trapezes, or other hanging objects.
Replace the swings with two affordable chair hammocks using hammock swivel hardware kits. If you have a swing set that accommodates three swings, you can usually fit two hammock chairs (but measure your set before you order.) You shouldn’t need to drill new holes, just hang the hammocks on the existing swing hooks (assuming they are securely fastened.)
I purchased the Mocha colored hammock chairs to blend into the scenery, but there are several colors available. (affiliate link)
Plant some climbing flowering vines around the base of the swing set. I planted a Lady Banks climbing rose on one side of the swing set. It should offer some privacy and when it blooms and will be covered with delicate yellow flowers some day.
On the other side I planted a clematis that has pretty purple flowers.
When you finish you’ll be surprised by the native species that flock to the new spot. Look I spot two book-reading skinny legged tweens right now! You’ll also probably notice that the bird will love hanging out on the hammock stretchers.
Our grown up swing set is the new favorite spot for my boys to curl up with a good book and a bottle of lemonade.
They haven’t missed the slide or the swings at all!
I picked up the outdoor pillows at Lowe’s on clearance right now.
If you can’t find them at Lowe’s, I found some nice ones on Amazon that you might:
Blue-Green Medallion & Striped | Turquoise Trellis | Zig Zags | Elephant Dance
I think Pretty Handsome Guy and I are going to spend several evenings here with a glass of wine and some good conversation.
Want to add some lighting to your new favorite spot? I have a tutorial for installing low voltage landscape lighting.
We have all been using the swing set a lot more than before.
Hope you have a great time enjoying your grown-up swing set! I know we are.
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Brilliant idea!! I’ll never look at an old swing set the same again. I can imagine brightly colored pots of flowers on that landing for feeding bees and butterflies.
Hi Brittany, I love this idea. I was wondering what to do with the swing set since my kids have outgrown it.
I purchased the same hammock swings and hammock swivel hardware kits that you linked. Did you find the the hardware hook did not close all the way? the hammock swing seems too bug for the hook. I can’t tell from your picture. Thank you for the info.