As the dog days of summer continue to stretch on, this is a phrase that parents everywhere are likely to be hearing from their children. So, how can parents combat this epidemic of inactivity? How about building a swing set? It is the perfect family project for summer, and it is sure to save your children’s vocal chords (as well as your sanity). In this article, we’ll lay the foundation for finding spectacular swing set plans, while also giving you the confidence needed to build your own swings.
There are a few things you need to decide before you can jump right into building your own swings. The first consideration is cost. There are several companies that offer elaborate swing set plans along with parts and materials that cost thousands of dollars. While these swings are top of the line, not all of us can afford the price tag. By first determining your price range, you will then be able to select a swing set plan tailored to your budget.
The second consideration is your personal carpentry skills. If you can measure, cut, drill, and nail, then you probably have what it takes to build your own swings. However, if the mere mention of the word “assembly” makes you break out in a cold sweat, it may be best to consult an expert or two. Many quality home improvement stores offer classes for the “tool-challenged” among us, and these experts will help you gain the confidence needed in a very short time. Once you cover these bases, it’s time to move on to the actual plans.
Quality swing set plans are a crucial element to building your own swings. In fact, it can make all the difference in constructing a wonderful play area as opposed to a muddled collection of wood and nails. What information should swing set plans contain? First and foremost, make sure the swing set plans you are using outline in detail all of the tools and materials you will need to complete the job. If you come across words without specifics, such as “drill bits”, “wood”, or “nuts and bolts”, you are using poor swing set plans. Always make sure the plans you are using give exact measurements and counts. Secondly, make sure that the swing set plans you are using provide well drawn illustrations as well as clearly defined instructions. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to look at a tiny blurred drawing with only vague directions as your guide.
Now that you know what to look for in a swing set plan, you have to resist the temptation to ignore certain steps just because they seem unnecessary. Follow all instructions (as well as safety precautions) exactly, as this will accomplish two things. 1) You will be building the best swings possible and 2) you won’t injure yourself in the process. While we’re on the subject of safety, make sure to get the kids involved in the project by using common sense. Have them help by giving them safe tasks (such as handing you the nuts and bolts as you need them), and keep them away from the potentially dangerous tools.
By choosing the right swing set plans for your budget and skill level, you will help to make your children’s summer a little less “boring”. One last tip to keep in mind – when the project is complete be sure to always supervise your children as they play on the swings. This will ensure that your children are safely having fun with their new swing set.