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Grown Up Swing Set | Pretty Handy Girl

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!

Grown Up Swing Set | Pretty Handy Girl

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

Grown Up Swing Set | Pretty Handy Girl

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.

Grown Up Swing Set | Pretty Handy Girl

Remove any swings, trapezes, or other hanging objects.

Grown Up Swing Set | Pretty Handy Girl

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.)

Grown Up Swing Set | Pretty Handy Girl

I purchased the Mocha colored hammock chairs to blend into the scenery, but there are several colors available. (affiliate link)

Grown Up Swing Set | Pretty Handy Girl

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.

Grown Up Swing Set | Pretty Handy Girl

On the other side I planted a clematis that has pretty purple flowers.

Grown Up Swing Set | Pretty Handy Girl

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.

Grown Up Swing Set | Pretty Handy Girl

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.

Grown Up Swing Set | Pretty Handy Girl

They haven’t missed the slide or the swings at all!

Before:

Grown Up Swing Set | Pretty Handy Girl

After:swing-set-for-grown-ups

I picked up the outdoor pillows at Lowe’s on clearance right now.

Grown Up Swing Set | Pretty Handy Girl

If you can’t find them at Lowe’s, I found some nice ones on Amazon that you might:

Blue Green Outdoor Pillows

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.

Grown Up Swing Set | Pretty Handy Girl

Want to add some lighting to your new favorite spot? I have a tutorial for installing low voltage landscape lighting.

Grown Up Swing Set | Pretty Handy Girl

We have all been using the swing set a lot more than before.

Grown Up Swing Set | Pretty Handy Girl

Hope you have a great time enjoying your grown-up swing set! I know we are.

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24 replies
  1. Mary
    Mary says:

    What a great way to relax in the evening or take a break during the day,never taught of swings for adults but this is super,the clematis adds a wonderful touch and I envy you surrounded by beautiful trees,wish I had them.Great job enjoy.

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  2. Debra Bailey
    Debra Bailey says:

    This sounds good, but I have a 6foot,18 year old grandson who has Autism and he loves to swing but is too big & heavy for our old swing set. Can you help me with ideas?

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    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      Debra, don’t you think the hammock chairs would work for him? They hold my husband who is 6′ tall. I did have to flip the hammock over the bar once to bring the seat off the ground a little more.

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  3. Yolonda
    Yolonda says:

    I love this idea! So many growing families sell the swing sets that still have some use… I just might pick one up since it could double as an aerial yoga trapeze too ?

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  4. Jen
    Jen says:

    Can I ask how tall your swing set is? I love this idea but I’m afraid I may not have enough clearance based on the hammock dimensions listed in the item description. ?

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  5. Shelly Chatterelli
    Shelly Chatterelli says:

    Brittany, I love this idea. I actually am having my son build a swing set at our house. Because of Covid we can’t find any sets already made. Any way you can give me the dimensions of this set so he can build? Thank you! Hope you and yours are well!

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    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      13′ wide from the outside of each side supports. Then an additional 3′ the top rail extends for another swing or trapeze. The depth is about 8′, I’m not sure how much is buried in the ground. And 7′ tall from ground to top rail. Again, I’m not sure how much is buried

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  6. Robin Sirois
    Robin Sirois says:

    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.

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  7. Candyce Blodgett
    Candyce Blodgett says:

    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.

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