How to Build a Swing Set for the Playhouse!
A swing set add on that extends from our playhouse! This swing set can also be used freestanding, without a playhouse.
Look what Kevin built in one day!
I'm embarrassed, this took me a week! Here's what Kevin said:
"Started at 1 pm and that was 7 pm. My father in-law helped from about 3 till the end. I should also say that we are both experienced carpenters. That said, I wouldn't let it deter anyone from building one. It's a really nice plan.
Just a few notes. First, our cost came in at just over $600 (we used treated lumber on the deck). Secondly, I am going to be adding some cross bracing on the platform legs to make it more sturdy.
Thanks Ana our kids will have an awesome summer."
You are very very welcome! Thanks so much for sharing!
SWING SET ADD ON
I was so inspired by Kevin's (and a few other playhouses) that you have shared that I wanted to post the plans for the swing set arm to the playhouse. This swingset can also be used freestanding.
It's pretty simple to build and I know you can figure this one out on your own, but since I was already drawing up plans for Grace's playhouse, I thought I would save you a little math and a little time.
You could use this same design to build a free standing swing set too! I would recommend pulling the ends of the legs out just a tiny bit so that the truss ends do not sit perfectly straight. By angling the trusses in at the tops, it removes any danger of the swingset collapsing from the side. Just a tiny bit would be fine, I'm talking a few inches.
Is anyone else thinking a freestanding adult swing or bench? I would love to see a hanging daybed . . .
2 – 12′ 4×4 Posts
1 – 12′ 4×6 Post
1 – 8′ 4×6 Post
2 – 8′ 2×4
16 7″ Bolts, washers and Nuts
Shovel for leveling
1 – Saddle Bracket to connect a 4x to a 2x perpendicular like this one
1 – 4×6 rafter post hangers like this one
2 – 4×4 post cap/bases like this one
Eye bolts like this one
You will need to find a large area that is level and flat. Make sure you predrill all bolt holes with a bit sized for the bolt. Tighten each bolt with a wrench and periodically check for tightness with use. Check for square and level with each step. Be safe and have fun.
2 – 4×4 Posts @ 127 3/4″ (Legs)
2 – 2×4 @ 18″ (Top Supports)
2 – 2×4 @ 78″ (Bottom Supports)
1 – 4×6 Post @ 12′ (Swing Header)
1 – 4×6 Post @ 8′ (Porch Header)
Cut the 4×4 posts as shown above. Lay out on a flat and level surface.
Use bolts to attach the top supports as shown above to the legs. You will need to drill a hole the size of the bolt shaft first and then insert your bolt.
Attach the bottom supports as shown above.
Assemble the swing set as shown above. Use lag screws or bolts to attach the brackets. The swing set does not have to be mounted to the center of the front porch. Make sure the header is level and if needed, dig with the shovel under the legs until the swing set header is level.
You could also install your swing as shown above. If you did not plan for a swing but want to ad one on now, you could also purchase an additional 4×4 post, 8′ long, and attach it to the playhouse deck using brackets, and then attach the header and truss as shown above.