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25 Free DIY Wooden Swing Set Plans You Can Build Today

Last Updated on August 6, 2020

Wooden swing

In today’s age of modern technology and high-grade graphics, kids aren’t as prone to heading outdoors on nice days and playing in the dirt and the sun. Whether you are a parent or a grandparent, getting your kids to appreciate the outdoors might take a little push. Doing a project with them or for them may be just the way to do this and who doesn’t love a good push on a swing?

Below we have collected a list of 25 swing set plans that you can do yourself. Almost all of the plans give you the exact details of how to make it and what to use, step-by-step. Crafting your own allows you to choose the price tag and effort level that fits your needs. Make an old relic something new and exciting and give your kids something to go outside for.

1. Tree Swing Plan from Mother Earth News

Tree Swing Plan from Mother Earth News

This swing is a simple one for those that might find building an entire swing set too daunting. Instead, use a sturdy branch from a solid tree and build from there. The plans are detailed, guiding you through how to make a swing set that should last a lifetime without hurting whatever tree you choose. Try this simple but long-lasting idea out by heading over to Mother Earth News.

2. Free Standing Swing Set Plan from All Thumbs DIY

Free Standing Swing Set Plan from All Thumbs DIY

This swing set was made by a dad who refused to pay the exorbitant price that the sets were being sold from the local outdoor and retail stores. Looking at one of them that he liked, he went ahead and made his own plans that ended up in a fun project, a great looking swing set and a much cheaper budget. Find the plans by Keven at All Thumbs DIY to give it a try yourself.

3.  Modern A-Frame Swing Set Plan from HGTV

Modern A-Frame Swing Set Plan from HGTV

You have decided you want to build a swing set but you don’t want it to stick out like a sore thumb in the backyard. This plan is one that lends a modern architectural feel to the overall idea of a swing set. Depending on the color you choose to paint it, it can blend or be a fancy way to stand out from the crowd. Either way, both you and the kids will love its unique flair. Check out the plans from Brian Flynn on HGTV.

4.  DIY Network’s Free Swing Set and Climbing Wall

DIY Network’s Free Swing Set and Climbing Wall

Don’t just try to develop a love for the outdoors with your kids. Give them a taste for adventure with a new hobby. This swing set plan is relatively basic, yet still unique. It pairs a small swing set with a moderately sized climbing wall. It is up to you how fancy you want to get. Drilling more holes into the wall allows you to change it up once the kids have mastered the first variety of climbs. DIY Network doesn’t just give you detailed plans, but has also made a tutorial for you to get the hang of it before you try it out.

5.  Gorgeous Swing Set for Adults from Pretty Handy Girl

Gorgeous Swing Set for Adults from Pretty Handy Girl

Who says that swing sets are only for kids? Make a space in the yard for the adults in the family by crafting this beautiful swing set made for relaxing and enjoying the great outdoors. Use a couple of hammocks and find some furniture or decorations meant for outdoor use. Although this picture doesn’t include it, you can make it even more of a haven by planting wildflowers around the outside of the set. Find the plans by heading over to the blog Pretty Handy Girl.

6. The Stand-Alone Swings from Tidbits From the Tremaynes

The Stand-Alone Swings from Tidbits From the Tremaynes

Simplicity may be the key to the DIY game for some. If you don’t have a try to hand it from but would still like to make a simple swing set, give this one a shout. The way that it is designed looks highly crafted, yet it is simple and straightforward and can be built almost anywhere in the yard with enough space to swing. Get the plans from Tidbits from the Tremaynes.

7. The Solar Swing Set from Instructables

The Solar Swing Set from Instructables

This design may look high-tech, but let us just say that the solar panel does not power the swing set. Overall, the swing set is standard and play area combo. The difference is that these plans give you guidance on how to use the playset to mount the solar panel. This is especially useful if your home isn’t fit for panels or it gets better sun out in the yard. Go to Instructables to access the in-depth diagrams and instructions as well as an intro tutorial.

8.  Free-Standing A-Frame Swing Set from Instructables

Free-Standing A-Frame Swing Set from Instructables

The size of the swing set is going to be partially decided on the size of your yard as well as how big your family is. If you are looking for something that all of your kids can enjoy at the same time, building this bigger set may be the way to go. The other positive aspect of this set is that it is much higher than some of the other ones featured here. This means the swings will swing out higher and farther, more fun for older kids. These plans are also from Instructables.

9.  The Airplane Swing from Ana White

The Airplane Swing from Ana White

Ana White can always be relied on for quality, unique DIY plans. This airplane swing doesn’t disappoint. If you find that your kids aren’t interested in a plank with a rope attached to it, make them feel like they are flying with this airplane design. Find the plans by Whitney on the Ana White blog.

10. The Electric Swing Set from Instructables

The Electric Swing Set from Instructables

A truly inspiring plan that might not look like much from the picture but can get a motor going. This swing was made by a small group of creatives that wanted to see what they could create that used small amounts of electricity. They didn’t have a large working knowledge of working with electricity or motors, so don’t worry if you don’t either. The frame of the set can be made out of almost anything, they got an old one donated to them and then supplemented it. Learn more about their successes and failures and get their plans at Instructables.

11. The Hanging Tire Swing from the DIY Network

The Hanging Tire Swing from the DIY Network

For many of us, a tire swing was a crucial part of going up in the outdoors. It was simple, easy, made from whatever recycled tire that your dad had on hand. DIY Network has brought the good old tire swing back into fashion and made easy plans to follow for making one that will last a long time.

12. Low Height Swing Set from Reese Dixon

Low Height Swing Set from Reese Dixon

A swing set may not always create feelings of happiness and enjoyment for younger children. Instead, swings that fly too high may frighten them and may even be dangerous depending on their age. This low height swing set is perfect for younger kids in multiple ways. It swings slow and steady and has a large fabric square for the kids to easily sit on and feel secure. Check out the plans on the Reese Dixon blog.

13. Skateboard Surf Swing from Wikihow

Skateboard Surf Swing from Wikihow

Combine the fun from a couple of different outdoor hobbies by making this surf style skateboard swing. If you have an old skateboard that hasn’t been used for a while, it may be a great way to recycle. Wikihow is well-known for giving detailed step-by-step instructions for their projects, as well as pictures to guide you through beginning to end.

14. The Handsome Husband Tire Swing from Stone Cottage Adventures

The Handsome Husband Tire Swing from Stone Cottage Adventures

When we think of tire swings, we may not always envision the heavy-duty tires that are pictured above. However, if you live in the country and work with farm equipment, or know someone who does, this may be the right choice for you. Instead of swinging back and forth, these swings are great for getting your spin on. Get the plans from the Stone Cottage Adventures blog to give an update to the “tired” old swing plans.

15. Homemade Swing Set Plan from Mother Earth News

Homemade Swing Set Plan from Mother Earth News

Another great plan that comes from Mother Earth News. They believe that encouraging kids to get outside and grow an affinity for the world around them will impact their future decisions when it comes to the environment. This set is a detailed plan that ties in a play box on the bottom, a small fort with a slide on top and a swing off to the side. Head over to Mother Earth News to check the plans out for yourself.

16. The DIY Tree Swing from A Beautiful Mess

The DIY Tree Swing from A Beautiful Mess

A cute option that might fit better in a well-designed and manicured backyard. This one is also made to be inviting to adults as well as to kids enjoying a good outdoor swing. It is simple yet designed with durability and safety in mind. Change it up a bit by having the kids paint the bottom board to make it their own. Get the plans from A Beautiful Mess.

17. The Wooden Swing Set from Popular Mechanics

The Wooden Swing Set from Popular Mechanics

This is another great all-in-one swing set plan that hearkens back to some traditional designs. It includes a ladder, a small play area and a slide. The swing set attached to it is larger than the one featured above. This means it might be a better fit for more children if your yard becomes the center of the neighbor kid’s attention. Check out the plan from Popular Mechanics to try it out yourself.

18. The ClubHouse Swing Set from Ryobi Nation

This swing set and play area are one of the most involved that we have featured on the list. Yet the creativity and allure made it so that we just couldn’t ignore it. It is made to be a clubhouse for the kids. Instead of an open design, it is a little home that they can shutter up and make their own, no adults allowed even. Get the plans from Ryobi Nation to see if you are ready to take on this engaging project.

19. The Painted Tire Swing

The Painted Tire Swing

This design is from an unknown author and doesn’t have a specific design template associated with it. Instead, it is meant to serve as inspiration. Use one of the complete tire swing designs that are listed in the article and then give it a fun twist. Painting it with bugs, as a starship or a raft on the high seas may be a way to engage your kids and make it more personal.

20. The DIY Ultimate Swing Set from Black and Decker

The DIY Ultimate Swing Set from Black and Decker

This plan combines almost everything that you could ever want in a swing set. Complete with a drawbridge, a specialized ladder, monkey bars, a slide and a couple of swings you get the whole deal here. Black and Decker have outlined the plans from beginning to end so that whatever level builder you are, you can walk through it successfully.

21. The Simple Wooden Swing Set from HGTV

The Simple Wooden Swing Set from HGTV

This design is another simplistic piece perfect for a beginner. If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands but are still looking to do something constructive with your kids, this is a great option. It involves very few pieces and can be put together pretty quickly. Another design from Brian Flynn from HGTV.

22. The Big Tire Swing Set from the How-To Specialist

The Big Tire Swing Set from the How-To Specialist

Combine a number of the different ideas listed throughout the article. Do this by building a small playset with a slide, a normal plank swing and pairing it with a tire swing. This way, no matter what your kids might want to do, they have got all of the options. This design is brought to you by the How-To Specialist where they give you step-by-step instructions and drawings.

23. DIY Pergola Swing Set from Only From Scratch

A unique idea for a yard that is well-manicured and designed. This swing set combines fun with beauty. The swings hang down underneath a pergola. After you are done building it, the opportunities are endless. You could cover it, plant vines around it, make it mystical, like flying in an enchanted forest. Magical for the kids and beautiful for you and any visitors. Get the design from Only From Scratch.

24. Easy DIY Plastic Crate Swing from Playtivities

Easy DIY Plastic Crate Swing from Playtivities

Before your kids start to grow up and branch out into the yard on their own, it might be a better idea to bring it closer to home and smaller. This comfortable swing made from a crate helps to recycle something and keep it simple. A fun way to grow into playing outdoors. Get the idea from Playtivities.

25. Multiple Tire Swings from Pinterest

Multiple Tire Swings from Pinterest

The last one featured here is a featured idea on Pinterest. While there aren’t specific plans for this one, it is yet another way to get creative with a tire swing. These multi-tire swings can be made in several different ways, all by bolting or tying the tires together. From there, follow the plans for the other tire swings to affix it safely to from the first tire to the tree or other support.


Featured image credit: Wooden swing by manfredrichter, Pixabay

About the Author Adam Harris

Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!