How to install a basement swing in your house
A basement swing in almost guaranteed to be the hot item in your house. Plus, it is much easier than you would think to install. Here’s all the information you’ll need to install your own swing in your house today.
So, we installed our basement swing a little over a year ago and it is hands down the most favorite toy in our house. My kids play on it all of the time. Plus, it’s waaaaaay easy to install. Keep reading below to learn more.
Important note: Please consult a professional before installing any playground equipment in your home. I am not a professional. This blog post is just meant to give you ideas.
Gather basement swing supplies
You want to make sure you purchase the right supplies for this swing. There is a wide variety of hardware but only certain types can withstand the wear and tear of a playground swing. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Sturdy playground swing
- Swing hangers (highly recommend)
- Screw eye cable and quick link chain (only if you don’t have swing hanger)
- Impact drill
So, we used a screw eye cable and a quick link chain for our swing. These options work, but they are not made specifically for playground equipment. After more than a year of use, the metal on metal friction caused the two pieces of hardware to wear a little bit. Just know that if you use this option, you will probably have to replace the hardware once per year or so.
Install your swing
First, you’ll need to place your swing in the center of your room. Ensure that there is plenty of room for your swing to have full range of motion. You don’t want a wall or stationary object to be in the way because you kids will definitely swing as high as they can.
You’ll need to use your drill to drill some pilot holes in your ceiling. Place the holes about the same width apart as the width of the seat on the swing directly into the studs in the ceiling. Your swing hanger kit might also include some instructions on placement as well. The point is to make sure it is securely place on the ceiling. Make sure this piece of hardware is super sturdy and safe. If you’re using a screw eye cable and a quick link chain, follow the same process.
Attach swing and start swinging!
The hard part is done. Now just attach the last link on the swing chain to the swing hanger or the quick link chain and you’re done. Your kids will definitely start playing on it right away.
So, keep in mind that a swing in your house is best for kids who are at least four years old or older. Toddlers have a hard time with spatial awareness. They can get hit by a moving swing very easily. However, my kids have never gotten hurt by our swing. They LOVE it!
I wish we could install more swings in our basement! I often wonder why we didn’t install this swing sooner. Swings don’t need to be limited to just the basement either. If you have a big enough space they could also work in a bedroom or a bonus room.
How did your swing turn out? Leave your comments below.
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