Should you purchase a swing set kit or a full swing set?

You might be wondering what the difference is between a swing set kit and a full swing set. Let’s explore both a bit to give you a better understanding.

Swing Set Kits: There are several forms of swing set kits. There are some kits that include everything and some kits that need you to add some things like wood or slides, etc. If you are handy or have a licensed installer that will do the work for you a kit might be a good choice. It may also save you some money by allowing for you to purchase your own wood and by saving you money on having a full set shipped to you. Kits are also great as most of them will come with instructions for building different layouts so you can pick which will best fit in your application. Another great thing about kits, sometimes you just want to add a rock wall or monkey bar setup. By purchasing the kit, you get just what you need and nothing more. Kits also take the guess work out of what accessories you need as there are kits that will include all the pieces needed.

Full Swing Sets: There are so many swing set options available. If you do not have the time to choose all the different options, you want, like in a kit, then it may be better to purchase a full swing set. You are sure to find a full swing set with a layout that will have everything you need and work in your application.

Hope this helps when you are trying to choose between a full swing set and swing set kit. Both are great options!


Installing our products

Most of the items we sell are pretty easy to install. However, we recommend that you contact a licensed installer on anything you are not equipped to handle yourself. Below will cover a few pointers for installing some of our items.

Swings: Are you replacing an already existing swing? If so then you can purchase one of our swings fully assembled with chain and attach to your existing swing hangers. There are some things to consider with this before purchasing.

  • Are your current swing hangers usable and if so, are they open ended or closed loop? If they are closed loop our clips that come with our fully assembled swing are included and will clip right to those swing hangers. If they are open ended swing hangers the clips are not needed as you can hook your chain right to the open end of the swing hanger.
  • Do you need to replace your swing hangers? We recommend replacing most swing hangers every 2 years or sooner if there is wear. If you need swing hangers, we have several options. Some things to consider with swing hangers are beam size and if you need commercial or residential.
  • Are you just replacing your swing seat or just the chain? We offer per piece options as well with instructions on how you can attach them. Please note that replacing just the seat or chain does require tools which you may not have at home.

Accessories: Are you looking at purchasing an accessory like our periscope, telescope or steering wheel? We offer full instructions with these items as well. These items are made for attachment to a wood set. Please keep in mind that the hardware included is for that type of application.

Climbing rocks: Our rocks come in 2 sizes large and small. The hardware included in both sizes is for 5/4 board. We do offer longer hardware for additional purchase as shown in our product instructions.

Have more questions on installing our accessories or swings? You can visit our product instruction page below or feel free to contact us anytime.


Tire Swings

Tire swings can be purchased with everything included or per piece depending on what you need. You can also create your own tire swing easily with the necessary parts.

The main thing you need to consider is where the swing is going to mount. If you are replacing one this will be easy but if you plan to build one there is much to consider. Tire swings move not only front to back but also side to side and spin 360 degrees. A proper sturdy mount is needed to support that motion. A licensed installer can help with building you a suitable tire swing beam.

If you plan to make your own tire swing and not purchase one pre-built, you will need the following items:

  • Tire
  • Tire eye bolts
  • Chain
  • Hooks for top and bottom
  • Tire swivel
  • Any additional needed hardware

We offer all these products on our website and you can also purchase a tire swing kit that will include some or all of these items.

Replacement Parts and Accessories for an already Existing Swing Set

Are you looking to give your swing set a face-lift? Replacing parts for most wood swing sets is easy. There are things on most wood sets that are considered standard like swing seats, accessories, chain however there are some things that are not considered standard.

The first thing you need to consider is your swing beam size. If you have a standard beam it is likely 8ft from the ground. So, when replacing swings for an 8ft beam you would want to make sure you purchase swings with chain that is 5.5ft in length. If your beam is 9-10ft from the ground, then you will need 8.5ft chain. Other then chain length all other aspects of your swing should be interchangeable. Do you need to replace swing hangers? You will need to know the thickness of your beam to purchase the correct ones. Other then that you can choose which ever option works best for your application. Are you replacing rocks? You only need to consider the hardware size for the type of wall you have. Replacing accessories like telephone, periscope, steering wheel, etc.? If you have a spot to mount to your wood set that’s really all you need. Do you need a replacement tarp? These are not standard to all sets and need to be measured properly. Once you have the measurements you can purchase a custom tarp to the specs you need.

Swing Set Stuff Inc. offers a lot of replacement parts for revamping an existing swing set. We offer gliders, slides, swings, climbing options and more!

Add a Glider to your Play Set

Just because your play set did not come with a glider does not mean you have to go without. Gliders can be added to an existing set with a little know how. Gliders require and four-point attachment. Right away you are probably thinking, “I don’t have a four-point attachment.” Let us help!

You have two mounting options to add a glider to your play seat.

Monkey Bar Set up: If you have a monkey bar set up you can use four swing hangers, one on each side of the monkey bar wood. This will give you a four-point attachment and the swing hangers will give you the back and forth motion needed for the glider. Please note the glider will be in the way of using the monkey bars so if you are still wanting to access the monkey bars this may not be the right application for you.

Single Beam Set up: The second option is to build or buy a glider bracket. Glider brackets create the four-point attachment needed but mount on your center single beam. If purchasing a bracket, make sure they come with the swing hangers. If you are building your own, you will need to purchase those and any additional hardware and wood you need to attach it to your swing beam.

Safety note: Please be sure all attaching wood either a monkey set up or single beam set up can support the glider and the hardware you are using. If you do not have the proper wood supports on your swing set in either application, we do not recommend adding the glider. We always recommend you get a licensed installer for all work you need done.

Now you see that you do have options when considering a glider. We would be happy to answer any glider questions you may have!

Commercial Pipe Swing Sets – Things to consider

Looking to build a commercial pipe swing set? Here are a few suggestions to help in your project.

Use schedule 40 pipe: When building a pipe set you should always use schedule 40 pipe. If you use nonstandard pipe you will likely run into issues finding correctly fitting hardware to continue with your project.

Pipe Size: When it comes to deciding on what pipe size to use, consider the following:

  • Are swing hangers available in the size you need? Pipe swing hangers only come in certain sizes so be sure to check the swing hanger sizes available.
  • You will need end frame fittings. These are also only available in certain pipe sizes so be sure to check that as well.

Middle frame fitting: You may need a middle frame fitting. The top pipe that you use for your main beam can only span so long before you will need to add a middle frame fitting. You can consult a licensed installer for more information.

Tripod or Bi-pod: When choosing your end frame fittings and middle frame fittings you have the option or 2 leg or 3 leg.

Hardware and accessories: Don’t forget to buy all hardware and accessories that you need to complete your set.

Safety note: Please be sure to consult a licensed installer on all projects.

Pipe Swing Sets are great for commercial settings or if you just want a sturdy set for your backyard. If you do not have a license installer to build one for you, we do sell these types of sets in full. Please feel free to contact Swing Set Stuff Inc. for any questions.

Should you purchase a Full Bucket Seat or a Half bucket Seat?


Here are some things to consider:

Full Bucket Seat

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Swing Set Stuff Inc. High Back Full Bucket Swing Seat
  • A full bucket seat is fully enclosed where as a half bucket seat is not.
  • A full bucket seat is more suitable for a toddler 18 months and up.
  • A child must be able to support themselves inside the enclosed swing full bucket swing.
  • If a child is not able to support themselves inside the swing, then give them some additional time before putting them in a swing.


Half Bucket Seat

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Swing Set Stuff Inc. Half Bucket Swing Seat
  • A half bucket seat is great for children that still need additional back support
  • A half bucket is suitable for children 4-5 years of age that require some additional back support.
  • A child must be able to hold themselves in to the swing to use the half bucket.
  • If a child has not reached the point where they can hold themselves into a swing seat then a full bucket swing would be more appropriate.

Both Seats

  • Both swing seats are rated for up to 105 pounds and are for children only.
  • Both are made from the same material and come in a variety of colors

Hopefully this information helps you to make an informed decision when purchasing one these two swing seats. We would love to answer any additional questions you have regarding these.

Finding the Right Tarp for Your Swing Set

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Get a custom tarp made to your specs!

Over time you my find that your current swing set tarp has worn out and needs to be replaced. Or you may be building a custom swing set and need a custom tarp. Swing Set Stuff Inc. has what you need. You may think that all swing sets come with a standard tarp size, but that is not true. Just about every swing set is different from set to set and brand to brand. Figuring out if you can purchase a custom tarp or a pre-made tarp can seem difficult but it’s very easy. You have a couple options when it comes to pre-made tarps.  You can either try to locate the manufacture to see if they sell a replacement tarp for your swing set or see if the pre-made tarp, we carry will work for you. If after measuring your old tarp or your existing set you find that our pre-made tarp will work for you, then you are good to go! However, if you find this does not work for you no worries, we have custom tarps that can be made to the size you need. Our custom tarps are made to your specs to fit your swing set. They come in well over 14 colors including pink! Our tarps are sold per square foot based off the measurements you provide. The are durable, long lasting and the color holds up well for years. When its time to replace that swing set tarp know that you do have options for great quality tarps.

Here are just a few quick safety tips for your swing set and swing set accessories!

  • When having a set installed, we always recommend you get someone licensed and insured with experience in swing set installs.
  • Be sure to allow enough space for the set with proper spacing all around the set as well.
  • Once your swing set and accessories are installed it’s important to check all hardware and swing hangers making sure nothing seems loose.
  • Do a check of all hardware periodically to make sure nothing has worked loose over time from use.
  • Be sure that the children using the swing set and the accessories are of proper age.
  • Always supervise your children when playing on the swing set and the accessories.
  • Make sure to replace residential items every 2 years and sooner if they show wear.
  • Keep copies of all instructions and when adding new items to your swing set be sure to follow the provided instructions.
  • Always make sure your children are using the accessories as intended and not in an improper way.

Swing Set Stuff Inc. wants your children to enjoy themselves and be safe while doing it! For additional safety information please refer to the following links.

Slide options and choosing what is best for your application

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Sidewinder Slide

When it is time for a new replacement slide for your swing set or when you are building a custom swing set it can be a little tricky. When choosing a slide there are some things to consider.

  1. If you are building a new swing set, you must first make sure you have the space for a slide.
  2. When replacing an existing slide or adding a new slide you will need to know your deck height. Your deck height is measured from the deck straight down to the ground. Your deck height is not the same as the length of the slide.
  3. Deciding what type of slide you want is also important. There are several options from the super wave slide, sidewinder, straight scoop, tube, etc.
  4. Depending on the slide you may need additional support. Be sure to check the specs before purchasing so you have all the materials needed for installation.
  5. Most important, SAFETY! Please make sure you have enough ground covering. You also should have a professional install your slide whenever possible.

These are a few tips to help when choosing a slide. We are happy to help you with any of your slide questions or swing set needs.