Replacement Swing Seat – Replace a broken or shabby swing seat on your child’s swing set with handsome cedar or redwood plank seats. Stick to these directions to enhance the safety and appearance of your child’s play equipment.
Choose High-Top quality Wood
Use redwood or cedar for the replacement swing seats, as they resist moisture and insects.
Obtain planks that are 8 inches in width and 2 inches in depth. A six-foot length ought to make 4 swing seats, every 18 inches long.
Cut the Planks for the Seats
- Reduce the wood planks to the identical length as the old seats, so they will match the chains or ropes.
- Sand the seats with a fine-grained sandpaper block for a smooth finish.
- Drill 4 mounting holes for each and every seat, utilizing the old seats as a guide for locating and sizing holes.
- Stain the planks if you like. Let the finish to dry completely before attaching the new seats to their suspension.
Install the Seats into the Swing Set
- Check that the chains or ropes of the swing set are in very good condition to reuse. If not, replace them with vibrant-colored nylon-blend rope, at least 3/4 inch in size.
- Attach the new seats to the suspension, guaranteeing they are level and secure.
- Comply with Step 3A to use the current chains, or Step 3B if you replace the chains with new ropes.
Step 3A: Attach to Current Chains
- Replace the chain brackets to improve the safety of the swing set.
- Figure out the appropriate sizes of bolts and nuts to attach the swing seats to the chain brackets.
- Drill corresponding holes in the seat edges, at least 2 inches from the front and rear.
- Attach the chain brackets with the bolts. Safe firmly at the bottom of the planks with the nuts.
Step 3B: Attach to New Ropes
- Measure the swing set from the crossbar to the desired base height of the seats off the ground.
- Acquire three/four-inch size Dacron and polyester blend, climate-resistant rope twice this length for each and every of the swings you are replacing.
- Cut each rope length in half.
- Drill 3/4-inch holes in the planks 1 inch from every single edge, aligned front to back.
- Hang the ropes over the swing set crossbar so the ends are even.
- Make a loose single knot in the rope and pull the knot up to the crossbar. Even out the rope ends, and repeat with the opposite side rope for each swing.
- Tie off a double knot in the ropes for every single finish of the seat, about a foot above the seat base.
- Insert the ends of the ropes through the drilled holes and tie knots in the ropes firmly under the seat. Seal the knots with a propane torch to prevent slippage.
The comfortable replacement seats on a revived backyard swing set can renew your children’s interest in the outdoors and be a secure, entertaining way for them to get the workout they need to have.