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Different Types of Kids Swings-Ultimate Guide

Different Types of Kids Swings-Ultimate Guide

Issue Time:2021-11-04
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With this outdoor play set-kids swing becoming safer and with modernized designs there are many options now available. In this article we'll cover each type –from frames to seats– this is your ultimate guide to kids swings.

Different Types of Swing Frames

There are many different types of playground swing frames available on the market today, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. Installing an in-ground frame will require a little work, but will ensure the structure never flips over.

Free-Standing Swing Frames

By using a free-standing swing frame, no digging or concrete is needed because the structure stands freely on the ground.

It is important to use ground anchors with these types of playground swing frames, as this will ensure the frame doesn't flip over or move– making it safe.

The twist-in ground anchor is specifically made for anchoring the frame directly onto your yard. These anchors can stand all soil conditions and offer tremendous stability.

(1) Bipod Frame 

The bipod frame uses 2 posts on each end for support. The two posts form a “/\” shape, which is why the bipod is typically referred to as an “A-Frame”. Can be constructed of either metal or wood.

(2) Tripod Frame 

Tripod frames us 3 posts on each end for support “/|\” and is better for multiple swings, as this frame can support more weight. It can be constructed of either metal or wood.

In-Ground Swing Frames

This type of playground swing is cemented into the ground and is usually found in public playgrounds and commercial facilities. Yet, this model can still be used at home for a more permanent and robust structure.

These frames are normally made of metal posts (although wood can be used in some frame types) and will sometimes have steel plates attached to the top corners for additional support.

They come in all frame types that the free-standing swings do, but here are some playground swings frames specifically for in-ground.

(1) T-Post

A single pole (or wooden post) cemented into the ground with another pole centered horizontally on top forming a “T” shape.

(2) Arch Post 

A curved metal arch supports each end of this swing frame.

(3) Single Pole 

A single metal pole (or wooden post) supports each end of this swing frame.

Different Types of Swing Seats

Today, the swing seats are well-designed and some have elaborate fixtures for more movement and safety.

Tire Swing Seat

This swing seat is an actual motor vehicle tire with a strong rope or chain tied to the tire and hanging from a tree or other solid structure. It is usually seen in backyards and exudes traditional home appeal.

Bucket Swing Seat

The bucket swing seat is considered the most reliable type for children. Holes found at the base fit securely into the child's legs and provide enough support for sitting. The bucket secures the waist so the child does not overturn while swinging. However, parents need to help their children get in and out of this model.

Half-Bucket Swing Seat

The half-bucket is similar to the bucket seat. The half-bucket seat often comes with a safety chain across the front part to keep toddlers safe. Aside from the protection, they have more freedom to move, unlike the full bucket model. It still prevents children from falling out of their seats. The chain usually has a plastic pad for comfort so they don't feel hampered.

Disc Rope Swing Seat

The small swing does not take too much space. It is ideal for small backyards and plays areas. This model can hang from a strong tree or small sturdy base. Children can even stand on the disc and swing while standing. It is a guaranteed space saver but parents must always consider the safety of their kiddos.

Flat Swing Seat

The flat swing is not as commonplace as the bucket or sling types. However, some parents choose this model since the child can sit comfortably while swinging. There are children who want the robust feel of the flat swing and find it easier to balance on the seat.

Glider Swing Seat

The glider seat regulates swinging so children do not swing too high or fast. This kind of seat even allows two kids to swing simultaneously. Glider seats must be solidly built so movement is effortless and moderate. Gliders also cannot swing as fast as other models. The glider swing seat is ideal for younger children.

We need to understand the characteristics and functions of these different swing frames and chairs so that we can better choose the right children's swing. If you want to know more about children's swing after reading the above, you can get a comprehensive solution by contacting us.

As a professional manufacturer of outdoor fitness equipment for children, we are committed to providing every customer with high-quality and safe products. We put the needs of customers in the first place, continuously optimize and adjust the design plan, can provide customers with thoughtful one-stop service, and develop effective solutions. We have an experienced production team that can guarantee the quality of our products. If you want to buy our children's swing, please contact us immediately!
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