A swing is an excellent addition to any backyard. Whether you are trying to add a fun play space for your kids or a relaxing swing for adult use, the most important thing is that the swing is installed correctly for safety purposes. But what if you don’t have one large, sturdy tree to work with? Luckily, with the right equipment, you can install a swing in between two trees.
Installing a swing between two trees is a great way to bring the joys of a swing to a backyard without having one large branch. By using a couple of straps and carabiners, you can attach your swing safely between two trees. This approach will work for all types of swings, including hammocks, tire swings, and regular board swings.
Today, we will cover everything you need to know about how to safely install the swing of your choice between two trees. In no time, you will be able to transform your backyard into the recreation zone of your dreams.
Choose Your Trees
When deciding where to hang your swing, it is essential that you select sturdy trees. Don't worry! You don't have to be an arborist to figure this out. There are several key characteristics to look out for when selecting your trees.
Hardwood is best: It is best to stick to hardwood trees as they are the sturdiest. Classic oak, maple, or sycamore trees are some of the sturdiest hardwoods out there. Some trees to avoid are poplar, willow, and spruce.
Check the surrounding area: The area surrounding your swing must be clear of all debris, bushes, rocks, and other trees so that your swing can be used safely. Also, be sure the area underneath the swing is clear, so there is a safe landing area if someone falls off the swing. Safety first!
- Bugs and rot: Carefully inspect the trees you have chosen to ensure that there are no bug infestations or rot. Disease will compromise your trees’ sturdiness.
Choose Your Type Of Swing
Before you can settle on the best way to attach your swing, you will first need to decide which type of swing you want to install. There are many different kinds of swings, and the best one for you will depend on your specific needs.
If you're trying to install a swing for relaxation, you may want to install a hammock. However, if you are installing a swing for children, you will want to select a more fun swing, such as a classic board swing, a disc swing, or a tire swing.
You can either buy a swing or make your own by following an online tutorial. Hammocks are one of the easiest types of swings to hang between two trees. They can be fun and relaxing for adults and children alike. Simply grab a good book and swing the day away.
If you're looking for a more playtime-friendly swing, then a disk swing is a great choice. This swing is easy to install between two trees and can hold more than one kid at a time. It also swings in every direction—not just forward and back. If you choose this kind of swing, make sure you account for 360 degrees of clearance around the swing.
Gather Your Materials
Once you've chosen the type of swing you want to install, you will need to gather all the materials required to hang it safely. One of the best ways to hang any swing is by using SwingTie. SwingTie takes only minutes to install, making it one of the fastest and easiest ways to hang a swing.
The materials you'll need to hang your swing may vary slightly depending on the type of swing you are trying to hang. Luckily, SwingTie sells several different swing hanging accessories, so no matter what kind of swing you are hanging, SwingTie can be your one-stop-shop for everything you need.
Here's what you'll need for most swing installations:
- One SwingTie kit
- Two sturdy carabiners (Included with your SwingTie kit)
Depending on the type of swing you are installing, you may also need:
- SwingTie Swivel
- Additional long ratchet straps
How To Hang Your Swing Between Two Trees
It is often recommended that you install a beam in between two trees to hang a swing. However, this method involves drilling into your tree and could damage your tree over time. SwingTies uses heavy-duty straps to hang your swing safely without damaging the tree.
How To Hang A Hammock
When it comes to hanging a swing between two trees, a hammock is the easiest to install. First, wrap the SwingTie strap around the trunk of one tree at your desired height. Then loop the small ring and carabiner through the larger loop. Pull the small loop tight so that the larger loop slides up to meet the trunk. Repeat this on the other tree trunk.
Then simply clip your hammock to the carabiners. Test out the hammock to make sure everything is secure. Then sit back, relax and enjoy! SwingTies make hammock installation easy and quick. It even comes with a handy travel bag for using your hammock on the go.
How To Hang A Swing With A Single Attachment Point
A hammock is the easiest swing to install between two trees. However, you can also use straps to install other kinds of swings between two trees as well. You will just need a few more pieces of equipment. This method works best for swings with a single attachment point like disk swings and tire swings.
When installing this type of swing between two trees, one thing to keep in mind is the amount of distance needed between the two trees. With fun children's swings such as disc swings, you will need to make sure that you have 360 degrees of clearance around the swing.
This means that you will need the same distance as the swing’s height from the ground on either side of the attachment point. For example, if your swing is seven to eight feet off the ground, you will need your trees to be at least 16 feet apart so that there are eight feet on either side of the attachment point.
For this installation method, you will need two long ratchet straps, two heavy-duty carabiners, and a SwingTie Swivel Spinner.
- Wrap your straps around each tree trunk at your desired height.
- Attach your Swivel Spinner to a carabiner.
- Use the carabiner with the Swivel Spinner to connect the two straps in the middle.
- Tighten your ratchet straps to create tension.
- Attach another carabiner to the bottom of the Swivel Spinner.
- Attach your swing to the carabiner.
- Test out the swing to ensure that it is sturdy. If needed, tighten the ratchet straps more.
- Enjoy your fun new swing!
The SwingTie Swivel Spinner will add even more fun to your disc swing. This fantastic attachment has frictionless sealed ball bearings that will allow your swing to spin 360 degrees smoothly. The high-quality Swing Spinner is made of 7075 Aviation Aluminum and provides strength to hold up to 2,000 pounds!
How To Hang A Swing With Two Attachment Points
Hanging a swing with two attachment points like a classic board swing or porch swing is a bit trickier between two trees. The best way to make this work is to install a beam between your two trees. This method is not ideal for tree health, so you may want to consider using a hammock or a swing with a single attachment point, as previously mentioned.
In this method, a beam must be attached horizontally between two trees. We recommend leaving this to the professionals unless you are very experienced with power tools. Once you have a beam installed, simply use a SwingTie kit to install your swing in a matter of minutes.
Follow these instructions to install your swing to the beam:
- Hang the tie over the wooden beam or branch.
- Loop the small ring and carabiner through the larger loop.
- Pull the small loop tight so that the larger loop slides up to meet the beam.
- Clip your swing to the carabiners.
- Enjoy your swing!
SwingTie makes hanging a swing easy and safe. Every SwingTie kit comes with heavy-duty straps and carabiners that can support up to 1,000 pounds, making them great for hanging swings for adults and children alike. You can upgrade your backyard into the ultimate recreation zone with one strong branch or the help of two sturdy trees. No matter what kind of swing you're looking to install, SwingTie will help you get the job done quickly and safely.