Ah, the bright light of the spring season, makes you miss the good old days, doesn’t it? It is natural to feel a wave of nostalgia as the temperature warms up a bit and you think back to the days you spent in the playground or your back yard. It feels like yesterday it was you on the swing and your laughter in the horizon and now, you are looking at how to hang a baby swing from a tree for your little angel.
How to Choose a Tree?
Since the tree is going to be the support of the swing there are a few factors that need to be made sure of before hanging the seat up. It may not seem like a big deal on the outside when you see a broad tree standing in front of you, but it is more important than knowing how to hang a baby swing indoors.
- Tree Type: the trees that you use need to be very sturdy and strong since they have to not only support the swing but also the weight of your baby. Oaks and similar trees are ideal for such an adventure but you can choose others as well as long as they are sturdy. Fruit trees, however, are a completely different story – they are an absolute No-Zone.
- Size of the Branch: the branch basically acts the stand to which the swing is attached to. Make sure that you select a branch that is strong so that it can easily support the swing with the baby in or on it. And more importantly, make sure that it is horizontal. Don’t go for other branches, as learning how to hang a tree swing on an angled branch is a whole different story.
- Condition of the Chosen Branch: you could find the perfect branch and it could still fail to perform, why? Because it was in no condition to carry weight. When you select the branch, make sure that you inspect it thoroughly. What you are looking for are signs of any disease, weakness, or infestation. Any of these things can weaken the branch despite its diameter.
Attaching the Swing to the Tree
Now that we are done with choosing the branch, the next question is how to hang a swing from a tall tree? You don’t want the swing to come loose and injure your baby in it, so you want to use reliable material to attach the swing to the branch.
- Eye Bolts: this is a common method used to attach the swing to a branch. You need to drill hold vertically into the branch and then use bolts that are resistant to corrosion. This is a pretty safe method but may weaken the branch when used excessively.
It eliminates any friction that the swing has with the bark making it smooth.
- Ropes: The second way is to attach it with the ropes as long as they don’t cut into the branch.
Polyester rope: it is a braided rope that is most ideal for swings as it has strength and a little stretch.
Nylon rope: it is the strongest rope there is but can be stretched.
Natural Fibre Rope: these are made from natural materials. But it needs to be replaced once or twice a year.
Metal Chain: they are strong, corrosion-free and extremely reliable. However, they can only be used with swings installed with eye bolts.
Steps to Hang a Baby Swing Safely on a Tree
Now we know how to select the tree, branch, and the means of attachment, let’s look at how to install the swing, step by step.
- Select an appropriate rope that is strong enough to hold the weight of the swing. All the efforts of choosing a good branch go down the drain if your rope is not good enough.
- Now we tie the rope around the branch, making sure that it doesn’t cut into it. To avoid cutting you can also use rubber tubing.
- You can also drill verticle holes into the branch and fasten the swing using screws.
- Now that the branch is ready, attach the ropes or the metal chain to the eye bolts. Make sure it is fastened firmly.