Want to find a better use for an older trampoline than throwing it out? Look no further, as we are exploring ways to make a simple, fun trampoline swing for you and your family.
These three trampoline swings are mostly ones that you would make yourself, and a fantastic way to recycle your old trampoline. No matter what size you have, or what you are really looking for in a swing, there is an option on this list for you. On top of that, we will be looking at a premade one you can purchase to compare as well.
We will also be considering how easy they are to put together, pricing for all the materials, and size of the swing, to make your choice easier for you.
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How We Chose Our Rating
Choosing our ratings and rankings for these types of products is a little more difficult since it isn’t exactly a single product that you buy. Since we are mostly looking at do-it-yourself recycling projects with trampoline swings, the system will be slightly different.
However, like always, we value honesty and transparency above all else. To make sure you are getting a completely honest review, we will be considering the reputation of the inventors of the design, and general facts about their construction.
Another aspect we will be considering to ensure honesty is to consider all negatives as well. By being 100% transparent we are able to make sure you get a full picture of the design and what it contains.
As far as differences are concerned, we will make sure to include all the individual steps that will need to be taken with each project, all the resources you will need to buy to make it, as well as how difficult or easy it is overall. That way you won’t take on a project that is too difficult because you weren’t informed beforehand.
Now that we have covered all the different aspects and qualities that we will be looking at in the swings, let’s take a look at some of the best options for building or purchasing your own trampoline swing.
DIY Curtained Trampoline Swing Bed
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The first option on our list is a full-fledged bed with a curtain canopy on top of it. This can be hung from a strong rope on a covered porch or from a steel tripod in the yard. A company based in the UK by the name of Atlantic Trampolines actually has advice on building on of these on their website. They mention that making use of the trampoline frame ring, the springs, and the bounce mat is possible and recommended with this style of swing.
To make sure you aren’t laying on anything made of metal, the entire frame has been covered in a soft, padded kind of mattress, and then the whole mat has a sheet over it to keep everything in place. Then the whole frame is suspended by a heavy chain or strong rope to create a huge suspended, swinging bed. It is also a great place to just relax and read or play on your phone as well.
Depending on where you plan to put this, your materials list may look different. If you have a strong ceiling on your covered porch, you will be able to hang this from a thick chain or very strong rope. For a swing that is completely outside, you will need steel beams to hang it from. Once it is structurally sound and hung up correctly, you can get to the fun part of decorating your trampoline swing.
First, you will need a mattress or other large cushion. Depending on the size of your trampoline, you may have to adjust the size of whatever you put on top of it. However, if the mattress/cushion is too big, you can always cut it down to size too. After the mattress is on there, you will want to make sure the entire thing is covered in a fitted sheet to keep everything intact. From there you can add pillows, blankets, and any other extras you want for comfort or decor. You can also hang a sheet or curtains from the ropes or chain keeping the swing up to give it a cozier feel.
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Mini Trampoline Swing
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If you are looking for something smaller that your children can swing on, this next option is the one for you. This trampoline swing is actually made out of a mini trampoline and can actually be used for rigorous swinging rather than simply relaxing on. It is a much simpler set up than the last design, since it is a lot lighter and requires less materials.
To start, you will want to make sure you have a sturdy tree branch or other structurally sound foundation to hang it from. Then you will need dense, heavy rope or chains to hang it from – whichever length works for the height of the tree branch or pole is fine. The actual trampoline part actually does not get altered at all. You will simply take the legs off of your mini trampoline and leave the mat and frame exactly how they are. The chains should be connected directly to the frame for as much stability and safety as possible.
Since it is a much smaller product, it should be the perfect size for a child to sit on and grip the rope or chains for balance. If you are concerned about the child’s legs being near the springs of the trampoline while they swing, you could very easily cover them with a trampoline pad. Then to ensure that the chains can still link to the frame, cut holes where the connection is going to be made. Once it has been securely attached and hung up, your kids can happily and safely swing from a wider seat than your average playground swing without difficulties.
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Purchasing a Hanging Trampoline Swing
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You also have the option to purchase a fully assembled trampoline swing as well. This is a good choice if you do not have a used trampoline to sacrifice for a hanging swing, or don’t want to purchase one simply to make it into one.
It will cost you a little more up front, which covers the labor from you not having to assemble it. You can buy them from a lot of different retailers and websites, and the quality will vary depending on where you find them too.
If you are willing to put in the work to make your own, in most cases it is cheaper to buy a trampoline and put the swing together yourself. However, if you don’t have the time or energy to do that, purchasing one is a fantastic option as well.
A Buyer’s and Builder’s Guide
Now that we have taken a look at some options you have for trampoline swings, let’s take a look at what you should look out for and remember while shopping for one or building your own.
Building Your Own
For building your own swing, the most important thing to keep in mind is the strength and durability of your materials. Taking the extra time to ensure that the rope or chains that you choose to hold the swing up well is a great way to make sure you and your family stay safe while using the swing.
This is also true if you have to pick out beams to hang them from. Choosing something more expensive that is stronger is always the better option for something like this. Something else to keep in mind if you are creating a swing that will be always outside and exposed to the natural elements is how weather-proofed your design and materials are.
If the swing is going to be in full sun and left out in all types of weather, make sure that the cushion, rope, beams, and other materials are all able to withstand the hot, cold, and moisture of the outdoors. Once you actually have all the materials that you will need to build the swing, something else to consider is time.
This is a project that is fairly simple, but it shouldn’t be rushed or thrown together without much thought. Make sure that you can devote at least a few hours to planning out how this swing will go up and how it will sustain a strong foundation even with all the different elements of the weather.
While actually building the swing, ensure that every chain is connected, every rope is tied, and that nothing is left unchecked. Safety should be your number one priority when building something like this yourself. It may even be good to have a partner help you build this over a weekend to ensure that nothing goes unnoticed.
Make a checklist to keep track of what is and isn’t done during the planning and assembly.
Purchasing a Trampoline Swing
If you do go to purchase one, because they are sold by many different retailers, do not be afraid to shop around and find the best price and design possible. Even if you have found one you really like, it doesn’t hurt to look around until you have ensured that it’s the best one possible.
Another aspect to consider is what the design is made out of. Not all trampoline swings are created equal, so make sure that you approve of all the materials involved in the design and final product. If you are uncomfortable with the quality of the ropes used, look for a new swing. The same goes for any other material on the product.
Aesthetics are another part of the swing you should think about before clicking “buy.” Because this is such an enormous piece of furniture, it is something that will not go unnoticed by anyone visiting or any member of your household. If you don’t think it’s attractive enough for your yard, consider that it may take up a big portion of it.
Lastly, be mindful of where you want the swing to be and what kind of design and setup you will need to have it look the way you want to. If you need it to connect to a beam on your covered porch, make sure it doesn’t weigh too much for that to be a possibility – basically be mindful when you look over all of the features and qualities that you need and that are offered.
Now that we have reviewed the benefits of both building and purchasing your own trampoline swing, what are your final thoughts?
Have you decided whether or not you want to build or make your own trampoline swing? If you already have done one or the other, would you recommend it?
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