Pendant swings have always been and remain the most favorite children’s entertainment on the playground. Easy installation and ability to operate at any time of the year make this game one of the fastest and easy ways to entertain not only children, but also adults. Suspended structures are most popular.
Description of models for the street and at home
Much spread of street pendant swings received with the beginning of the construction of high-altitude high-rise buildings, in the courtyards of which there was a need for the arrangement of playgrounds for children’s games. Suspended swings entered the standard list of attractions recommended for mounting in the gaming area. Suspended structures are a powerful metal crossbar in the form of the letter “P” with a seat suspended to them, which is attached to the frame with steel chains. This option decides at once many problems:
- The metal chain has a high reserve of a fortress in a dozen and more than once, due to which it withstands the increased load;
- Chains do not have properties to stretch, due to which the chair is located at one level over several years;
- The duration of operation – even in a situation where the swing is not lubricated with oil, they are operated for several decades exactly until the destruction of the supports or the seat began.
However, such swings have disadvantages – the use of the steel chain often causes the seats, twisting, and sometimes even tipping. In addition, such structures are quite heavy – the metal chains correspond to the massive seats, which was the cause of a number of tragedies several years ago – when the children dropped from the swing, the children were driving the elements of a moving structure, which was the cause of severe damage and even the death of children. That is why in recent years on playgrounds, more lightweight models are used.
Consider the main ones.
For adults, the following options for suspended swings are most often acquired. Sun loungers are single structures that are suspended at a single point. The model is equipped with a spring, so it can withstand the load up to 200 kg. Cocoons are a swing equipped with an additional stand. As a rule, they are executed from present or artificial rattan, vines or bamboo. The model consists of small reinforcement armature armatures that are fastened from above in a common point of fixation, and between them stretched rattan and threads. Most often, they are released in a single version, but there are also options designed for 2.3 and even 4 places.
Hammocks – differ simplicity in operation, Usually performed from dense tissue and are a cloth, which is attached to the vertical support in both ends. Usually intended for use by one person, less often – two. Swing sofas – the most common variant of adults for adults on cottages and in the courtyards of private houses. These are standard models that have a long pillow for landing and a rigid back, differ in the lowered swinging frequency – if it is easier to speak, they rather shake than swing. As a rule, they are purchased for a group of persons.
Swing for kids are also presented in several options. Sofa – products, calculated only on one person, are distinguished by an overestimated back and equipped with comfortable armrests that protect crumbling from slipping. Sometimes such models are equipped with additional light and sound effects.
Benches are good for a group of children, as a rule, they are swinging from 3 to 5 kids. Such structures are products made in the form of a bench either in the form of individual sites connected to each other. Usually such swings have a durable metal frame, and stiff seats are equipped with soft mattresses. For the smallest optimal jumpers, which are designed for cuttings until 1 year.
Where are placed?
Before approaching the choice of a suitable model of a swing, you need to decide on the place where they should be located. It is important to focus on several important points.
- Swing should be located so that you can always see the child, even if the design is installed on the street, and you are at home.
- Swing should not be located in close proximity to fences and walls of economic buildings and houses – keep in mind that even swinging hard with the elongated legs, the child should not hit solid obstacles. The minimum free distance from the front and the back of the swing is 2 meters on each side, thus, it is unacceptable to install the design on the balcony or a veranda, but to save space they are often hanging in the doorway.
- Optimally, the suspension swings are located in the shade, otherwise in the summer during the daytime they can fascinate and the child will be uncomfortable to have fun on them.
- Swings need to be placed in removal from bushes with spines, poisonous herbs, plants and flower.
- It is optimal that the surface under the swings was soft and spring – in this case, the baby, even falling, will not be able to bother.
The most common option for suspended swings is considered wooden, and such models can be used both for street devices and at home. Wood swings have a lot of advantages. First, it is environmentally friendly material. Secondly, the cost of wood is low, therefore the swing will be pretty democratic. Thirdly, wood products have a long utilization, they are distinguished by the resistance to external atmospheric effects, do not rot under the action of precipitation, and the straight sun rays are not caused from cracking and deformation. By the way, such a swing can be easily and easy to do at home, and for this it is not even necessary to buy expensive boards – it is enough to look around and cycling the infringement materials that are certainly stored in each in the country shed.
Very cheap will cost the construction of swings from ordinary wooden pallets – These products remaining after repair or construction can become a good seat, it is necessary to simply fix the tight rope on such a pallet and attach to the main frame. If you connect 2 pallets, you can equip a swing with the back, by the way, many additionally be squeezed by their foam rubber and tighten the web – it makes the entertainment much more comfortable, moreover, on such soft structures it will be possible not only to sit, but even lie down after a very active day.
If you have a unnecessary skate or broken snowboard, they can also be used for the game zone equipment and convert to excellent seats. Such a sports facility is characterized by ease, but at the same time a fortress, so you can plant a baby on them, not afraid that such an improvised seat will burst under the weight of the kid. The main thing here is the most firmly fix the suspension design on the frame using cables or chains, but there will be no difficulties with it. If on a skate, for example, the wheels remained – then it will only be enough to build from the rope of the loop and to turn it into them, in this case the wheels will be recorded with ropes and prevent them.
Do not hurry to throw out the old chair – it is possible that it was now his starry hour – if you scream off his legs and sell the rope, you will get very cozy and funny swings that will deliver a lot of joy and you, and your babies.
No less popular variant of swing is considered metallic, They look very stylish and expensive, advantageously emphasize the landscape and create a large field for a different kind of decoration and manifestation of designer ideas. Metal products are durable – they can serve as faithfully a few decades, they are not afraid of temperature fluctuations, high humidity, frequent precipitation or, on the contrary, the exhausting heat.
However, the shortcomings also have. First of all, this weight – swing very heavy, so you have to tinker to put them and fix on the basis of. In addition, when falling, they can hit the child and cause significant harm to his health. And in the absence of the necessary care are rapidly subjected to corrosive processes. In addition, the swing from the metal is heated in summer, and in winter, on the contrary, become too cold, so their use can be associated with inconvenience.
In recent years, more often make swing from plastic, the advantages of such models are obvious – This is a low weight, simplicity in the installation, the possibility of fast cleaning and good transportation portability. Even if such a swing will be offered a child, he is separated only to a light injury. But there are also cons. Plastic swings can crack in the frost, and when you hit and break. In the heat, the material can start melting, which leads to the deformation of the structure. Such swings are often rather unstable, therefore optimal for children in early age. In addition, the environmental safety of such products is raised under great doubt, so many do not trust such designs.
According to the design of the swing, they are divided into mechanical and electronic. Mechanical attachment and work on the principle of pendulum. They are fixed to the frame through the suspension on the bearings using chains, and the rocking is carried out through a special rhythm of squats and straightenings. At the time of squatting the seats fall into the highest point of their support, the sooner the mechanism passes through the lowest place of the support, the stronger and high will turn out to be the switches of oscillations. The oscillation frequency depends on the size of the suspension – it corresponds to the length of the suspension to the central part of the main weight of the cargo, which is located in the waist area of the swinging.
During the flexion and extension of the knees there is a change in the center of the main pressure – the length of the main suspension. When sitting straightens, it begins to go against the action of gravity, and when it relaxes – there is a reverse reaction.
Electronic models are attached and function in accordance with the theory of the oscillating circuit, which includes a wire coil and an electroconductor. The latter is 2 metal plates, between them is the airbag. When a positive one is formed on one coil, and on the second, on the contrary, a negative charge – there are discharges and current flows. Upon completion of the replacement of charge paramers, all actions are made in reverse order. Slowly, but sure the stock of kinetic energy ends and fluctuations stop.
How to choose?
Special attention when buying a swing should be given to the safety of the design, reliability and strength of the swing. For very young kids, it is better to use models equipped with seat belts, they prevent the toddler slipping and its fall on the ground base. It is very important that the fastening was durable and the nodes did not begin to bloom at the time of swinging, but too much tied nodes are no less dangerous because they can easily slip through the hole in the sidewalls of the swing.
By purchasing suspended structures, focus on how exactly the installation is made as a whole, since manufacturers often fix the product crooked – in this case you will have to bring “to mind” swing on their own.
Reviews about using suspended swings The most positive – these products are practical and reliable, they require the minimum time to install, and serve for years. At the same time, the swings are presented in a wide variety of commodity positions – they can be performed from different materials, have different forms, functionality, as well as various sizes and attachment methods. However, users note that when installing such products, add swing some stability using special gaskets. It is very important to spend periodically the inspection of the design, check the work nodes. All items that are in the sandy soil should be disassembled annually and thoroughly cleaned.
If the swing is covered with awnings, umbrellas and have soft seats in their set, then all these elements periodically need to be washed, if there is no such possibility – wash the water from the hose using the cleaning agent. All wood surfaces are better to treat special stores that will remove material from fungal lesion and harm caused by insects – for this purpose, special fungicidal varnishes and liquid antiseptics are used.
But metal elements should be wiped with water-repellent coatings. After any rain, it is necessary to wipe the swing with a dry cloth – this will significantly increase their service life, and during a hurricane or strong wind, you will certainly remove the awning, because the design arcs and fasteners can be brought. The product must be clean – to keep it in this state, you need to regularly wipe all movable elements of the medium hard brush.
Well, of course, do not exceed the permissible load on the swing, otherwise, as evidenced by the feedback, there is a breakdown of a swing. It is not necessary to swing too much – this not only can lead to injury, but also easily cause tilting design. It is strictly forbidden to jump on the swing and split the seat to the right and left.
Suspended swings for many decades are an indispensable attribute of children’s games. In stores you can find a wide variety of various and very stylish models. And you can make an excellent swing with your own hands from any girlfriend.
Swing can be the most different – pretty popular wicker, round designs, double, as well as with a mesh, bag, in the form of a cocoon or eggs. They may have a rack, or maybe absent.
For the smallest shutdowns.
About how to make hanging swings with your own hands, look in the following video.