How to Space Swings on a Swing Set

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To determine spacing of the swing set itself, measure down from the top bar to the ground and multiply the measurement by 2. This is how far away the swing set needs to be from all other objects. For example, if the measurement from the bar to the ground is 6 feet, then there should be no trees, poles or buildings within 12 feet of the swing set.

Proper swing spacing is important for plaground safety.

Swing sets are common pieces of outdoor yard equipment for children. They are available in flat strap or board styles, tire swings and fully enclosed seats for smaller children. Although swings are designed for fun, they can be dangerous if proper safety procedures are neglected. One of the most important parts of setting up a swing set is determining the proper spacing for the swings. This prevents children from hitting each other and objects such as poles or trees.

Step 1

Place a tape measure at the top bar of the swing set where the chain or rope of one swing is located. Measure over 8 inches to locate the proper spacing for the next swing. Continue this measuring procedure to space all forward moving swings at distances of 8 inches from each other and the poles of the swing set.

Step 2

Walk to any tire swings or disc swings that move in a circular motion instead of back and forth. Place the tape measure in the center of the swing and measure outward a minimum of 24 inches, which is the closest it should be to any other swings or poles on the swing set.

Step 3

Locate any lawn swings on the swing set which are swings that contain one child on each side. Place the tape measure in the center of the seat and stretch it up to 28 inches. Hold the position on one of the swings side bars and then measure outward for 12 inches, which is the closest that other swings or poles should be to this type of swing.


Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.