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Choosing Commercial Playground Swings

Swinging on a swing set is one of the most iconic childhood experiences. The thrill tinged with fear as the child learns to pump their legs to go higher and higher. The adrenaline when they reach the peak of their swing only to float backwards. It’s a simple joy that only playgrounds can provide. Picking the right commercial playground swing for the right playground is an important task. Fortunately, Playground Outfitters has a huge variety of swing sets for sale so you can find the perfect swings to complete your play area.

Swing Set Types

One of the first decisions you’ll need to make when it comes to selecting your new swing set is which type of frame will work best for your application. There are six main types of swing frames:

Swing Set Materials

Swing sets can be made from a variety of materials. Plastic swing sets are not typically an option. The stress that the motion puts on the frame is too much for plastic. Residential swing play sets are often made of wood. And while wooden swing sets work for a home playground, they lack the sturdiness needed on a public playground.

Commercial swing sets are almost exclusively made of steel with a protective powder coat painted exterior. These metal swing sets are able to handle the weight of multiple children playing on them for hours. This makes them great for schools, parks, and other public areas.

Choosing a Swing Set

Due to their nature, swing sets require large use zones. That is to say, more space is needed around them so they can be enjoyed safely. As a general rule,the taller the swing set, the more space that is needed. Before looking for a swing set, it’s always a good idea to:

  1. Measure the space that you have available for the playground.
  2. Check the drainage to make sure rain water doesn’t pool.
  3. Look at the ages of the children that would be using it.
  4. Account for growth by choosing sets that can be expanded.

Swing Seats

In addition to various swing set frames, there are also many different types of swing seats available:

Top Rail Heights

Swing sets can be found a variety of sizes. The top rail is where the swings attach to the set itself. The top rail height is the vertical distance between that horizontal post and the ground. This measurement determines which swing seats can be used. As a general guide:

  • 7 to 8 feet in height can be used with full bucket, half bucket and inclusive seats.
  • 8 to 12 feet in height can be used with belt seats.
  • Tire, saucer and wheelchair swings all need specific swing sets.

If the playground needs the ability to change between types of seats, it is best to stick with an 8 foot top rail height. Remember, if switching between bucket style and belt seats, the chain will need to be a different length.

By following these steps, you’ll be that much closer to having the right swing for your playground. Questions about finding the right swing set for your needs? Contact Playground Outfitters a call at (888) 342-8228. We’re here to help!

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