Make an easy and affordable A frame swing set with hardware sets, pressure treated lumber, and these free DIY wooden swing set plans!
When our daughter outgrew her toddler-size swing set, we started looking around for an upgrade.
I was really disappointed with the cheap metal swing sets that were really the only ones in our price range.
So we decided to build an A frame swing set with lumber from Home Depot and hardware sets from Amazon.
Here’s how it went and how to do it yourself!
DIY A Frame Swing Set Hardware
The first step we took was to find a set of brackets.
We ended up ordering this A-Frame Swing Set Bracket Set for $65.99 on Amazon.
We were super happy with how easy it was to use and that all of the hardware was included.
Next we ordered three sets of swing hangers since we already had two swings and a set of bars from our other swing set.
There are tons of different swing hangers to choose from on Amazon. I just suggest finding one that has a weight limit well above what you think you will need.
The first set we looked at only had a weight limit of 115 lbs. – that was definitely not going to work!
In total we paid $36.08 for the three sets of hangers since I was able to find them on Amazon Warehouse at a big discount.
Last, if you don’t already have swings and bars like we did, you will need to order those as well.
At some point we’d love to upgrade to a Saucer Swing like this one!
You can choose any variety you’d like and make a custom swing set just for your kids.
The last bit of hardware we ended up buying for the swing set were 2 ft. threaded metals rods like the one pictured above.
We used these to anchor the swing set to the ground because the feet were lifting up if anyone went big on the swings!
They only cost about $2.50 each so we were happy with the price.
Our anchors have corroded after 2 years but are still doing the trick.
My husband drilled down through the 4 x 4 at a angle then pounded the metal rods into the ground with a sledge hammer.
He attached a washer and nut to the end of the bolt to hold it in place. It was a cheap solution to the feet lifting up that didn’t require us concreting the legs in place!
Actually you’ll also need a handful of decking screws to attach the 2 x 4s to the A frame, so add that to your shopping list if you don’t have any hanging around.
A Frame Swing Set Lumber
Here’s a breakdown of the pressure treated lumber you will need for this swing set:
When we made our swing set lumber was SO much cheaper than it is now!
Our total cost for lumber for this project was $77. It’s roughly double that currently. 😳
Free DIY Wooden Swing Set Plans
Since I don’t have any fancy drawing software, you’ll have to make do with my hand drawn plans for putting the swing set together.
But hey, they are free so you can’t be too upset LOL.
The most challenging part of building the swing set ended up being deciding how far apart to attach the swing hangers.
We decided that 18 inches was the best distance to have the pair of hangers apart from each other. So we placed them as far apart as we could while keeping them a safe distance from the edges.
Here’s another drawing that better shows the placement of the swing hangers.
We decided on 8 ft. 8 inches for the length of the legs, but when my husband helped build another swing set with a friend, they made the legs 9 ft. long.
So that is really up to how tall you want it.
Assembling the swing set is easy once you have all of your materials and tools gathered.
Be sure to attach the swing hardware before you assemble the frame. This will make your life so much easier.
Also, we built the A frame on the ground then walked it up, which took two people. Just something to keep in mind!
DIY A Frame Swing Set Tools
It’s always a good idea to know what tools you will need to gather before you start a project.
Here’s what you will need:
- Drill with appropriate bits to drill holes and attach hardware
- Chop saw to cut ends of the 4 x 4s and 2 x 4s
- Wrench to tighten nuts on anchors
- Tape measure
- Small ladder
A Frame Swing Set Cost
Here is the cost breakdown for our DIY A Frame Swing Set:
- Swing set brackets = $66
- Swing hangers = $31
- Lumber = $78
- Metal rods for anchors = $10
TOTAL COST = $185
We were super happy that we kept the cost under $200 for a swing set that will last the rest of our daughter’s childhood.
Keep in mind that if you don’t already have swings or other accessories you will have the purchase those as well.
Also consider that the cost of lumber may be significantly higher due to supply/demand issues.
I hope you found this post helpful if you are interested in free DIY wooden swing set plans or trying to build your own A frame swing set.
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