Swing Loop

Design by: Playground Ideas

Design Description

This seat is made from one tire and rope and is one of the quickest and easiest swings to make.

Building Steps

  1. Cut all the tire sidewall off but leave enough so that the steel wires in the tread are fully concealed.
  2. Turn the tire tread inside out so that the tire tread is on the inner circle.
  3. Loop a rope through the tire and tie a knot. Then, tie the other end of the rope to a tree branch, swing frame, or other strong pole.


• x 1 Car Tire
• Rope*

*You can use chain, webbing (like seatbelt material) but cable is not recommended. The stronger, thicker the better. If the material is low quality you may want to add 2-3 additional ropes to avoid falls.


• Utility Knife

This plan is designed to be used in conjunction with your appropriate safety guidelines / standards and the advice of local skilled builders / engineers.  If your location has no guidelines or standards, we have provided a summary of many of the most common hazards here.

This plan is for pre-school (4+) and school-age children, and are not designed for babies and toddlers. Designs will need to be redesigned for these age groups.

This element needs soft fall below it in the safe fall zone.

This element needs a clear safe fall zone that is twice the distance between the swing seat and the horizontal post.

This element is fast moving (forced movement) and CANNOT have overlapping safe fall areas.

All tires need to have holes drilled or cut at their lowest point to ensure good drainage. This element may contain an entrapment hazard (especially between tires). All openings (in tires and other places) more than 600mm (23″) from ground level must not be between 3.5″ (89mm) and 9″ (230mm) in diameter in any direction to avoid head entrapments. Rubber loop diameter must be greater than 25mm or smaller than 8mm.

Use dome headed bolts on inside of swing seat. If possible, cover nut or use a flat nut under the seat.

All tires need to have holes drilled or cut at their lowest point to ensure good drainage. This will reduce the risk of mosquitos and their associated issues, such as malaria, etc. the sidewall is easier to cut than the tread for this purpose.

Forced movement equipment can also contain shear, tangle and other hazards. Please see our Safety Guidelines for further details.

 **IMPORTANT** Please see safety guidelines here for further details on the above safety points.

Refer to EN1176 for swing dimension requirements.




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