Making your own bamboo garden swing is perfectly possible with the right materials. Of course, you need strong bamboo poles that can stand up to the weight of children playing. There is only one type of bamboo suitable for this kind of construction: Guadua Bamboo.
Important! We have built and tested this swing ourselves, if you are going to build it you are responsible for any damage or injuries. Because we do not (yet) have the required certification and quality marks, we cannot yet sell the swing as a ready-made kit.
Having said that, a bamboo swing made from Guadua is of course rock solid. Tie off the joints with manila rope and you have a swing that stands like a house.
3 Different options
The bamboo swing can be built in 3 different configurations as shown in the illustrations below:
Single swing (2 metres wide)
Double swing (3 metres wide)
Single swing with climbing rope (3 metres wide)
* Never build the swing wider than 3 metres!
To build a bamboo swing you need the following tools:
Bamboo drill 10 mm
2 Spanners size 17
The materials and quantities required to build a bamboo swing vary depending on the swing you are going to build, but the following are always needed (see illustration for exact numbers):
A) Guadua bamboo poles Ø 9-11 x 300 cm
B) Guadua bamboo poles Ø 9-11 x 200 cm
C) Guadua bamboo poles Ø 7-9 x 100 cm
D) Swing hooks
E) Ground anchors
F) Swing Board
G) Climbing rope (optional)
H) Turnbuckles M10
I) Hex bolts M10 x 250 mm
J) Washers M10
K) Hex nuts M10
L) Screws 4 x 35 mm
For two Ø 9-11 x 300 cm Guadua bamboo poles, measure a distance of 42 cm and mark this distance with a pencil.
Drill a 10 mm hole through the entire bamboo pole at the location of the mark.
Connect both bamboo poles with a threaded rod M10 and secure with washers and nuts.
Slide the fixed bamboo poles slightly apart and measure 75 cm from the other side. Drill a 10 mm hole in each bamboo pole.
Now take the Guadua bamboo poles Ø 9-11 x 200 cm and measure 25 cm from each side. Again drill 10 mm holes through the entire bamboo pole.
Attach the Ø 9-11 x 200 cm Guadua bamboo poles to the Ø 9-11 x 300 cm Guadua bamboo poles using M10 x 250 mm bolts, washers and nuts.
For the Ø 9-11 Guadua upper beam, measure 16 cm from each side and drill 10 mm holes through the entire post. The length of the bamboo upper beam is 200 or 300 cm, depending on which swing you are going to build.
Attach the swing hooks to the Guadua bamboo upper beam.
Attach the bamboo upper beam to the A frames you made earlier with M10 x 250 mm bolts, washers and nuts.
Attach the Ø 7-9 x 100 cm bamboo struts in the corners of the swing construction with M10 bolts, washers and nuts.
Screw the swing hooks into the bamboo upper beam.
Choose a spacious spot in your garden so that the swing has enough room to move back and forth. Then screw a ground anchor into the ground at the end of each bamboo pole and secure it to the bamboo pole with M10 bolts, washers and nuts.
Carefully test the stability of the bamboo swing and finish all joints with manilla rope for extra strength.
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