Outdoor Living Spaces

How to Build a Modern A-Frame Swing Set

Add a modern, sculptural flair to your yard with an A-frame swing set that's sleek and stylish.

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Materials Needed:

  • marking spray paint
  • posthole digger
  • exterior wood screws
  • (2) 4x4x10 pressure-treated posts
  • (2) 2x4s
  • (60) 1x4s
  • (2) post brackets
  • (2) steel L-brackets
  • 6x6x12 pressure-treated post
  • 2x6
  • (12) 2-1/2" eyehooks
  • (12) carabiners
  • (4) 50-lb. bags of concrete
  • level
  • table saw
  • drill
  • mixing tub or 5-gallon bucket
  • 1" drill bit
  • 7" eyehooks
  • fender washers
  • lock washers
  • nuts
  • HVLP paint sprayer
  • exterior primer and paint
  • measuring tape

Determine Location and Dig Postholes

Choosing the proper location plays a major role in successfully building a swing set. It's best to find a flat, level area which is slightly shaded and within view from the home's main living areas. Once location has been decided, use a measuring tape and spray paint to mark a 12-foot span onto the ground (Image 1). Referring to spray-painted markings, dig two 3-foot-deep postholes, one at each end, using a posthole digger (Image 2).

Create Frame

With the help of a friend, attach a 4x4x10 post to each end of a 6x6x12 post using post brackets (Image 1). This will create an upside down "U" shape. Next, screw heavy-duty steel L-brackets into each corner, securing them at a 90-degree angle (Image 2).

Place Frame in Holes Then Level and Secure Them

With the help of a friend, place each of the 4x4 posts into the holes (Image 1). Hold level up against each of the 4x4 posts to ensure they are perfectly level. Create temporary bracing to keep posts level by attaching a 2x4 to the 4x4 using wood screws, with the opposite end of the 2x4 resting on the ground (Image 2). When leveling the 4x4 side posts, be sure to level the top 6x6 beam as well.

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