How to Build a Bamboo Swing Set
Building your own bamboo swing for the garden is perfectly possible with the right materials. Of course you need strong bamboo poles that can take a beating so that they can easily bear the weight of children playing. Only one type of bamboo is suitable for this type of construction: Guadua Bamboo.
Important! We have built and tested this bamboo swing ourself, if you are going to rebuild it, you are liable for any damage or injury. We do not have the required certification (yet) , therefore we currently cannot sell the swing as a prefab kit.
That being said, a bamboo swing made from Guadua is naturally very strong. Tie the connections off with manila rope and you have a swing that is rock solid.
3 Different Options
The bamboo swing can be built in 3 different configurations as shown in the illustrations below:
- Single swing (2 meters wide)
- Double swing (3 meters wide)
- Single swing with climbing rope (3 meters wide)
* Never build the swing wider than 3 meters!
To build a bamboo swing you will need the following tools:
- Tape measure
- Bamboo drill bit 10 mm
- 2 Spanners size 17
- Cordless drill
The materials and numbers required for building a bamboo swing vary depending on the swing you are going to build, but you will always need the following materials (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) Threaded rods 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 marking.
Connect both bamboo poles by means of a threaded rod M10 and secure it with washers and nuts.
Slide the secured bamboo posts slightly apart and measure 75 cm from the other side. Drill a 10mm hole through the entire post in each bamboo pole.
Now take the Guadua bamboo poles Ø 9-11 x 200 cm and measure 25 cm from each side. 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 top beam is 200 or 300 cm, depending on which swing you are going to build.
Attach the swing hooks to the Guadua bamboo top beam.
Attach the bamboo top beam to the A frames you made earlier with M10 x 250 mm bolts, washers and nuts.
Fix the Ø 7-9 x 100 cm bamboo braces 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 space to move back and forth. Then screw a ground anchor into the ground at the end of each bamboo upright and attach it to the bamboo upright with M10 bolts, washers and nuts.
Carefully test the stability of the bamboo swing and finish all connections with manilla rope for extra strength.