5 things to check when shopping for a swing

A playground classic, swings have been a permanent fixture in public outdoor spaces for decades and they are one of the most recognisable, well-loved play units among the general public.

The movement of swinging is indeed an enjoyable experience both for children and parents: it promotes laughter and happiness, beneficial to both physical and mental health; it encourages parent-child interaction during play, making it a positive bonding experience. A number of experts also agree on the positive impact it has on children’s physical and mental development, from improved body awareness to a sense of happiness and belonging.
Swings can be seen as a simple piece, however they need to tick a lot of boxes, from play value to safety requirements. Here are 5 criteria to take into account before shopping for a swing:

 

Dimensions

When shopping for a swing, look for the free fall height and the falling space area, which are indicated under “space required” on our product pages. The free fall height is the usual point from which the user can fall; the falling space area is the safety zone surrounding the equipment that needs to be clear from any obstruction. By determining the total space needed and the amount of surfacing required, these dimensions will affect the overall cost of the installation. For example, the higher the fall height is, the thicker the surfacing needs to be to absorb impacts in case of a fall. A tall and wide swing frame will also require a larger safety area to avoid collision with users using another piece of equipment.

  • 2.4m Olympic 2012 Swing  1 Seat Frame
    Modular Design
    2.4m Olympic 2012 Swing 1 Seat Frame
    ID: SWO241(001)
    Please Note: Prices do not include seats Whilst playing equipment …
    £1,095.00
  • Gelia Basket Swing
    For small spaces
    Gelia Basket Swing
    ID: PD7100-43
    The Gelia swing encourages social interaction and provides exhilirating fun. …
    £2,426.00
 

Type of seat

The choice of seat depends on the desired age group and the number of users playing at a given time. A seat for very young children or those with low core stability will require extra back support to ensure they are perfectly safe when playing. For older children who crave for social interaction, basket swings are the go-to products as they can accommodate a larger number of users and offer optimal cost per user. * Basket swings also enable users of differing abilities to play together as children with disabilities can sit comfortably and enjoy the ride with their able-bodied friends or carers.

*We’ve put together a concise guide on cost per user to help you buy the right equipment for your scheme:Achieving best value in play space design

  • Tango Seat with 8mm Galvanised Chains, 2.4m high
    Multi-Generational Swing
    Tango Seat with 8mm Galvanised Chains, 2.4m high
    ID: 89301050
    Suitable for children aged 1-5 together with their older supervisor, …
    £430.00
  • Rinda Swing Seat
    For Toddlers
    Rinda Swing Seat
    ID: H8001004
    The Rida Swing seat is a great fit for toddlers …
    £220.00
  • Mirage Seat
    Additional Back Support
    Mirage Seat
    ID: 88020801
    Welcome to the swings, one and all. Mirage Seat is …
    £420.00
  • Stratus Group Swing with basket seat
    Group Swing
    Stratus Group Swing with basket seat
    ID: H8000758
    The Stratus Group Swings are a popular piece of equipment …
    £4,127.00
 

 

Material

The type of material plays a big role in the decision-making process as it will vary according to the aesthetic you are trying to achieve or your maintenance requirements. Architects or green spaces officers who wish to create play areas with a natural feel tend to favour timber swings as they will blend harmoniously into a rural setting. On the other hand, those looking for modern-looking, bold designs echoing the urban architecture will love the contemporary look of our steel swings. Steel is also easier to maintain and will be more durable to vandalism, so it is best suited to challenging urban areas.

  • Viper
    Stylish Steel
    Viper
    ID: DSVIP(001)
    Viper has it all, a giant in-line rope swing that …
    £4,985.00
  • Gelia Basket Swing
    Natural Timber
    Gelia Basket Swing
    ID: PD7100-43
    The Gelia swing encourages social interaction and provides exhilirating fun. …
    £2,426.00
 

 

Safety features

Our Olympic swings feature 'anti-wrap' bearings on the cross beam to prevent the swing seats and chains becoming wrapped around themselves, making the swings unusable. The Stratus designs include an extra chain to provide additional support.

 

Location

As for any piece of moving play equipment, general safety requirements must be followed when installing a swing. The positioning of the frame should minimise the risk of collision by being at a safe distance from other play units and away from paths and gates. Also make sure there is no landscape element in the immediate vicinity of the swing; shrubs, trees or boulders can be potential hazards if children happen to fall from the swing or run around it carelessly.

 

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