How to Build a Swing Set for the Playhouse!

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 05/14/2019 - 19:50
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A swing set plan add on that extends from our playhouse! This swing set can also be used freestanding, without a playhouse.

swing set on playhouse



Reader submitted photos by  COLBY032  and MATTSL

This playhouse plan is part of a series of plans:

Swing Set hardware pieces as pictured below -

swing set hardware

dimensions of the swingset
140 1/2" x 110 1/2" Approximate. Dimensions and composition are shown above. In addition, the truss legs are made of 4×4 posts. Composition is preferably an outdoor appropriate wood or wood painted with an exterior paint and properly maintained.


Shopping List
  • 2 – 12′ 4×4 Posts
  • 1 – 12′ 4×6 Post
  • 1 – 8′ 4×6 Post
  • 2 – 8′ 2×4
  • 16 7″ Bolts, washers and Nuts
  • 1 – 4×6 rafter post hangers
  • 2 – 4×4 post cap/bases
  • Eye bolts
Cut List
  • 2 – 4×4 Posts @ 127 3/4″ (Legs)
  • 2 – 2×4 @ 18″ (Top Supports)
  • 2 – 2×4 @ 78″ (Bottom Supports)
  • 1 – 4×6 Post @ 12′ (Swing Header)
  • 1 – 4×6 Post @ 8′ (Porch Header)
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

You will need to find a large area that is level and flat. Make sure you predrill all bolt holes with a bit sized for the bolt. Tighten each bolt with a wrench and periodically check for tightness with use. Check for square and level with each step. Be safe and have fun.


Step 1

LEGS Cut the 4×4 posts as shown above. Lay out on a flat and level surface.

Step 2

TOP SUPPORTS Use bolts to attach the top supports as shown above to the legs. You will need to drill a hole the size of the bolt shaft first and then insert your bolt.

Step 3

BOTTOM SUPPORTS Attach the bottom supports as shown above.

Step 4

ASSEMBLY Assemble the swing set as shown above. Use lag screws or bolts to attach the brackets. The swing set does not have to be mounted to the center of the front porch. Make sure the header is level and if needed, dig with the shovel under the legs until the swing set header is level.

Step 5

If you feel the swing set needs it, add cross bracing from the top board into the angled legs.


Jeanne (not verified)

Tue, 07/20/2010 - 16:51

This is the coolest web site EVER! I have wanted so long to learn to work with wood, but have never dared to try. I must say you have just the stuff I want to try and I am sooo inspired to actually do something about it!
We have a store near our home that sells some Pottery Barn stuff and when I saw it in person I wasn't super in love with it. I just thought, well, maybe it isn't as good as I thought, but I love the shapes and styles and functional-ness of the stuff the have. I always tell myself, I bet I could make something like that... if I knew what tools to get. I am going to enjoy looking around here!

jackie (not verified)

Mon, 08/02/2010 - 19:17

We're attempting the playhouse with swings this week. I'm surprised the posts are not in this ok? Common with most of kits on the market?

Chris Harris (not verified)

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 06:07

Thank you so much for being so helpful, i am truly impressed with the favor you have done to many out there.Wood swing sets

Christine (not verified)

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 08:37

Hi, we are going to build this swingset this weekend in conjunction with a deck and playhouse, but I looked for the saddle brackets today and could not find them in the blue store. Do they go by any other name? The link with the picture is also broken so I could search by sight. Thank you so much for posting so many great plans! Thanks!

Christine (not verified)

Thu, 06/23/2011 - 10:46

Well, FYI, I did finally find the brackets at my store - no thanks to the employees or anything. They are labeled "saddle hangers" at my store and they are not on display. I had to pick up one of each hanger/bracket piece, examine it and say "if only this was big enough to accommodate a 4x it would be perfect." Then I accidently picked up the correct bracket, and propmtly noticed its "saddle hanger" label. Fun Fun. Better luck to someone else with the same problem!

dutchMom (not verified)

Wed, 04/25/2012 - 16:43

I had the same problem... I couldn't find them nor did anyone know what I was talking about!

regina (not verified)

Thu, 08/04/2011 - 10:52

parabens, adorei este site, ele faz agente abrir a mente para resiclar madeira que esta sem uso no fundo do quintal.

ViperSBT (not verified)

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 06:10

Well, I am having no luck on the Saddle Brackets/Hangers or the Rafter Post Hangers... Can anyone direct me to an online store that might have these items? I have everything ready to go up, except these and I would really like to get this project finished before it gets too cold... Also, any recommendations on spacing of the swings?

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