Are your kids still using that old swing set in your backyard or have they long outgrown it? After our major landscaping project, we’ve been spending more time outside enjoying our new backyard. But, this eyesore was blocking the view. It was time to make this a Swing Set for Grown Ups!
The landscape designer wanted us to remove the swing set. I thought we could still use it (or I was in denial that my children are growing up.) I decided to make it a swing set for grown ups (and tweens.) That way we can turn it back into a swing set one day when we have grandchildren (hopefully in the very distant future.)
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Here’s how you can convert your own swing set for the adults. Remove any slides and bright colorful objects (bright colors scream kid-friendly.) Most can be removed by taking out the bolts with a socket wrench.
Remove any swings, trapezes, or other hanging objects.
Replace the swings with two affordable chair hammocks using hammock swivel hardware kits. If you have a swing set that accommodates three swings, you can usually fit two hammock chairs (but measure your set before you order.) You shouldn’t need to drill new holes, just hang the hammocks on the existing swing hooks (assuming they are securely fastened.)
I purchased the Mocha colored hammock chairs to blend into the scenery, but there are several colors available. (affiliate link)
Plant some climbing flowering vines around the base of the swing set. I planted a Lady Banks climbing rose on one side of the swing set. It should offer some privacy and when it blooms and will be covered with delicate yellow flowers some day.
On the other side I planted a clematis that has pretty purple flowers.
When you finish you’ll be surprised by the native species that flock to the new spot. Look I spot two book-reading skinny legged tweens right now! You’ll also probably notice that the bird will love hanging out on the hammock stretchers.
Our grown up swing set is the new favorite spot for my boys to curl up with a good book and a bottle of lemonade.
They haven’t missed the slide or the swings at all!
I picked up the outdoor pillows at Lowe’s on clearance right now.
If you can’t find them at Lowe’s, I found some nice ones on Amazon that you might:
I think Pretty Handsome Guy and I are going to spend several evenings here with a glass of wine and some good conversation.
One note about the landscaping light fixtures you see in the photos. They are the NuTone Haven Backyard Lighting & Mosquito Repellent System. It’s a light and mosquito repellent in one pretty package!
I promised I’d give you a follow up on the Haven Backyard Lighting and Mosquito Repellant lights I installed two months ago. They have been working great all summer. The light output is perfect for our backyard and it makes our yard glow at night. When the weather wasn’t too hot we enjoyed the time without being bitten by mosquitoes.
It’s been two months and I just noticed that the green lights are flashing meaning that the repellant has run out. We haven’t noticed too many mosquitos, but we also have a service that sprays our yard monthly.
I looked up the replacement refills so I could purchase more, but frankly the cost was a bit high for my liking ($206 to purchase four refills.) If we only needed to repel mosquitoes in the backyard, it might be cost effective to run the Haven Backyard Lighting and Mosquito Repellent fixtures when we want bug-free time outside. But, our yard is more than 1/2 an acre. At that size, it’s more cost effective for us to have a monthly contract with a company that will spray our yard.
Hope you have a great time enjoying your grown up swing set! I know we are.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for NuTone. I was provided with the landscape lights and compensated for my time. I was not told what to write. All instructions and opinions are my own.