Swing Sets for Small Yards

Swing sets for small yards

Bring the playground swing set fun to your backyard!

Based on swing set size, features and capacity, we have reviewed the best swing sets for small yards in the market:

Outing Play and SwingSets with Wave Slide, Two Swings, Rock Climbing Wall, Ring/Trapeze Bar, Sandbox, Covered Play Fort and Climbing Rope, from Gorilla Playsets 

The first set we chose to look at was this one from Swing-n-Slide. What we initially liked about this model is that it’s the right size for most small yards. It’s reasonably wide but it isn’t so deep that it won’t be able to fit into almost all smaller yards. The second thing we quite liked about this swingset is that it’s very reasonably priced. For those who are on a tighter budget and have a small yard, this is an excellent option for you. While quite inexpensive that doesn’t mean that it won’t be a ton of fun for your kids either.

For those looking for something small, affordable, and having the ability to grow with your kids this is definitely the set you want to take a look at. It checks a lot of boxes, and while it may not be the fanciest set out there, it’s more than capable of getting the job done.

Outing Play and SwingSets with Wave Slide, Two Swings, Rock Climbing Wall, Ring/Trapeze Bar, Sandbox, Covered Play Fort and Climbing Rope, from Gorilla Playsets 
  • Recommended for children aged 3 to 11 years, the heavy-duty solid 4 x 4 wood framing and 4 x 6 swing beam allow the swing set to have a total weight capacity of 800 lbs.
  • Gorilla Playsets' cedar is naturally resists rot, decay, and insect damage
  • 3-stations provide space for the belt swings and trapeze bar, the stations can accommodate any standard size swing component to allow for multiple playset configurations
  • UV protected swing chains have a soft rubber grippy plastic coating that helps prevent pinches and keeps chains cooler on hot days
  • Meets and/or exceeds American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM) safety standards for residential use only

The second set we chose to look at was this one from the venerable Backyard Discovery. We’ve reviewed quite a few sets from this company and none of them have failed to disappoint us in any way. The sets may end up costing a little more than some of the other basic sets on the market, but their quality and construction always seem to set them apart in our eyes. This set, like all of the others they produce, has quite a few of the things your kids will be looking for a and a few tasty extras. In terms of space, the primary piece isn’t that large, but it’s probably on the larger side of smaller swing sets. It’s something to take stock of before purchasing.

This particular set comes with a few swings, a trapeze swing, a sandbox, a large slide, a rock climbing wall, and a ladder. There’s a lot of things to do here so the kids will be able to play for hours while you can simply stand by and watch them enjoy themselves. This set is also completely made of cedar which makes it a little less of an eyesore than a lot of other options. We realize that aesthetics aren’t probably the primary concern here, but it never hurts to have something that’s not a total mess in the yard.

If you have a few extra dollars to spend but still have limited space, this is a fine set coming in. It boasts enough to keep the kids entertained while not taking up too much space and not being an aesthetic disaster.

The last set we chose to take a look at is this fine number from Gorilla Playsets. In terms of its rank among the three sets, this one is definitely the biggest and baddest. This set certainly isn’t for those looking to find something on a budget. While this may seem like quite a bit of money for a playset, which it is, this one has pretty much everything you could ask for in what is actually quite an economically sized package.

Aesthetically speaking, this is made completely of cedar with a Timber Shield finish to save it from any and all of the elements, made completely with wood harvested from sustainable forests. Secondly, this set comes with a slide, a rock climbing wall, a small clubhouse area, rope ladder, picnic table, and many others.

It’s a fantastic set for kids as they’ll be able to kill days on end playing on such an elaborate set up. It has a small footprint and is quite aesthetically pleasing as well, which means that this set will work for all members of the family. Again, the price tag may cause a few double-takes, but you get quite a bit for the dollar with the guarantee that this set isn’t going to break down any time soon. It may not be in everyone’s budget, but if you can afford it this is certainly the set to go for.

Swing Sets for Adults

It’s fair to say that that in all the time we’ve been covering swing sets or jungle gyms, while these articles to pertain to adults in a few ways, they’re mostly targeted at making kids happy and keeping them busy. Parents benefit here in a few ways, the first being that the kids are in fact busy expelling their energy in a productive manner. The second is that a swing set that soaks up the kids’ time allows the parents to take a load off and perhaps enjoy a quiet moment in the yard, with a beverage if they so choose.

While these are important features of the swing set for kids, we thought it might be time to take a different look at things and see what’s out there that may benefit parents in a more direct way. Everyone likes to swing every now and then, but not always in a way that you’re reaching heights of ten feet. Because at a certain vintage these things can make the stomach a touch upset and make even the most even keel very uncomfortable.

So what does that leave us, you ask? Well, there are swings out there that are more adult-appropriate. Ones where you can glide easily and comfortably while still enjoying that coveted beverage we discussed. Not only does a nice swing help to while away the hours, but it can be a lovely addition to your yard; one that fits in with the décor while providing comfort and enjoyment.

We did leave one in for fun too, because no matter how old you get there are always times where you want to let the hair down a bit (provided you still have it) and remind yourself why kids seem to enjoy these things so damn much. With that said, let’s take a look at some of our favourite adult swing sets. There’s not going to be any wild rides here, but the enjoyment that comes from taking a seat after a long day is something that cannot be measured.

Best Tree Swing for Hanging Kit

We thought we would kick things off with this little beauty here. This is about as simple as it gets and it’s something that can be enjoyed by people of any age. The tree swing brings back memories of the old tire swing that someone had in their backyard at some point growing up. Simple, clean fun is something that never goes out of style. And while this may not look like much, it’s built to the proper specs to be able to hold adults and children.

If swinging wildly isn’t quite your thing, then this is a great piece to just sit in and enjoy the summer breeze. It’s actually quite comfortable and when set up properly will stay secure on almost any tree. It’s a simple tool that can only serve to help us recapture a piece of our childhood. Not only that, but kids do love swings like this as well, as they can get moving on them. It comes with all the pieces in the package so assembly should be a breeze as well. It can be put up in an hour’s time and be enjoyed almost immediately. While simple, we really appreciated the classic for of fun this swing brings with it.

Ainfox 3 Person Porch Swings

The next swing we chose to look at is this classic from Ainfox. This slows things down a bit from the last swing by being a comfortable and practical porch swing. If you’re looking for something to settle down in after a long day’s work, then this is right where you need to be. In terms of its practicality, this comes with heavy duty springs to ensure smooth gliding; a canopy to keep you covered should you enjoy sitting in the rain; and weather resistant polyester cushions that are not only comfortable but will keep the elements at bay.

What we came to appreciate about this particular swing is the attention to detail. Not only is it built to last, using heavy duty parts and materials, but the assembly wasn’t nearly as difficult as we had assumed. It may take a few hours over the course of a fine afternoon, but we can assure you that the reward that comes with finishing this is well worth the effort.

This swing isn’t going to be enjoyed by the kids as much as the previous model, but having something like this just for you is what makes it all worth it. A backyard swing like this is a great way to spend an evening with those close to you.

Hammock Backyard Patio Furniture

This patio swing, much like the last one, is built for those looking to slow things down at the end of the day. It comes with all the trappings of a typical backyard swing, including the always necessary canopy if the weather happens to go south. Where this swing differs from the previous model is in the quality and the price. Don’t get us wrong, this is no lemon, but it doesn’t quite boast the same specs as the previous model either. It’s not going to fall apart the first time you sit on it, which is quite important I suppose. This is also reflected in the price of the model, coming in at quite a few dollars less than the other.

At the end of the day, if you’re willing to compromise a touch on quality in order to save a few dollars than this is as fine a model as any. Aesthetically speaking, it looks quite similar as well. If you’re not looking for something that’s going to wow the neighbours and merely want a comfortable place to put your feet up at the end of the day, then look no further than this model.

Swingset Accessories

Swingsets are meant for fun. This is a well-established idea. Your basic setup is more than likely going to keep your kids occupied and happy for hours on end in the warmer months. We’ve gone through a number of our favorite swingsets and playsets and given our opinions on what we think is best for any and all ages.

But, you’re asking, how do I potentially add to the fun my kids are having? Or, perhaps your kids have become bored with the setup as it is and you need to inject a little life into your swingset. Well, today we’re here to discuss our favourite swingset accessories, and how to layer on the fun for your kids.

There are any number of accessories you can add to your swingset to up the fun, some of which are functional pieces for playing and some are more ornamental in nature. We thought it would be best to take a look those that are more functional than those that are not. As fun as the fake telescope can be, it’s an accessory that isn’t all that necessary and may become tired fairly quickly. That’s why we chose to go with three accessories that will enhance the level of fun as well as offer some functionality to the swingset.

As we usually do, the accessories we reviewed all come in at different price points and offer something different. Some may work better as a direct addition to your swingset and some may work better as something you can merely place beside your current set up. Whatever it may be, each of these offers some sort of tangible fun for your kid for a cost that won’t break the bank. With that in mind, here are our favourite swingset accessories and what each one brings to the table.

Swing-N-Slide Green Swing Seat

The first of the accessories we chose to take a look at was the simplest of additions. The simple green swing seat may not seem like the most exciting add to your current set up, but the humble swing can often be more fun than it looks. Should you have less swings than kids, it’s a fine idea to throw an extra one on your set so that everyone can enjoy the fruits of swinging at the same time. Kids want to do what other kids are doing, so being able to offer that to them may save you a lot of headaches in the future.

Swing-N-Slide Green Swing Seat

What we liked about this swing is that it provides simple, cheap, and clean entertainment. You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars to give your kids what they are looking for. This particular swing is also quite easy to set up, so those of us that aren’t that handy won’t need to struggle with putting it on the set. With a weight limit of over 100 lbs., it allows quite a few kids to be able to hop on without fear of breaking the thing.

At the end of the day, this is a simple and cheap way to get kids involved with and playing outside. If you have a current set up that could use a cheap and effective upgrade, then this is the answer for you.

Web Riderz Outdoor Swing N' Spin

The second outdoor swing we thought we would take a look at is this model from Web Riderz. What we like about this one is that you can really get a lot of people going on it at once. It’s a simple addition to any existing swing set as well, being a relative piece of cake to set up. What makes this one a little different than the other two is that with a weight capacity of up to 600 lbs. it’s much more of a group activity than the others. Whereas the first swing is a solo model and the third can hold two people, this one can hold as many as you can fit on it without worrying about it breaking down.

Built with a UV-resistant polyethylene rope and a powder-coated steel tube frame, you can rest assured that this won’t be falling apart when the kids decide to take it for a spin. Not only that, but it gives peace of mind knowing that your kids are safe while riding it.

Web Riderz Outdoor Swing N' Spin

This swing is great for those with big families or those who end up managing the hosting duties quite frequently. Should you need something that can keep a whole whack of kids entertained for hours, than this is the swing accessory you should be looking into.

Super Spinner Swing

The third swingset accessory we chose to look at is this spinner swing. This, like the previous swing, is a simple yet fun addition to any existing swingset or tree you may have in your yard. What we thought would make this a strong addition to an existing swingset is that being a spinning swing, it adds a different element that you may not have. Second, you can get a few kids on it at once, making sure everyone is having fun and getting to be a part of the action.

This is also an accessory that won’t break the bank either. These are the sorts of things that everyone can get on board with as they are an easy way to offer your kids more fun without having to really shell out for it. the materials are quite heavy duty and can hold over 200 lbs. This makes it possible for numerous kids ride it at once and a pretty easy way to keep everyone involved and having fun.

Should you be looking for something that is once again inexpensive, keeps the kids involved, and makes for hours of fun, then this is something that you want to be looking into.

Cheap Swing Sets

Swingsets are a blast for kids and something that everyone can get something out of. Often times, however, they can be quite expensive and price people out of the market. While we’re all bound to some sort of budget, some have a larger budget than others. With that idea in mind, we thought we would take a look at swingsets that are decidedly lower in price, allowing those will a smaller pocketbook to have the opportunity to see what’s out there.

With all three sets coming in at under $250, they will all provide, to varying degrees, exactly what something at least twice the cost would. Perhaps the package isn’t quite as attractive as something large and bombastic build entirely of cedar, but we’re going for substance over style here, with an eye on the wallet. Unlike their cedar counterparts, these sets are significantly easier to set up as well, ensuring that even the least handy of men and women can tackle one of these bad boys in an afternoon (perhaps even with a few cold ones on the go).

Each set has something a little different than the last, so you can make the choice as to what best suits your kids and your yard. None of these sets are overly large either, which means that if yard space is in fact an issue, it shouldn’t be a deal breaker with any of these sets. With all of that said, let’s take a look at our three favourite cheap swingsets and what they bring to the table. Like we said, they’re not going to be the sexiest sets on the market, but they will be more than enough for a relatively fair price.

Flexible Flyer "World Of Fun" Swing Set

The first set we chose to take a look at is the “World Of Fun” swingset from Flexible Flyer. Each of the sets we chose to review here are from Flexible Flyer, and there’s a good reason for that: they make fine swingsets of a high quality for a very very high price. This one is probably the best of the three here, providing kids with the most options. This swingset boasts quite a few amenities, including a seesaw, slide, trapeze-like swing, wave slide, as well as swings. All of these options promise to keep the kids busy for hours while the parents can while away a day in sun.

In terms of what parents may be looking for, this set is, like the others, under $250 and won’t take up too much room in the backyard. Its set up is quite simple as well, mainly consisting of fitting the pieces together properly. Another feature parents may like is that all the chains in the set come with a vinyl covering, which will help in avoiding any pinched skin or fingers; something that is all too common with most swingsets.

Flexible Flyer World Of Fun Swing Set

At the end of the day, this is the finest model of the three we’ll be covering today. It’s got everything the kids are looking for, and a few things to ease the burden on the parents who purchase it. All in all, a big win for everyone involved.

Flexible Flyer "Triple Fun" Swing Set

The second set we chose to look at, again from Flexible Flyer, is their “Triple Fun” swingset. While this one can’t boast of the amenities like the previous set, it has all the makings of a fun set that will provide the requisite trappings of a quality swingset. This particular model comes with three swings, a slide, and a seesaw. It’s a pretty basic model, but that’s reflected in the price, coming in at a shade over $150. This model certainly reflects the mantra that “you get what you pay for.” It doesn’t have it all, but it’s priced as such.

Flexible Flyer Triple Fun Swing Set

This is a fine swingset for those who may not have the space or budget to grab something larger and grander. That said, it will still keep the kids happy as clams. This particular model is quite well suited for the younger crowd too, as toddlers won’t be able to get themselves in too much trouble when playing on it. The slide and seesaw are quite close to the ground, which means that a tumble down shouldn’t do any real damage.

As we said, it’s not the finest set available, but for those with a strict budget it will be more than enough. Kids will appreciate the options and parents can rest assured that their kids are safe and that they didn’t have to break the bank to purchase it.

Flexible Flyer Play Park Swing Set w/ Slide, Swings, Air-Glider, & Lawn Swing

The third model we chose to look at falls somewhere in between the other two, in terms of price and amenities. Coming in at a little over $200, it’s quite reasonably priced and has a few more options for kids than the previous “Triple Fun” model we touched on. This particular set comes with swings, a slide, trapeze, and a two-person air glider. While providing plenty of options for the kids, this set also will grow with them. The swings are all height adjustable, which is a fine option for the growing clan and saves from having to purchase another set when the kids grow out of it.

Additionally, this set also comes with vinyl covered chains, so as to prevent pinched fingers. Like we said, this set falls in between the first two we discussed in terms of price and fun things for kids, which makes it a fine option. It’s not going to take up as much space as the first model either, so if that’s a concern you can rest easy purchasing this one. All of these sets come from a trusted manufacturer, which means you can’t go wrong with any of them. All are high quality, and each provide something a little different at a slightly different price point. Find which one works best for you and don’t hesitate to snap it up.

Final Thoughts

Not everyone has the space for a giant backyard swingset structure. Some of us live in the inner city and, while there may be a yard, it’s not nearly big enough to house any size of swingset. If you have a massive yard than it’s not much of a thought if the swingset will fit. For those with smaller yards, it takes a little more thought and foresight when purchasing something like this for your kids. Well today we thought we would try and help the person looking for help in this regard; to find something that will make their kids happy while being able to fit into a smaller yard. Each of these sets is a little different and comes in at a different price point. Two of them are of the newer variety where they’re built up a little higher while still offering a lot of the amenities of a larger set. The last one is a more traditional set that’s spread out wider but doesn’t have too large a footprint. We made sure to offer each set at a different price point ranging from quite high, for those who want something a little more luxurious, to something a little more Spartan but still more than satisfactory.

There should be something here for everyone. If you don’t come across anything that you think will work for your particular budget or yard, let us know in the comments section below and we will try to locate and point you in the right direction!

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