How to build a tire swing + 5 free plans for your inspiration

tire fighter swing

When I see a big tree in someone’s backyard, one of the first things that comes to mind is where to hang a rope or tire swing from a branch. The tire swing represents a simple feature that’s big on fun and low on difficulty to build. Unlike other DIY playset projects, you can probably bang something like this out in an afternoon without breaking a sweat. All you need are a few basic tools, and a decent tire swing setup.

Here are a few great examples for your inspiration:

How to build a tire swing for two – The folks at “Built by Kids” have come through as usual with a super solid plan for building a tire swing for two. It includes really detailed pictures of the kids wielding power tools and getting down to business.
building tire swing

How to build a tire swing – This set of instructions by Instructables shows how to make a tire swing with chains supporting it. Arguably not as fancy or good-looking as the above one by “Built by Kids” but functional nonetheless, and you could obviously customize it with your own tires, or plastisol coated chains/rope.
basic tire swing

Popular Mechanics has this wonderful article with a great explanation and graphics explaining how to build a tire swing. Again, this one uses chains instead of the more comfortable rope; although chains are probably capable of supporting more weight.
tire swing instructions

Bob Vila’s website has this plan, which is probably the simplest one we found surprisingly enough. I guess he’s worn out from all the woodwork he’s been doing over the past century. In this brief outline it seems like all you need is one rope, and one tire. Tie that rope around the tire, and around a tree branch…boom, your done!
rope tire swing

Here’s our favorite – The Squealing Tire posted this array of tire swing plans. Each one has a very unique and fun tire design, that’s sure to garner a lot more attention and use than your normal black rubber tire. The creativity here is amazing, and should help inspire you to take your design to the next level.
tire fighter swing

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