Swing set frame?

Montgomery, AL(Zone 8a)

Hi guys,

I know a lot of you are pretty innovative when it comes to using old things. I searched the forums and couldn't find anything, I was hoping you all could give me some ideas? My fiances GM died about a year ago and she has an old swing set frame that his mother doesn't want and she asked me if I did. I was thinking I could paint it (it's pretty beat up) and maybe use it for hanging plants? A hammock with vines? Or something? Any ideas? Pictures?

I wish I got a chance to snap a picture. It's older (really sturdy) and low. The top bar is maybe 5 feet? No swing. This is a picture I found on Google, it looks almost the same.

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Lisle, IL(Zone 5a)

This would make a great A frame for growing beans or cucumbers.

Virginia Beach, VA

I agree with froggymon. I had seen this with string or bamboo.


Newark, DE

I would say hanging plants is nice, so it the use for planting pole beans or other vine. You could also use it as a frame for an arbor like DavidofDeland did with ladders. Make it a gateway to your backyard, garden or wherever.

I like the idea of a hammock but if it is sturdy then hang a porch swing from it. This is my favorite idea and what I would do if I had othe frame like this and then set it under a tree for shade. Perfect on a hot summer day - especially if you don't have a porch on which to hang a swing.

Another idea that is totally different is to use it over a fire pit to hang cast iron cookware from and cook. Like this -


Of course, with a small motor you could hook up some gears and chain and make a spit big enough for the whole hog!!

Montgomery, AL(Zone 8a)

Thank you for all of the ideas. I have yet to get into any kind of veggies, that will be a while down the road. Not until I get everything landscaped and even iffy then. I don't know yet if they are for me.

Arbors and that type of thing are out as well. My HOA is pretty strict and wouldn't like it. We can't even have sheds that show above our fence line. The grape arbor that my fiance is building is going to have to be kind of hid and not viewable from the street. I'm only making it a smidge higher than the fence line and towards the side so that it is more out of sight.

LTP, that is more where I was going. I had thought about a swing but haven't seen any nice affordable nice ones. However, maybe I can suck up the cost and just do it. I don't have any trees that provide shade but maybe I could put it under the arbor, or find some type of shade I could hook to the top of it? I was just curious if anyone had seen these repurposed and if they could look nice. I'll post a picture I guess when I decide what to do with it. Thanks again!

I forgot to add that imagining a large pig roasting on it had me laughing pretty heartily.

This message was edited Mar 26, 2013 9:13 AM

Lisle, IL(Zone 5a)

And this is why I would never live in an HOA.

Montgomery, AL(Zone 8a)

Agreed Frogy, it is occasionally a headache. They have their perks and their drawbacks. So far I haven't had any really big issues with them (we'll see about that when it comes time for renovation and I have to ask their permission).

Newark, DE

Oh I agree with Frogy too - no HOA for me. The gooberment has enough rules and regs I don't want to sign up for more. LOL

Yep Gnome that was my intention to make you laugh but hey, I must admit I have built a large spit from car parts that worked quite well. So it's really a "near fetched" idea.

Here is a link to an idea for your shade -


You can just search 'covered swing' and see lots of ideas - this one seems easy enough to make though.

Keep us updated!


DeLand, FL(Zone 9b)

My world is so NOT hoa. ( notice I put hoa in not capitol letters) However its beautiful to me and many others!

Virginia Beach, VA

What is HOA?? .

KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

Home Owners Association. They regulate what you can and can't do in your subdivision. Sometimes the rules are pretty lax and other times they are so extreme it's ridiculous.


central, NJ(Zone 6b)

My first thought was peas or beans too.
that would make me crazy living by their rules, bad enough there are township/county and state rules

Will they even let you put an old swing set frame like that in your yard?

You can make it a bird feeding station(are you allowed to feed the birds?)

small town, MN(Zone 4b)

We used our old swing set after my DH removed stuff to make it look like yours as a bird feeding station. We hung different types of feeders on it the birds loved it until it finally rusted out.

This message was edited Apr 27, 2013 9:14 AM

Montgomery, AL(Zone 8a)

Thanks for the ideas! I think I'm going to go take another look at it and decide then. She has some irises that I'm going to go dig up and take a few so I'll give it a thorough looksee when I'm there. I'm now unsure whether or not I want to put it in my yard. I don't want to take something that I won't use. If anything, I am leaning more towards a plant stand, I just don't want to waste a lot of room with it. But if I paint it, it could look pretty, right?

@Ajen. I have a privacy fence so it wouldn't be an issue. I can feed birds as well, I've only just started that this past summer. I can't believe I wasn't into it for the longest time, go figure! :D I even have a pretty big naked lady in my front yard with only her goodies covered and no one has ever said anything, lol.

@LTP my fiance informed me that he bought a swing for my grape arbor. I'm stoked! I thought some chairs were going to go under it. http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Royal-Tahiti-Yellow-Balau-Hardwood-Curved-back-Three-seater-Swing/5072912/product.html

DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL(Zone 8b)

HOA..hoa's.....just another way to control your life. That's why I live wayyyyyyyyyyy out in the country.
To the post at hand...great for hanging plants...and you can move it as necessary through out the year depending on sun requirements. And you can cover it.....win win.

Decatur, GA

I would grow gourds on it.

Paxton, FL(Zone 8a)

Hey WG, I use an old swing frame to hang my very large orchid cactus on. They have such long sprawling, arching leaves (?) that are not easy to hang just anywhere. Oh! What would be neat is to hang a group of plants at different levels. You could get a lot on there that way. If you could get a clematis or something to run on it and have plants hanging too, that would be awesome! But don't use a super invasive like honeysuckle, unless you just want to. Well, another thought is to get your fiance (sorry, bad memory for names) to add something to the top rail (metal, wood, wire) that will create a wider area for a vine to cover (be sure to plant both sides) and put a bench or swing under it. In that case, you might want a strong vine like honeysuckle or confederate jasmine, but look out all around it.

Montgomery, AL(Zone 8a)

Confederate jasmine isn't invasive, right? I also just bought some fragrant cloud honeysuckle. Can you not watch it and tend to it or is it still an issue?

Thanks for the ideas though!

This message was edited May 1, 2013 4:26 PM

Paxton, FL(Zone 8a)

Confederate jasmine is not highly invasive like wisteria or honeysuckle, but over time it will spread. But as long as you watch and destroy anything out of place any of them will work fine. I would think the honeysuckle or confederate jasmine would be your best choice.

Montgomery, AL(Zone 8a)

I've decided to get it. I think I'm going to try to incorporate a couple of ideas (plant stand, vine arbor, bird feeders) and see what I come up with. If worse comes to worse I can just remove it with no harm done. But I think at least I'll give it a shot. :)

Paxton, FL(Zone 8a)

Go girl! It's a shame to ignore the potential of something that can become garden art. I have a lot of things laying around here with potential. One day.

Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL(Zone 7b)

Hey found a couple of pictures for your fence. These you can make.

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(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Elfie, those are so CUTE!!! hummmm... wonder where I can get some old ceiling fans to take apart??

Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL(Zone 7b)

I know of a junk shop near me that sells them for$3.00 a bundle. I thought I might get some and try this.

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

WOW! What a great idea. Those truly are one of the cutest ideas I've seen a long while.

(Pegi) Norwalk, CA(Zone 10b)

I'm all for a porch swing on that frame, All the other ideas are great, and I love those "bugs" with ceiling fan wings. Have too many things on my to do list that I'll never get done. Just wish my imagination worked!!

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