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Creative DIY Chair Tree Swing

Last Updated on July 18, 2022 by teamobn

DIY Chair Tree Swing
DIY Chair Tree Swing

Have you got an old chair that could do with a new life? Why not turn it into this DIY chair tree swing!

Rather than toss your old broken chairs, why not try giving them a makeover for your own or as a gift for your cute kids.

Many people toss out old broken chairs, but if you are feeling crafty and have some time to kill, why not try giving them a makeover? This is a great way to repurpose something to use around your home or a great way to give them a new life.

DIY Chair Tree Swing

The chair swing is a very popular summertime activity for kids of all ages. It is basically a swing made out of a chair with rope tied to the legs.

The swing is placed high up in a tree or other structure and the rope tied to a branch or sturdy part of the tree. The person sits on the chair and holds the rope with their hands.

Your kids can then swing back and forth as they please. Just make sure that the chair is able to support your weight so you don’t fall out and hurt yourself.

All you need to do is to attach some ropes to it and hang it on a tree with heavy-duty bolts and washers. Now isn’t this the easiest swing to make?

Start creating your Chair Tree Swing

Make sure that the chair can still support your weight. We need to ensure that the users are safe upon using the chair tree swing.

Basically, you will need to cut two ropes to thick vines also work but they have to be strong enough to hold your weight for your chair tree swing.

Then you need to tie the ropes/vines to the front legs of the chair and onto something else that can support your weight (e.g. a tree branch). You need to be able to learn at least a basic knot. The most popular knot you can use is the bowline knot.

A simple and secure knot, the Bowline is one of the most useful knots you can learn. It can be used to secure a line to a solid object, and is especially useful if you need to tie the object to something that moves.

The Bowline knot is easy to learn and can be tied using rope, cord, fishing line or other similar materials. This will make your chair tree swing safe for the users, especially it has backrest that the user can lean on while swinging.

You can paint the chairs if you want to make it look better.

Now, you can put on your child’s helmet and safety goggles and stand on the seat and pull the ropes/vines to start enjoying your chair tree swing!

The kids will surely love this… and so will kids at heart! Do you think this chair tree swing will be a good weekend past time project idea? If you do, start gathering all materials that you’ll be needing.

Ask your partner or kids to help you with this project, you will not only have a good swing to enjoy, but also a good family time together.


  • Old Chair
  • 3/8” Poly Rope
  • 2 pcs Eye Bolts
  • 4 Heavy Duty Washers
  • 2 Lock Washers
  • Spray Paint
  • Clear Coat
  • Ladder


  • Drill
  • Paintbrush

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Thanks to This DIY Life for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here

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