11 Free Swing Set Plans

Illustration of swing set

The Spruce / Colleen Tighe

These free swing set plans will give you everything you need to build your children or grandchildren a swing set that they'll have fun playing on for years to come. Since you're building it yourself, you can control the cost and quality, making it likely to last for generations.

These are full plans for building a swing set so they include building instructions, color photos, diagrams, materials and supplies lists, and sometimes even videos and user tips.

The swing set plans below vary in skill level and lumber cost. Check each plan carefully to make sure that it's right for your yard and skill level before getting started. A simple swing set will only take a weekend to build and will be fairly gentle on the budget.

After you've taken a look at these free swing set plans, check out free plans for playhouses and treehouses. The kids will love them!

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    Basic Wooden Swing Set Plan From HGTV

    A basic wooden swing set

    Here's a plan for a classic swing set that includes a simple wooden frame and enough room for two swings.

    This free swing set plan includes a list of materials you'll need and step-by-step building directions with plenty of color photos.

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    Free Swing Set Plan From Popular Mechanics

    Two children playing on a wooden swing set
    Popular Mechanics / Aaaron Wojack

    Popular Mechanics has a free swing set plan that is built partially form a kit with certain aspects like the frame and attached fort built from purchased lumber. Using a kit can be a great shortcut and ensures that you get the swing set done in a weekend.

    The free plan includes a materials list, building instructions, and lots of color photos.

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    Swing Set Plan From View Along the Way

    A wooden DIY playground
    View Along the Way

    This couple set out to make a play set for their kids based on a popular style you can buy for thousands at the store.

    Their blogs takes you through each part of building the play set including full plans for an attached swing set. There are diagrams, photos, and more to help you along the way.

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    Tree Swing Plan From Mother Earth News

    Young girl on wooden swing
    Katrina Wittkamp / Getty Images

    If building a swing set sounds like too much of a project, consider building an old-fashioned tree swing.

    This free plan from Mother Earth News will step you through how to build one with written directions and diagrams.

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    Ana White's Free Swing Set Plan

    A playhouse with an attached swing set
    Ana White

    Here's a free swing set plan that's meant to be attached to an existing playhouse but would be easy to modify for a stand alone swing set.

    The free swing set plans includes a materials and tools list, diagrams, and step-by-step directions.

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    DIY Clubhouse Play Set From RYOBI Nation

    A club house with an attached swing set
    RYOBI Nation

     This free swing set plan will build you a clubhouse with swings, slide, climbing wall, and a play area. The plans make it easy to customize if you want to make any changes.

    All steps and blueprints are available as a downloadable PDF file.

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    Freestanding Swing Set Plan From All Thumbs DIY

    A wooden swing set with a playhouse and slide
    All Thumbs DIY

    Here's a 3-part swing set plan that goes into lots of details on how to build this freestanding swing set and make it safe and look great for the kids.

    This set is built from all pressured treated wood and is done for under $500. You'll find photos, diagrams, tools, and cutting list as well as written instructions.

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    Homemade Swing Set Plan From Mother Earth News

    A diagram of a wooden swing set plan
    Mother Earth News

    Build the kids a homemade backyard swing set with these free plans from Mother Earth News.

    Part of the free plan includes diagrams, photos, materials list, and written directions.

    Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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    Modern A-Frame Swing Set Plan From HGTV

    A modern a-frame swing set

    Here's a plan for a swing set that will make quite a statement in your backyard with it's A-frame shape.

    A materials list, written directions, finishing directions, and color photos are all included in this free swing set plan from HGTV.

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    DIY Network's Free Swing Set and Climbing Wall

    A single swing set with a climbing wall
    DIY Network

    DIY Network has designed this swing set that has a single swing but also a climbing wall and a secret fort off to one side. 

    This A-frame swing set is for a more advanced woodworking and will take about two days from start to finish.

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    Homemade Playset From Instructables

    homemade playset

    Over at Instructables, you can find a homemade playset plan that includes two swings, a slide, and some elevated areas to play on.

    From planning to adding the finishing touches, this homemade playset plan will walk you through the building process.