we live in Minnesota --- it's too cold for the playground for 5-6 months of the year. I was talking to dh about an indoor swing, putting swing hangers into a wooden beam (doorway) and attaching a swing. has anyone done this? has it worked for you? our dds are small, about 30 lbs. dh is concerned about the weight on the beam. my opinion is that it wouldn't be a problem since our kids are so light. what do you think?
Mama to dd born 7/2005, dd born 12/2007 and dd born 11/2009.
no, but I recently saw one in a catalog (one step ahead or right start, maybe?) and thought they looked so cool. I can't justify it here, though, b/c the kids have a swingset outside and it doesn't get that cold.
WE do! DD had a ton of sensory issues when she was younger so we needed an indoor gym as well as outdoor stuff to do.
I had installed a heavy piece of wood with 2 loop hooks for use during labor as a kind of sling think to hang on. Didnt end up using it for labor but it works great for a swing. I bought a super cheap piece of stretchy fabric and tie it to the loops. DD and DS both love to swing, twirl, and bounce in and on it. She can even lay in it like a hammock.
DD is 5 and 45 lbs and is still using it fine. Because it is in a doorway the frame is strong and it was able to hold my big pregnant self leaning on it.
Really, a swing has been the single most used piece of indoor gear we own. Ds is now closing in on 35 lbs and we'll upgrade our swing when he gets too big. We also like to have rings for him to hang from. Some friends have a higher ceiling and have a trapeze which is awesome. I can't say how good the indoor swing has been for us.
Oh, and if 30 extra lbs is going to be a problem for your beam, you are probably looking at some pretty severe structural problems... 30 lbs should be no problem. The beams in our last house could easily hold my husband (180?), no flexing. In this house we don't have any open beams (although dh plans to put up one to facilitate swing/rings stuff) so we installed a chin up bar in a doorway (250 lb capacity or something) and hung the swing on that.
This year, we turned our front porch into an "outdoor play area". We put up their swings from their swingset, and trapeze bar, and also put other "physuical" activity stuff, like their climber, rocking horse, etc out there.
Here is a quick pic I just went and snapped..and of course ds followed me out there, LOL!!! The middle swing isn't uneven, lol, it's just that ds had hit it and it swung over and back...lol..
We also have an indoor swing. We started with a little tykes plastic toddler swing when ds was 2 and then eventually got a wooden platform swing. Last year we go the IKEA rope ladder and pull up rings. We interchange them with the swing from time to time. From time to time we put a gym mat underneath but have had nothing but the best of times with it for the last six years. DS is 8 and about 56 pounds now. Definitely one of our best decisions...
You could also purchase the individual replacement swing seats from a couple places online, I have seen just the swing seats at walmart as well. If you purchase large hooks from a home store you could use those in larger beams to support it.