The 9 Best Swing Sets for Small Yards

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You need a space for kiddos to burn off their energy, but you don’t have the acreage to commit to purchasing an over-sized, multi-story playground. Having a swing set helps keep them off the screens, and can help them organize their day and process upcoming activities — which is especially helpful for children with ADHD, Autism, or other issues with overstimulation and focus. Fit one of these small swing sets into nearly any sized yard, and remember if you’ve got big kids — or enthusiastic swingers — to anchor it down appropriately.

What You Should Know

  • Round swings can hold multiple children
  • Perfect for reading or napping
  • Holds up to 200 pounds

Swing one child or two with this cozy round “ufo”-style swing. A comfortable place for children to rest and relax, the lack of confining straps means fidgety kids can wiggle and move, or drape a blanket over the swing and have a cozy reading nook or place to nap.

Review Highlights

“Bought this for my grandchildren and of all the outdoor toys this is by far their favorite! It is used every day. You do need to buy some good anchors to hold it down”

What You Should Know

  • Prevents damage to trees
  • Easy to install
  • Accepts different swing models; grows with your child

If you’re short on space but have a sturdy shade tree, use these strap attachments to safely hang a swing, without damaging the tree limbs. Carabiner clips make it easy to swap out a baby swing for a larger model, or to incorporate other hanging toys, like bars or rings later as children grow.

Review Highlights

“We are using them to hang a baby/toddler swing from our porch so we wanted to make sure we were using good quality straps and they are exactly what we needed. It’s also nice that they are easily move able so we can use them for other items in the future.”

What You Should Know

  • 9′ 4” H x 13′ 6” W x 10′ 6” D
  • Weighs 178 pounds
  • 400-pound capacity 

Two swings and a trapeze bar with ring handles make this multi-child swing set entertaining for a crowd without converting your entire yard into the neighborhood playground. Sturdy enough to hold older children, reviewers love that this set is larger and seems more durable than many other swing frames on the market.

Review Highlights 

“Love that this swing set is very heavy, doesn’t look like an eyesore, it’s taller than most residential sets so adults and older children can enjoy and was fairly easy to assemble. This is an industrial quality swingset”

What You Should Know

  • Installs in most door frames
  • Support bar, hardware, and swing included
  • Hammock-like, comfortable for kids with texture issues

If your backyard verges on nonexistent, you may want to consider an indoor swing as an option. This doorway braced therapy swing holds up to 200 pounds and installs in door frames between 26 and 36 inches wide, with just a 2 1/4-inch wide flat space on each side; with a compatible frame it won’t even prevent the door from being closed. It’s a great choice for families who need a calm-down space and can’t let extreme weather outside stop them from swinging.

Review Highlights

“The swing is a net style rope swing that we hung in a doorway. The bar that supports it is much sturdier than we expected. My autistic son uses the swing frequently. It has been a wonderful calming tool to have inside our house.”

What You Should Know

  • Inexpensive
  • Small profile 
  • 65” x 89.5” x 74”

Small and inexpensive, especially for a dual swing set with a slide included, this set is a great choice for grandparents who want to offer more outdoor activities for visiting kiddos, without dropping big bucks on a gigantic play place. PVC chain covers prevent little fingers from getting pinched, this holds up to 300 pounds, so several children can play together.

Review Highlights

“This was the best summer purchase made for my kids!!! We have a very small yard and this fits perfect without taking over the entire space!”

What You Should Know

  • Weighs only 52 pounds
  • Four-point chain attachments reduce tipping
  • Approx 5′ 12” H x 7′ 4” W x 5′ 9′ 12″D 

Set this round swing up in a shady spot and you’ll always know where to find your little ones. Two kids can swing comfortably together, and with the four-point attachment even rowdy swingers will stay upright. Wayfair purchases include a point of sale quote on installations, so you can decide beforehand whether you’d like to put it together yourself or not.

Review Highlights

“Looks just like the picture. We got it for our granddaughter who loves it. Her parents put it together in no time and like the fact that it holds enough weight that they can swing with her or she can share with other children easily.”

What You Should Know

  • Dimensions: 96L x 92W x 84H 
  • Solid wood beams and supports with powder coated metal joints
  • Each swing will hold up to 115 pounds

For traditionalists looking for a particular aesthetic, there’s nothing that matches a wooden swing set. Touted as more durable and weather-resistant than metal swing sets, this is just right for siblings; pop in a baby or toddler bucket swing and you can even push two kids at the same time.

Review Highlights

“This swing is fairly easy to build with step by step detailed instructions. My 3-year-old son loves it. It’s sturdy and seems like it will last.”

What You Should Know

  • For indoor or outdoor use
  • 59″ high 27.5″ diameter
  • 170-pound capacity

Hide away from the world in a pod swing! Available in a wide range of colors, this indoor/outdoor swing comfortably hangs from exposed beams or railings, or if necessary can be ceiling bolted with the right hardware. They’re super affordable, so you can easily pick up one for each child’s room, or one for indoor mounting and one to hang outside over a tree limb.

Review Highlights

“We are so happy with our podswing! We will be purchasing two more for our other children because they all fight over it. The fabric is so cute and durable.”

What You Should Know

  • From 6 months and up
  • Four stages — Grows with your child
  • Stage 2 Dimensions — 62¼”W x 59¼”L x 6’H

You’ll save time and money getting a grow-along swing set from the start. This four-stage model holds kiddos from 6 months and up, from bucket baby seats to big kid designs. The frame converts from a short, braced design to a taller four-pole to accommodate those longer legs and kiddos learning to push themselves.

Review Highlights

“Love it! I have 3 grandchildren under 5 and this accommodates them all!”


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