Have you noticed that your kids haven’t been playing on the swing set they were so excited to have when you put it up a few years ago? Like it or not, there’s eventually a time when the kids finally outgrow that old swing set in the backyard.
Once the old swing set becomes more and more neglected, it usually also ends up becoming an eyesore. That’s how you know it’s time to let the swing set go. But how?
Whether you’re thinking about repurposing your old swing set to get a few more years out of it or you have decided to just get rid of it and take it completely apart, here are things you can do with an old swing set.
What to Do with an Old Swing Set:
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How to Repurpose a Swing Set
Before you decide to chuck it, as long as your family’s swing set is still in good shape, there are plenty of ways to repurpose an old metal or wooden swing set before you give it the boot.
Here are a few ideas of things you can do to upcycle a children’s swing set and get more use out of it before you have to say goodbye.
- Repurpose your swing set into a garden area by removing the play equipment from it and planting your favorite shrubs and flowers around it. Make it extra special by stringing cafe lights on the frame.
- Transform the swing set into a cool study spot for your kids to do homework by replacing the swings and other play equipment with tables, lights, and seating with fun cushions.
- Many swing sets and playsets are made to be modular, which means you can add options and continue to expand your swing set as your child grows.
- If you have a green thumb, you can turn the old swing set frame into a raised bed garden with bean trellis, a chicken coop, or a compost bin.
If none of these options is really feasible for you and your family and you’re not really feeling any of the old swing set projects you’ve seen on Pinterest and elsewhere, think twice before heading out back with a crowbar and saw.
There are more ways to get rid of an old swing set that don’t involve manual labor and having to haul hefty chunks of wood, metal, and plastic to the dump.
These alternatives can actually be even easier than dragging your old swing set’s bones to the curb. And they’ll definitely be more eco-friendly than sending it to a landfill.
How to Disassemble a Swing Set
To take apart a rusty metal or wooden swing set. Before getting your tools together, you’ll need to find a buddy to help you take apart a wooden swing set.
You need these tools to take apart a wooden swing set:
- Socket wrench
- Spray lubricant
- Spray solvent for rust
- Deep socket set
- Adjustable wrenches
- Vise grips or pliers
To take apart a metal swingset. Metal swing sets are less heavy and bulky than wooden ones, and can easily be managed by one person.
The tools you need to disassemble a metal swing set are:
- Work gloves
- Small Allen wrench
- Swing set socket wrench
- Adjustable wrench
- Large Allen wrench
- Flat and Phillips head screwdrivers
How to Get Rid of a Swing Set
You’ve probably got a lot of feelings about the fact that it’s time to finally get your kids’ old swing set out of the backyard. They’re not as small as they once were, and that swing set has been collecting dust over the past few months (or years). While the swing set your kids loved so much for so long just isn’t right for your family anymore, it can still do plenty of good.
Where to Donate a Swing Set
Give it to a neighbor or family member that has young children. It’s a great way to continue your kid’s old swing set’s legacy of creating childhood memories. While you’re at it you might as well donate some of your kid’s old baby items if their kids are around the appropriate age.
If none of them are interested, ask them to spread the word in their social circle. Just make sure the swing set is still in good condition, of course, before bestowing it on someone else.
Another idea would be to donate your old swing set to a local park, elementary school, religious organization, children’s shelter, or daycare center that is in need of new playground equipment.
Churches are great for donating a gently used swing set; they are many times in need of play equipment for the children in the congregation but often do not have enough money in the budget for such large purchases.
If the kids’ unwanted swing set may not be fit to pass on to someone else but the structure is still in pretty decent shape, you could also try selling it.
How to Sell a Used Swing Set
Shine it up a bit with a good sanding and a couple of coats of vinyl paint or polyurethane to make it look as good as new.
Then, take some good photos of the swing set and post them with a detailed description on websites and apps like Craigslist, Facebook, LetGo, or OfferUp.
You could also list it in the classifieds section of your local newspaper or print some flyers to pin on community boards around town.
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Used Swing Set & Playground Removal Service
When repurposing or refinishing doesn’t make sense for you or your family, you will need to hire a junk removal service like LoadUp to take care of swing set disposal for you.
It may have taken you a few days to assemble it all those years back, and it sure will take a good deal of time to disassemble it, so you’ll need a professional who has the right tools, time, and an additional set of hands to quickly tackle jungle gym or playset removal.
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Junk removers aren’t the people who come to pick up your garbage in a big dump truck. When you have unwanted items that are big and bulky or lots of boxes and bags filled with clutter you need to get rid of, a junk removal company is who you call.
A professional junk removal company like LoadUp will quickly and efficiently dismantle and haul away your old wooden or metal swing set. This saves you all the time, energy, and stress it would take for you to disassemble and dispose of the swing set yourself.
LoadUp is a nationwide, professional junk removal company offering fast, easy, and affordable pickup and disposal services for prices often 20-30% less than other junk removal companies.
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You can receive an honest, upfront price before you book to have your used swing set taken for disposal such as donation and recycling as soon as next day.
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