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Wooden swing beam – Calculate beam height:

Rule of thumb for calculating wooden swing beams – beam height:

The “distance between the support points” is important here, i.e. the distance between the points to which the swing beam is attached (e.g. tree, swing connector, support triangle, playhouse, house wall):

In our example with 300 cm between the support points, the beam should be 12 cm high (using “inch” that would be 300 cm = 118 in; 25 = 9.8; 12 cm = 4.7 in):

This is a guide value for normal use with two children’s swings, primarily used by children!

  • For youths or adults, the beam may be + 2 cm (+0.8 in) higher.
  • The calculated value should not deviate by more than -2 cm (-0.8 in). If the beam becomes even thinner, it will bend too much.

Wooden swing beam – optimum width:

  • The beam should be at least 8 cm (3.2 in) wide, as high horizontal loads occur during swinging in addition to the high vertical loads. This way, the beam connectors and swing connections can be fastened well.
  • We recommend a maximum width of 12 cm (4.7 in).

 

Build your own wooden swing beam – our tips:

  • The wood should be suitable for outdoor use: larch and Douglas fir are optimal; oak is very heavy, expensive and difficult to work with; if you want it natural, take robinia round beams.
  • Make sure that the wooden beam between the support points (in the area of the swings) does not have large knotholes and cracks! These weaken the beam and can lead to predetermined breaking points.
  • When buying, look for narrow annual rings, which means that the beam is particularly stable.
  • As a minimum, we recommend squared timber beams 9 × 9 cm, or round timber ø 9 cm (3.5 in).
  • For the permanent fastening of a swing beam to the tree, it is best to use professional Treehouse Screws!

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We will be happy to help you! Please check our FAQ section first – there, we have already answered the most common questions for you.

In order to be able to advise you optimally, we need:

  • Sketches (drawn by hand is OK)
  • Position and height of the platform
  • Position and size of the treehouse
  • Photos of the trees
  • Tree diameter ø at the height of the platform
  • Tree species
  • Distance between trees (if more than one)
  • Use of the treehouse (many people, public, …)
  • Particularly stormy or snowy region?

 

“Since I often hang in trees or work with loud machines, it’s best to contact me via email. The more concrete your idea and the more detailed the description, the better I can help you – thank you!”

Vitus Wahlländer – Owner of TheTreehouse.Shop

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Gerne helfen wir Dir weiter. Bitte check vorher unseren FAQ-Bereich, dort haben wir die gängigsten Fragen bereits beantwortet.

Um Dich optimal beraten zu können, benötigen wir:

  • Skizzen (gerne von Hand gekritzelt)
  • Lage und Höhe der Plattform
  • Position und Größe des Baumhauses
  • Fotos von den Bäumen
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  • Baumart
  • Abstand der Bäume (falls mehrere)
  • Nutzen vom Baumhaus (viele Personen, öffentlich, …)
  • Besonders Sturm oder Schneereiche Region?

 

„Da ich oft in den Bäumen hänge oder mit lauten Maschinen arbeite, kontaktiere mich am besten via E-Mail. Je konkreter Deine Idee und je detaillierter die Beschreibung, desto besser kann ich Dir weiterhelfen – Danke!“

 

Vitus Wahlländer – Chef 

+49 17623339648

www.thetreehouse.shop

Dürnbachstraße 16a, 83727 Schliersee, Deutschland

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