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5 Things to Do With an Old Backyard Playset

Swing sets have come a long way since we were kids. When we were little, we had a piece of tire rubber attached to an aluminum rod by a bit of baling twine. Bruises, cuts, and blisters were an every day event.

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These days, swing sets come with every modification imaginable, not to mention they are infinitely safer. My sons swing set comes with, multiple swings, monkey bars, two slides, a little house, a three-story rock wall, two canopies, a telescope, a Mr. Fusion, and a flux capacitor.

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What was once new and exciting is now old and rundown.

Putting the thing together requires the intellectual genius of the engineer who built the Hoover Dam.  It took me hours and hours, well let’s be honest, months, to finally finish assembling the damn thing. I was even able to stash the extra parts at the bottom of the trash can before anyone could ask me what they were for. And it was all worth it to watch my kids’ faces light up everytime they played on it.

But that was ages ago. Those same kids only get excited now when I give them money or tell them I upped their data plan. And the behemoth swing set sits unused and unloved in my backyard.

My kids, like yours, have outgrown it and so, it’s time to find something else to do with it. We’ve come up with a few options to make the most out of a once beloved family toy.


If you’re very sentimentally attached to your swing, it might be easiest to donate it; knowing that other kids will play and love it as you did will help you to let go. There are several non-profit organizations who would be grateful to take it off your hands. Start with charities or churches. Both of which will make great use of your donation. You can also contact day care centers, women’s shelters, neighborhood parks, or schools. With a little time and patience, you are sure to find someone to love your old swing set.




Along the same lines, you can find a family to give it to. Maybe your niece or a godson has young children. Perhaps even your neighbor. Chances are you probably know someone who has little kids who would love a new swing set.


If you’re not sentimental just penny-wise, then selling might be your first choice. You can polish up the swing set and put it in a yard sale or post it on Craigslist, Facebook or eBay. There’s a decent chance you’ll get some takers, but this type of thing is a little hit or miss. Getting a complex contraption via online from a stranger isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But it doesn’t cost you much time or effort to roll the dice on it anyway.



A fresh coat of paint can go a long way in revamping an eyesore into a play yard feature. Some white paint with pink accents can turn an old playset into a baby girl’s dream house, while a few well place nautical additions can turn it into a pirate ship. A little creativity and some hard work will make your set like new again. Transforming it in the eye of your kids into a new wonderland to explore.



With a bit of creativity, you can come up with a lot of new things to make out of an old swing set.

Chicken Coup

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Even though chickens are the modern-day equivalent to dinosaurs, with their dragon feet, dirty feathers, and grotesque facial features, a lot of people like having them around.  You can add a little wire to an old swing set frame, and you have an instant chicken coup, fresh eggs included. Why anyone would want to eat something that came out of an animals butt is beyond me, but to each there own.

Arbor Transformation

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A better choice is to plant some grape vines, or honeysuckle and turn your swing set into an arbor. You can create a sitting area underneath or even plant a small garden.

A little more creativity can turn an old swing set into a relaxing garden with the old slide being repurposed into a stunning water feature.

Kido Workstation

Maybe your kids are the sentimental ones, and they can’t bear to let it go if that’s the case you can convert it into an outdoor hangout or homework area. Add some seating and lights, a few tables and maybe a cooler, to keep snacks in, and your kids can spend time outdoors while finishing up their school work.

Relaxation Station

Another simple upgrade is to remove the child swings and replace them with hammocks or a beautiful wooden porch swing.



If your swing set is irreparably broken or damaged then getting rid of it is the way to go. You can spend a few hours dismantling your metal set or chopping up your wooden one, then you’re left with massive annoying piles of junk to dispose of. You can haul it out bit by bit for bulk trash pick up, or put some of it in your recycle bin. But either way you are looking at a long day’s work and a large pile of crap.

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A better smarter way to handle the disposal of an old swing is to call us. We will dismantle and haul off the entire set, and we’ll even clean up before we go.

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To top it off we’ll sort all of the pieces and take everything we can to a recycling center instead of hogging up valuable landfill space.

It’s a quick job for our expert junk removers, give us a call, and your set will be gone before you know it.



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