Does a swing have to be anchored?

Does a swing have to be anchored?

What possibilities of anchoring are there?

The most durable and safest variant of anchoring is setting in concrete. You can either set the posts of the swing frame directly into the concrete or ground anchors to which you can later attach the posts. Make sure you have a level place for the swing, this also increases safety and stability.

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Anchoring without concrete

Anchoring without concrete does a lot less work than setting it in concrete. In the hardware store you can find ground sockets that are driven into the ground or even screw-in ground anchors. Before you put the anchors in the ground, assemble the swing frame (€ 419.95 on Amazon *) to find the right place for the anchors.

Both variants are particularly suitable when the ground is relatively firm but free of stones. It is difficult to screw in or hammer in ground anchors in very stony ground. The same applies if there are many or particularly thick (tree) roots in the earth. If the soil is too loose, the anchors may not hold up sufficiently.

Anchoring with concrete

If you decide to set the swing or the ground anchors in concrete, then determine the exact position of the holes in the same way as if you were planning the simple anchoring. At the marked points, dig the ground about 50 to 60 cm deep.

Pour the mixed concrete into the holes according to the instructions. Then place the swing frame in the damp, dried concrete or the ground anchors. Do not screw the swing frame to the ground anchors until the concrete has dried.

The essentials in brief:

  • Anchoring possible with or without concrete
  • Choose the place carefully: sun / shade, if possible no gradient
  • Assemble the swing frame
  • Mark the position of the drive-in sleeves or the holes for concrete
  • possibly: dig a hole, pour concrete
  • Drive in or screw in sleeves


The lighter the swing frame, the more easily it could tip over and the more firmly it should be anchored.