Sometimes we see weight capacities listed for
wooden swings. At Shop-NC we
don’t, and here is why:
Wooden swings are typically not tested to the
point of failure, so without true data - figures can be arbitrary and
possibly misleading. The
weakest point in wooden swings is typically not in the swing itself, but instead the
points from which wooden swings hang.
We offer this for a guide – wooden swings made from
cedar (red and white) are lightest in weight. All of our four-foot cedar wooden swings and A-frames are made
for and hold two adults; five-foot cedar wooden swings and A-frames are
proper for two adults and a child. Individual
boards in cedar wooden swings may themselves be less strong, but it also
means there’s less “non-person” weight on supports.
Our wooden swings and A-frames made from pressure-treated pine,
cypress and Brazilian cherry are all designed such that they will more than support the
weight of two full sized adults or two adults and a child.
Again, the most critical capacity factor for wooden swings is the
point of support.
Also worth knowing - we use galvanized chains for our
wooden swings. It is rust resistant and stronger than stainless,
which is actually a soft steel.