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Combination swing frame & monkey bars

DIY Combination swing frame & monkey bars

Brachiation ladder on a swingset frame

How to build a multipurpose frame that can be used as a brachiation ladder (monkey bars), a swing frame, and as it turned out - even a frame to hold a bench swing.
This was another project instigated by my grandkids. They wanted something where they could climb and swing.

Measurements used

This project is written in both standard (inch) and metric (mm).
The standard measurements are given first followed by the metric measurements in brackets.
For example: 2x3 (75mm x 50mm)
Also note, the standard (inch) measurements are not an exact match to their equivalent metric (mm) counterparts for rounding off purposes - so use one or the other and don't mix.

Safety note: Kids (and adults) can be very boisterous at times. This is a relatively lightweight structure. A couple of kids swinging high in unison could possibly tip the unit.


This is a relatively lightweight structure and inexpensive to build. The frame is constructed out of 2x3 (75mm x 50mm) wood.
That stock size is not too common in North America. If you cannot source that size wood, another option is to rip (cut length wise) 2x6 (150mm x 50mm) stock in half, or even upgrade to 2x4 (100mm x 50mm).

The unit stands 85 5/8" (2140mm) high to the top of the bars, it is 125" (3125mm) long, and 72 3/4" (1820mm) wide.

Note: As well as this free online version, You can also purchase this plan in downloadable PDF file, print-friendly and in clean copy (free of ads) for only $5.00.   Click here to purchase.
The plans can be purchased online and immediately downloaded to your computer.

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