Technical Swing Info
We use a soft high performance polyester marine braid because it is strong, won't rot or go mouldy, has good UV resistance and looks good.
|Model||Rope||Size||Breaking Load||Safe working load|
|baby KEA swing||High Performance Polyester marine braid||6mm||1300kg||216 x 2 = 432kg|
|Solvej Swings||High Performance Polyester marine braid||10mm||2484kg||414 x 2 = 828kg|
For our standard Solvej swings we use a 100% acrylic canvas because it is rot proof and is the best outdoor furniture canvas on the market. It has a 5-year manufacturers guarantee from fading. It is also very easy care. The Solvej Organic swing is made from 100% organic hemp canvas. We do not recommend leaving the organic swing outside.
For the baby KEA swing we use 65% acrylic/35% polyester canvas which is rot proof and has a 3 year manufacturers guarantee from fading.
The choice of timber has to fulfil the criteria of being naturally weather durable to avoid chemical treatment with the pollution that can come with that. It also has to come from a planted or sustainable source so we are not part of the depletion of indigenous forests anywhere in the world.
For the Solvej Swings we use Matai(Prumnopitys taxifolia), a native and endemic tree to NZ. The Matai we use is salvaged timber from around Tokaroa where they logged the natives and planted pine trees in the early seventies. At the time they left a lot of logs that was thought of as not valuable. Now when the first lot of pines are being harvested these native logs are being salvaged.
For the baby KEA swing we use offcuts of plantation grown timber.
The non-toxic acrylic water bound paint and the lacquer we use comply with DIN EN 71 part 3 standard for toxicity and DIN 53160 for sweat and saliva resistance.
Fabric: When used in permanent outdoor situations the canvas should be hosed regularly to remove dust, bird droppings, etc. and other solid particles.
Water borne stains such as coffee, tea, red wines, etc. should be treated first by rinsing in cold water. If this is not sufficient, the canvas may be washed with mild solution of soap (not detergent) in lukewarm water (max 38C, 100F) and rinsed thoroughly.
Stubborn soiling may require treatment with a non-chlorine bleach.
Wood: All timber goes naturally grey when exposed to the weather. If you wish to slow down the process of the timber going grey, oil often with any outdoor oil.
There are products on the market that will restore wood that has gone grey to its original colour if you want to.
Check the ropes, hooks and eyes regularly for wear and tear.
The sun gradually breaks down the fiber in all ropes.
A safety surface under the swing is recommended.
Don't start to swing your baby until her/his neck is strong enough, approximately 6 months. Always support your baby well with cushions etc. until your baby grows into the swing.
Please remember a young baby should always be swung gently. Always use the safety belt.
Swing rule No 1
Keep a safe distance from someone swinging so they can't hit you.
Make sure every child that is in your home knows this rule. As you know how it is with children, you have to
remind the children of the rule over and over again.
Young children generally don't have a conception of measurement in metres so it is best to show them the distances or better still mark it.
Do it Yourself
Make your own swing stand
The cheapest and easiest way of making a swing is to have one thick rope with a big knot, or tie a short piece of a branch or doweling, or an old tire at the end.
A stand can be made with 2 round poles, a cross bar, 2 ready mix concrete bags, 2 coach bolts and 2 eye bolts, all of which are available in most building material stores.
Dig two holes approximately 1,2m apart, from center to center (for one swing).
Check out the top of the poles, drill holes and bolt on the cross bar.
Drill holes for the eye bolts 500mm apart and fix them on with the eye facing forward so the clip will roll and not grind in the eye.
Nail two diagonal temporary supports on to the poles to keep them parallel while fixing them into the holes.
Nail a board (which is longer than the hole is wide) at a distance 100mm shorter than the hole is deep from the bottom of each pole.
Raise the stand up into the holes. The stand will now rest on those temporary boards you nailed on and leave a gap under the poles so there is room for concrete underneath. Brace the stand.
Mix and pore in the concrete.
Check with your local council for regulations (depth and size of the holes and timber dimensions, height restrictions and so on) and permits. If there is no rules ask your local building material merchant for advice.
The baby-toddler swing can be hung, with the rope provided, (with the swing down at the lowest for a toddler) at a height of up to 2.3 meters. For any higher extension ropes will be needed.
The child swing with and without trapeze bar can be hung from a height of 3 meters without extension ropes
Babies and children love to swing.
Swinging has really great benefits for your baby and child.