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The corner of the playroom or even in the family bonus room, these hanging chairs will add a bit of fun to the house. The kids will enjoy it, the adults will relax a bit in it and you get the bragging rights for being the creator of the masterpiece. Check them out now!

A Beautiful Mess starts us off with this Aztec-printed hanging chair that we instantly fell in love with. It’s an easy project to pull of, even for novice, and it’s versatile for around the house as well. In the playroom or the covered patio, it’ll work wherever you need an extra bit of fun.

Hop on over to Andrea’s Notebook and take a peek at all kinds of great inspiration. And that inspiration includes this wooden hanging chair. With modern bones and a sleek finished look, it’s a great way to add some personality to a minimalistic home. Personalize it with throw pillows or a blanket to finish it off.


Find the perfect tree and branch. There are many aspects to consider when making a swing that is both safe and long-lasting. If your yard doesn't have a tree with a branch that meets these standards, consider a different project. 
    Oak trees are ideal, but any type of sturdy hardwood tree may be used. Evergreens and fruit trees should be avoided.
    Pick a healthy branch that is at least eight inches in diameter. Carefully inspect for any signs of disease or splitting. A sickly branch is more likely to break off and fall, potentially causing serious injury to anyone below.
    The placement of your swing should be at least three to five feet out from the tree's trunk. Press down on the branch at the point where you intend to hang your swing. If the branch bounces, choose a sturdier one.
    Do not pick a branch that is too high off the ground. Twenty feet should be the maximum, but if you are making a swing for a young child, consider a lower branch. Remember that the higher the swing's attachment point, the greater the height your child may fall from.

Gather your materials. You will need wood, rope, twine, three-inch deck screws, wood glue, fine grit sandpaper, two stainless steel quick link carabiners, and the right tools for the job.
    For tools, you will need a saw, a leveler, measuring tape, a sanding block, and a cordless drill.

    Buy enough 1.5-inch thick pressure treated wood for the job. You will need enough for three 7.25-inch wide pieces: one measuring 36 inches in length and two that are each 4 inches long. A two-by-eight board that is four feet long will be the easiest to work with. (If you are new to woodworking, keep in mind that the actual width and thickness of a two-by-eight are 7.25 inches and 1.5 inches respectively.)

Secure the long ropes to your branch. Throw one end of each rope up over the branch. Position the two ropes so that they are slightly over three feet apart. Tie a running bowline slip knot to one end of each rope. Next, thread the free end of each rope through its corresponding knot. Tug each free end to tighten the knot onto the branch. 

This type of knot is very secure but will also expand with the growing tree. 
If needed, you can attach one end of each rope to a rock with some twine before attempting to throw it. This extra step will make getting the ends up over the branches much easier.


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