How Much Room Do You Need for Outdoor Double Glider Swings?

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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If you are looking for the perfect outdoor swing set, the amount of space in your garden is an important factor.

For an outdoor double glider swing set, a backyard with a minimum of 10 feet in both length and width is ideal.

Why people love face-to-face glider swings?

The face-to-face wooden glider swing is a backyard swing set featuring two benches facing one another.

This unique feature is perfect for someone who wants an intimate setting to sit and enjoy conversations with friends and family. This swing set comes with the option to purchase an overhead canopy.

Are these gliders popular?

Yes, these swing sets are very popular, creating a warm and cozy setting in your backyard where lasting memories with family and friends can be made.

The stand-alone design makes a great choice since it allows you to choose the perfect location in your yard for a swing set, whether you have a spot with a beautiful view or a cozy place that you’d love to lounge in.

Being a stand-alone set also provides more stability than other sets, providing peace of mind while you relax with your loved ones.


This swing is 8 feet wide and 8 feet long, leaving plenty of room for other additions to your backyard, such as extra chairs or a table.

The glider swing weighs 307 lbs. and has a total weight capacity of 1,400 lbs.

Who is it for?

The wooden glider swing set is best for anyone who has enough space in their garden and is looking to add a relaxing outdoor spot to lounge in.

However, the assembly and maintenance required should be completed by adults. Any change in location should be handled by adults as well.

Children can use the swing set once it has been assembled, but young children should be supervised during use.

This swing is a great addition to add extra seating for parties, to relax with cocktails, or to enjoy coffee in the morning with your loved ones.

Different types available on the market

The best type of wood for the 4-person glider swing is a wood that is water and weather resistant.

The type of wood used must be able to withstand being exposed to rain and sun frequently and should be able to resist damage from insects.  Woods such as redwood, cedar, and cypress make a great choice for outdoor furniture.

These woods are typically kept in their natural state and have no chemical preservatives added. They are also durable, rot resistant, and widely accessible.

The price you should expect

The typical price you can expect to pay for these types of swing sets can vary widely, depending upon factors like number of seats available, materials used, whether there is a canopy, etc.

Many garden swings come with 2 seats and will range in cost from $300 to $500. A set that has more than average seating, such as the double lawn glider swing, will typically cost between $1,500 to $2,000.

However, some can cost from $7,000 to $10,000, when they have multiple swings, covers, or are made with a more expensive type of wood.

Alternatives for smaller backyards

If you find that this outdoor wooden glider with canopy is too big for your yard, there are alternatives.

There are smaller gliders available that have less seating and a lower weight capacity but will be a better fit for smaller backyards.

There are also single bench swing sets that are more suitable for smaller spaces but will still provide a great spot to relax outdoors.

Loveseats or floating swing chairs are also a wonderful option for anyone looking to add extra seating to their garden without taking up too much space.

Do you need a canopy?

You can purchase a high-quality weatherproof canopy that you can attach as a cover over your swing set.

This canopy is ideal for providing shade during sunny days, or for providing cover if it begins to rain while you’re enjoying your swing set. If your backyard has plenty of shade or cover provided by trees, this may not be a necessary addition for you.

However, having a roof will allow you to peacefully enjoy your time knowing that you are prepared for any weather.

How to move these swings around?

When changing the location of your swing set, always have the assistance of at least one person. Moving your swing set alone can be dangerous or may result in damage to your set.

Some sets can weigh as much as 300 lbs. and would need several people to help move it. However, if you opt for a lighter set, it can be moved with only one or two extra people.

Taking care of wooden glider swings

Taking care of your face-to-face gliders is simple. Ensure that your swing set is made of wood that is resistant to water and different types of weather and if it is not, adding a varnish will ensure the durability of the set. Keeping the set clean and repainting or redoing the varnish after a year will keep your swing set lasting for years.

How do I keep birds and bees out of wooden glider swing set?

To keep birds out of your swing set, ensure that all bird feeders or bird baths are away from the set, and don’t leave food nearby.

Keeping wind chimes, plants, or even a fake owl are great ways to deter bird from coming near the set. If you find your swing set is attracting bees, use scented candles, such as peppermint or cinnamon, to keep them away.


If you are shopping for a swing set for your yard, a patio wooden double glider swing set is a great choice, if you have enough room in our garden for it.

However, there are many glider swing sets available to fit any garden size.

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Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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