The Best Rope for Tree Swings

It’s hard to think of a project that will bring more excitement to your children than a new tree swing. Being able to hop on a rope and swing back and forth under a huge tree is a thrill for kids – and even more exciting if that swing is used as a way to jump into the water. 

Of course, safety needs to be a top priority when creating a tree swing, and that starts with picking out the right rope. You’ll need something that will hold up to the test of time and deal well with the outdoor conditions it will face. Also, there is the abrasion of swinging back and forth while wrapped around a tree branch to consider. Below, we will talk about the characteristics you want in a rope for a tree swing, and which types of ropes are going to deliver in those categories. 

When you are ready to place an order for a new tree swing rope, reach out to SEACO to get started. You’ll find we offer a huge selection of products but also fair prices and outstanding customer service. We are excited to serve you!

Characteristics You Need for Rope Tree Swings

Before looking at specific ropes for this project, it’s best to first stand back and think about what you’ll need the rope to do. We touched on this briefly above, but let’s take a closer look at the performance characteristics required. 

  • Toughness. The bark of a tree is a rough surface, and the rope is going to swing back and forth on that surface over and over again. A rope that has a soft, delicate outer layer is not a good pick here, as the fibers that make up the rope will quickly fray and lose strength. As an example, a basic cotton rope is no good, since the cotton fibers are not nearly tough enough to stand up to the friction created when the rope swings on the tree. 
  • Little to no stretch. In some cases, you want a rope to stretch when it is put under load – that stretch can be helpful for absorbing shock and protecting whatever is attached to the ends of the rope. However, with a tree swing, you don’t want that stretch. Instead, this rope stays mostly static, so the weight of the person riding on the rope swing doesn’t pull the rope too far down toward the ground. So, low stretch is a feature high on your rope shopping priority list. 
  • UV protection. A good tree swing rope will also be resistant to the power of UV rays. If you choose a rope that breaks down over time when exposed to the sun, that rope would gradually lose strength and need to be replaced sooner. Of course, the sun won’t always shine, so ideally, you’ll find a rope that is not only UV resistant, but also does well in wet conditions for those inevitable rainy days. 

Two Strong Contenders

As you start to compare the list of qualities above to the popular materials used to make ropes, you’ll probably find yourself looking at one of two options – polyester or nylon rope. These two are both popular for many different outdoor uses, and much of what they offer is going to fit in nicely with the requirements of a tree swing. 

Between the two, look at polyester first, as it hits on more of the points you need to cover than nylon. With polyester, you will get a rope that isn’t going to stretch very much under load, it is going to deal nicely with the elements, so it can provide you with a long lifespan, and it is impressively strong for its size. While nylon also delivers great strength and it does well outside, there is more stretch in a nylon rope than in a polyester version. Nylon can still get the job done but look first to the polyester rope as the ideal choice for this project. 

Cutting corners when ordering rope for a tree swing is simply not an option. You need to use a quality rope that is up to this challenge, so work with SEACO to get something that won’t let you down. Thanks for visiting and feel free to get in touch with any questions you may have.