Finding Your Perfect Swing Spot

Author: Natalie Basch


So you want to start your practice but you don’t know where to hang your swing? No problem, we’ve got you covered. All it takes is a little inspiration and looking at your surroundings with fresh eyes to find the ideal spot for your swing.


You have four location options:

  • A crossbeam
  • An outdoor terrace
  • Hooks in the ceiling
  • Get creative!


A Crossbeam


A crossbeam is a sturdy structure that is supported by two supporting beams on the side. These can easily be found in houses and outdoor areas. They can be wooden beams or metal beams. But make sure you test the structure first. Hold onto the structure and hang from it – like a pull-up bar. If you hear a creak or feel that the beam gives in to your weight, rather look for another spot. If the crossbeam does not surrender to your weight – you’re good to go.


Outdoor terrace


Some outdoor terraces have a metal crossbeam structure which is an ideal spot for the swing. Once again, make sure to test the structure first, before installing the swing.


Hooks in the ceiling


A third option is to install hooks in the ceiling. You will need to call a handyman or get someone who can use a drill to install the hooks. The distance between the hooks will be between 50 – 60 cm, depending on the width of your hips. You want the swing to be as wide as your hips. If you are based in Kuala Lumpur, send me an email and I will share the number for a contractor who can install a beam in your house for you.


Get creative


This is where the fun part begins and when you begin to look at your environment with new eyes. I’ve hung up my swing in trees, construction sites, by the Ganga in Rishikesh, and on bridges. Another good idea is under a peer if you’re staying near the beach. See what you can find and share some pictures with me. I’d be super curious to see where your creative Airo eyes take you.


Check out some pics from the Airo community and watch the video below for inspiration. Happy swinging!