Every block has one: the kid with the insane treehouse. They’re the envy of the whole block and the host of every important neighborhood kid event. From preliminary Lemonade Corp. meetings to post-Halloween candy devouring, it all goes down at that tree house. Whether you’re planning to build a treehouse or looking for a few ways to trick your current canopy digs out a little bit, here are some suggestions for making your treehouse epic.
First, a disclaimer: none of this is a guarantee of safety, only awesomeness. That being said, you want your zip line to dip six to eight feet in elevation per every 100 feet of zip-line length. You want a zip line, not a device that only alters the angle at which kids faces plummet into the ground after they jump out of a treehouse. Speaking of falling, if letting go of the zipline will surely result in injury, nearly every high-quality zip line comes with seat attachments that can help you avoid an awkward conversation with Tommy’s lawyer Dad. The last point on the safety front, keep your finish point in mind. Add speed checks, pad the area where it ends, or just do whatever you got to do to make sure kids aren’t pinballing off of a 4x4.
Although there are a few things to keep in mind, the setup is a relatively simple process, and the process is relatively inexpensive, making this a tip-top addition to any tree house.
Couple Ways to the Top
My apologies to the rope ladder, but it has gotten a little played out. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a necessity in the treehouse game, but an awesome way to spruce up your tree house is to add alternative means of entry.
A climbing wall is an excellent way to do that. It can also add a little color to the base of your treehouse. The only issue with climbing walls is finding the right price, and while it would be amazing to have a 20-foot climbing wall entrance to your treehouse, it’s tough to justify without at least a four-figure budget.
Have you ever tried to frown on a rope swing? If so, you’re probably also the person who looks disappointed swimming with dolphins and skis down a mountain with no emotion. A rope swing is one of life’s simple pleasures, transcending borders, cultures, and lifestyles.
To add this core pillar of fun to your treehouse, you need the right set up. Find a branch that hangs at least five feet away from your tree house. From there, tie a braided rope with the thought in mind: the further away from the treehouse you tie the rope, the longer and thus, more intense the swing can be. Another thing to keep in mind is ground clearance. A thirteen foot swing hung from a tree house ten feet off the ground results in a banged up coccyx or two.The rope’s workload should be about 300 pounds to avoid similar things. An essential for any swing longer than five feet, is a seat. An easy way to make one is by sanding a two by four, drilling a hole in it, sliding the rope through, and tying a knot at the point where you can sit on the swing at the top of the treehouse, but you also don’t have enough slack to suffer whiplash.
Whether you end up adding all of these, or just a little extra floorspace to your arboreal abode this summer, we’d like to commend you on your ambition. Although, save for Lemonade stand operations, you won’t see any return on it, making your backyard the spot to be in the summers creates a lifetime of memories.
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