Best Sensory Swing Mounting Systems

Best Indoor sensory swing

What are the best sensory swing systems for indoor home use? Should I buy a free-standing sensory swing with a frame or ceiling-mounted sensory swing for my child with autism, a sensory-seeking form of sensory processing disorder, or special needs? Or what about a door-mounted sensory swing for kids system? This article discusses the advantages and disadvantages of each and what you should consider when deciding between the 3 options.

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Our Story

I am a pediatric OT with many years of experience. I also have 2 children who were big-time sensory seekers. My oldest crazed movement and deep pressure and was orally seeking. My youngest sought proprioceptive input (he got his through gymnastics and now weightlifting, a great option for teens!). I also have a normal sensory child in the middle, which really helps to keep me grounded in what is “normal”.

What swing did we have?

I learned pretty early on my daughter would do better at school if I could get her some movement in the morning. Not an easy task in a snowy state! So we put a swing in the basement! Just a normal indoor swing such as this hung from the exposed beams.

How does a sensory swing work?

Want to learn more about why you should put a swing inside your home? See my article here.

Now that you have decided you need or want a sensory swing in your home, what type should you select?

Considerations when selecting the best sensory swing system

Are sensory swings safe?

Overall yes. The doorway swings and swings with frames are safe, just make sure there is enough room that they will not swing into anything. The same as with outside swings.

How do I install a sensory swing in my house?

There are 3 types of sensory swing systems for sale. Only the ceiling-mounted type requires special installation.

Is it safe to hang a swing from the ceiling?

First consider if your home can withstand the weight of a swing, especially with movement.

I have actually witnessed a therapy swing coming out of the ceiling in an old building. First, you must determine if it is safe to hand a swing from the ceiling.

Do you have the tools and the knowledge safely hand a ceiling swing?

If the answer is no to either of these, please consider either a door-mounted swing or a free-standing swing.

How much weight can a sensory swing hold?

Ceiling mounted

Use a kit such as this one that holds up to 600 pounds, enough for an adult!

Doorway Mounted

Door mounted swings hold up to 300 pounds.

Free standing indoor sensory swing with stand

Freestanding swings such as this one can also hold up to 300 pounds.

How much room do you need for a sensory swing?

Door-mounted swings take up the least amount of space. Add in that doorways are usually free of other objects and they become even more attractive and safer. Freestanding swings take up the most space by far. Do not consider these unless you have most of a room to dedicate to a safe sensory space.

Cost of Sensory Swing Set-ups

When considering the cost of sensory swing set-ups, door-mounted swings and freestanding have come down in price over the years. Ceiling mounted will be the cheapest but are the hardest to set up.

Recommendations for the best sensory swing at home from the pediatric occupational therapist

Does your child have a hard time staying calm?

Is it a meltdown or a tantrum?

Learn the differences so you can respond with confidence!

Meltdown or tantrum download

I recommend TWO-POINT SWINGS for home. Let me say that again. I recommend 2 POINT SWINGS FOR HOME.

What is a 2 point swing?

A 2 point swing is the typical style of backyard swing that connects above in 2 locations.

How does a 2 point swing compare to a one point therapy swing?

Therapy swings typically connect to the ceiling in one location. Therapy swings with one-point connections are best left to be used by professionals.

Can I just hang an outdoor DIY swing inside from the ceiling?

YES! This is easiest to do in a basement or other area of the home with exposed ceiling beams.

Types of Sensory Swing Set-ups

Indoor Sensory Swing with Stand

Advantages

  • Easy to assembly
  • Most expensive

Disadvantages

  • Takes up the most space
  • Hard to move locations

Door mount Indoor sensory swing

Advantages

  • Easy to install
  • Takes up less space

Disadvantages

  • Must be removed to close the door

Does your child have a hard time staying calm?

Is it a meltdown or a tantrum?

Learn the differences so you can respond with confidence!

Meltdown or tantrum download

Ceiling-mounted sensory swing

Advantages

  • Cheap set up

Disadvantages

  • Permanently mounted in the ceiling
  • Hard to install

What are the best swings to buy for indoor sensory use?

Now that you have your set up what are the best swings to purchase? A regular swing is a great place to start then add in a hammock or cuddle or pod swing if your child likes to be enclosed in small spaces.

Pod Swing

Cuddle Swing – indoor sensory compression swing

Are you wondering if you need a sensory swing?

The answer is yes! They provide your child with a safe space to relax and regain their composure. Swings are great ways to get vestibular movement calming input for children with sensory processing disorder.

The best part of all is that there are many different options for hanging the swings and for each budget. Just stick to the 2-point swings to not overwhelm and stick to calming your child.

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