Breezy, Wooden Swings Bring Tree Swings to New Generations

Maybe it was in the stars for Natalie Koppes to found Breezy Wooden Swings in 2000. And on clear nights, from the vantage of her tree swing under a beautiful old oak, she has the perfect view of them.


| July/August 2007



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It was a triple whammy, really, that inspired Natalie Koppes of Columbus, Ohio, to start her own business, Breezy Wooden Swings. She had a treasured memory of a childhood swing in a favorite oak tree near a large fishing pond. She and her husband moved to a new house with a perfect oak tree but, alas, no swing. And, almost simultaneously while dreaming of starting her own business, she watched an Oprah show devoted to encouraging women to leave mind-numbing jobs and “follow their hearts.”

Now, she spends her time helping other families share her delight in the tree swing. While about half her customers seek swings for weekend homes, others are parents and grandparents purchasing for backyard trees and even swing sets. It’s common for customers to share their own memories – where, when and what kind of tree – of childhood swings.

For those who prefer to hang their own swings, Koppes says the most suitable trees are healthy hardwoods, like a living oak tree. She says softwoods, like pine, aren’t really suitable since their limbs don’t usually grow large or strong enough.

“The limb you choose to hang a swing from should be healthy, roughly 7 feet high or higher, and as horizontal and level as possible,” Koppes says. “If it’s not level, the swing will tend to twist back and forth when you’re on it due to the different rope lengths. If you have questions about whether a tree is suitable for a swing, a local arborist should definitely be consulted first.”

While it’s a common practice to hang a tree swing by wrapping the rope around the limb, Koppes says this causes premature wearing in the rope and can damage the limb and tree by choking off the outer living portion of the limb. She recommends hanging the tree swing by following these directions.

Step 1: Locate a sturdy, healthy tree in your yard with a horizontal limb that is at least 4 inches in diameter and tall enough to allow full motion of your new swing without obstructions.

charles mcgill
10/2/2009 8:15:51 AM

BEWARE of this vendor, Breezy Wooden Swings. My family has had nothing but trouble with their swings and in getting anyone to listen to us at this company. Their first order of business is to charge your credit card. Then, after paying inflated prices for a piece of wood + shipping costs, and finally receiving the swing with messed up ropes, we have been unable to get our money back. Natalie Koppes, the owner, is not the reputable business person you would hope her to be. Once they get your money you're up a creek. Suggest you make a swing yourself or buy one elsewhere.


charles mcgill
10/2/2009 8:15:47 AM

BEWARE of this vendor, Breezy Wooden Swings. My family has had nothing but trouble with their swings and in getting anyone to listen to us at this company. Their first order of business is to charge your credit card. Then, after paying inflated prices for a piece of wood + shipping costs, and finally receiving the swing with messed up ropes, we have been unable to get our money back. Natalie Koppes, the owner, is not the reputable business person you would hope her to be. Once they get your money you're up a creek. Suggest you make a swing yourself or buy one elsewhere.


charles mcgill
10/2/2009 7:59:50 AM

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