As a 5′ 9” guy who loves to play basketball, I can assure you that height is important!

Few things are more annoying than executing a perfect box out only to have the 6′ 5” guy you are guarding casually reach over your head and grab the rebound.
But how about swing sets? Is a taller tower always better?

King Swings offers four main deck heights: 5′, 6′, 7′, and 9′. We also offer double decks that have two heights built-in. Let’s look at our different options and list out the pros and concerns with the different deck heights.

Apologies; this will be a long blog post.

5’ Towers


  •  The classic tower height
  •  Great for younger kids or a mixture of ages
  • Wide selection of slides and climbers
  • Can have monkey bar swing beam


  • Can’t attach 10′ high swing beam
  • Headspace under the tower can be tight for taller kids
  • Hammock swings can’t hang under the tower

6’ Towers


  • Taller slides and climbers provide better challenges
  • More headspace under the tower
  • Taller than 5′ but still a little-kid friendly
  • Can have a 10′ high beam


  • If you want a monkey bar swing beam, it must be a perpendicular style,
    not attached to the tower
  • A limited selection of slides unless you have a playhouse
  • Hammock swings can’t hang under the tower

7’ and 9’ Towers


  • Great for older kids and adventurous little ones
  • Great selection of fast slides and soaring climbers
  • Impressive to behold
  • Lots of headspace under the tower


  • No monkey bars unless you do the perpendicular kind
  • Depending on the set, the overall height can be over 15′
  • Not great for children under 3 years old

Double Deck Towers


  • Extremely versatile
  • Great for all age ranges
  • Impressive
  • Can have monkey bars or high beam depending on which double deck is used


  • Take up more space than a single tower

All of our standard sets have their deck heights listed in the description so this guide will hopefully help steer you towards the perfect set for your family.

Also, we can raise and lower deck heights on standard sets. Just because the set you like doesn’t have the tower height you really wanted; we can easily change that!

If you have more questions, give us a call, chat, or email. We would love to help you out!

Justin Doutrich

Dad to three kids, Justin knows how important it is for children to get lots of physical exercise. His time as a school teacher reinforced that idea. He is passionate about creating fun, enjoyable playgrounds that are safe but full of learning opportunities.

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