For families that are looking for a fun way to get outside and burn off some energy, public playgrounds are a classic choice. Unfortunately, the playground isn’t always right next door, and there just isn’t time to pack everyone into the car and make an event out of it every day. Because of this, Americans have increasingly turned to installing their own swing sets, slides, and climbing structures in their backyards.
Since there’s such a wide variety of great choices available to parents today, it can be tough to know how to pick the best swing set for your kids. By asking yourself a few specific questions, you’ll be able to narrow down your options to ensure that your kids have the best play experience you can offer.
How many kids will be playing?
If you have several children, or you plan to host playdates, it might be a good idea to get a larger or more complex swing set that offers a wider variety of entertainment options. This way a whole group of kids won’t be forced to stand around taking turns on a single swing, which could quickly turn into a dramatic situation.
How old are your kids?
Swings for children under 4 should have supportive child-seats to ensure their safety. If you have multiple children, you may want at least 2 swings on your set to accommodate the older as well as the younger kids. Also, you may want to choose a more customizable swing set, that allows you to relatively easily exchange the child seat for a regular one later on.
What kinds of Materials do you Prefer?
People often prefer playsets made of wood for aesthetic reasons. This isn’t a problem, but it’s also a decision that should be made with care. Some manufacturers use inexpensive, low quality lumber, which can give off painful splinters and require a lot of regular maintenance to prevent deterioration and weathering. Because of this, parents who like the look of a wooden frame need to do careful research to ensure that their playset is made of high quality lumber that resists weathering.
Other material choices require less specific research, but also come with their own downsides. Steel structures, for example, can get very hot when exposed to the sun for hours during the summer, so parents need to be sure that their kids won’t come into direct contact with exposed metal during regular use.How Will You Handle Installation?
If you don’t already happen to have some relevant experience, and you plan to install your new swing set yourself, it’s important to choose a one that’s simple enough for you to assemble and install correctly. A complex swing set kit complete with a fort, slide, and climbing equipment might have thousands of individual parts. Putting something like this together takes a significant amount of skill, and days worth of labor, even for professionals.