Buyer's Guide

Purchasing a playset for your children is an investment with unlimited return value.  A family playset provides a place for kids to use their imaginations and energy to build their minds and muscles. Once you’ve decided that you want to provide this kind of fun, healthy outdoor entertainment for your family, you may be overwhelmed with your options. Here is a guide to help you choose the best playset for your family.


There are many different kinds of playsets available for your family’s needs. First you’ll need to decide on whether a complete playset or a do-it-yourself playset is right for you.A complete playset comes with everything you need, including the lumber, hardware, and accessories like slides, swings, etc. It would be delivered to your home in sections with an instruction manual on how to assemble it. Because of the size of playsets, they will all have some assembly required. You may expect about 6-8 hours of assembly time on a large, complete playset.

A do-it-yourself playset usually has all the components required except the lumber. You would receive all the hardware and accessories for your playset and just provide your own lumber. You may have to buy your own large accessories like slides.

This is a great option for the do-it-yourself parent who would take pride in building their children’s playset from scratch. The time commitment would be longer than with a complete set, but for those that enjoy this type of project it’s worth it. The cost savings is a good incentive too.

Once you have decided on whether to purchase a build-your-own or a complete playset, you’ll want to look at other options. Playsets come in many sizes and shapes and with many feature options.

2) Size

When it comes to size, consider the number of children that will be playing on it at the same time. Include all your children plus their friends, neighborhood kids, other family, etc. You’ll want to make sure there is enough space for everyone to have an activity.

3) Features

For the features, consider their ages. The youngest of children can enjoy swinging in an infant or toddler swing, while older kids might like a rock-climbing wall, tube-slides or monkey bars. Fort-style playsets with large play decks and accessories like wheels and telescopes can spark imagination in kids of all ages and keep them entertained for hours.

4) Safety

Don’t forget to consider safety features. Accessories like safety handles are a great way to give kids something extra to grab onto and are especially helpful to smaller children when climbing and playing. Some playsets include a set of safety handles but you can easily add more around the playset to give kids and extra hand.

Safety mats are also great to put under swings and at the bottom of slides. They provide a nice spot to “land” on and also help to keep mulch in place.  Safety pads are another safety accessory that can be easily added to corners and posts to soften the edges.

5) Future

You can add on to your playset area with freestanding items like swing beams, sandboxes, and seesaws, playhouses, picnic tables and more. You can also add more accessories like trapeze bars, binoculars and tic tac toe panels. There are so many great options available for your children’s entertainment and creativity.

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