Having your own backyard playground set can be a dream come true for your family—especially if you’ve been looking for a way to get the kids outside more often. However, there are a few factors you should consider when purchasing a playground set.
1. Materials - Outdoor play sets come in a wide variety of materials, which can impact everything from your set’s appearance and price to its durability. Outdoor wooden play sets are most commonly available in cedar, redwood, and pine—each of which offers varying levels of durability and value. Balance your needs and budget so you can buy quality wood that will last for years.
2. Base Type - Most outdoor wooden play sets come with either a square base or angle base. The different bases allow for different features to be integrated into your playground set. For example, square bases commonly feature picnic tables and clubhouses, while angle bases provide more below-deck space for features like a tire swing or rock wall.
3. Deck Height - How tall is your playground set? The deck height (which measures the distance from the main deck to the ground) can range from 4 to 8 feet and will impact how much space your outdoor wooden play sets take up in your yard (as well as how much they cost). Larger play sets are typically a better choice for installations with slides—and for use by older children.
4. Safety - As valuable as the above features are, no parent wants to buy an unsafe playground set for their children. Make sure that your backyard playground is constructed from solid, pre-sanded wood beams and commercial-grade hardware. Frames built with 4x4 wood beams will generally provide the strength and durability to hold up under continual use.