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Playset Safety

Play Surface Safety

DIY Playsets


DIY Playsets


Image Credit web.archive


There are plenty of reasons to make your own playset.  Perhaps you have a challenging yard configuration and can't find a playset that will "fit".  Perhaps you don't want to fork out thousands of US Dollars for the playset you want.  Perhaps you want the coolest set around with a configuration that isn't available.  Perhaps you just want to build your own set.


See our Playsets Page for more on Playsets



DIY Kits and Plans:


Play fort plans

Kids Trapdoor Fort (Web Archive and purchase-011s

buildeazy.com  playfort_1 also see woodworx.co.nz  forts.htm

buildeazy.com  diy_shop_fort_climbwall

Cool Forts  free kid clubhouse designs

Build a Backyard Play Structureure

6'x6' Stockade Playfort

Building a children's play structure

Detailed Play Systems DIY Kits and Accessories

Backyard City Wooden Set Kits & Plans

Jack's Backyard Do-It-Yourself Wood Fort and Swing Set Plans

DIY Network How to Build a Double Decker Playhouse

Swing-N-Slide  Hardward Kits, just and 4x4 Kits and Accessories

Play Providers (web.archive) Commercial hardware

Instructables  DIY Raised Fort

Detailed PlayPlay Kits and Accessories

Playset Junciton DIY Plans

L & R Designs DIY Plans

How to Install a Backyard Play Structure

The Fort Project (web.archive)

2 Story Fort Playhouseouse

DIY Play UK site with Kits and Accessories - "Rope Bridge"

25 Free Backyard Playground Plans for Kids: Playsets, Swingsets, Teeter Totters and More!

Build a Playgound Slide (was this)

Building a Stand-Alone Swing Frame  (web.archive)

Rohan's Playset is Almost Done

ACE Hardwareware

Biggest Play Fort Ever

Ugliest Fort Ever

emmadan.co.uk (Poorly Archived)

Mr. Crow Builds His Dream Houseouse

Homemade Wooden Playhouses

How To Built A Carport

Telephone Pole Forts 

Wheaton Big Truck (Poor Archive)


Adventure Tower  make-digital pg 178



Converters for Measurements and Planning:


Feet/Inch/Meter Converter

 =  Feet   +   Inches



Decimal to Fraction Converter




Fraction to Decimal Converter






Angle/Side Calculator

Angle Units:














Common Wood Dimensions

Nominal Actual Actual - Metric
1" x 2" 3/4" x 1-1/2" 19 x 38 mm
1" x 3" 3/4" x 2-1/2" 19 x 64 mm
1" x 4" 3/4" x 3-1/2" 19 x 89 mm
1" x 5" 3/4" x 4-1/2" 19 x 114 mm
1" x 6" 3/4" x 5-1/2" 19 x 140 mm
1" x 7" 3/4" x 6-1/4" 19 x 159 mm
1" x 8" 3/4" x 7-1/4" 19 x 184 mm
1" x 10" 3/4" x 9-1/4" 19 x 235 mm
1" x 12" 3/4" x 11-1/4" 19 x 286 mm
1-1/4" x 4" 1" x 3-1/2" 25 x 89 mm
1-1/4" x 6" 1" x 5-1/2" 25 x 140 mm
1-1/4" x 8" 1" x 7-1/4" 25 x 184 mm
1-1/4" x 10" 1" x 9-1/4" 25 x 235 mm
1-1/4" x 12" 1" x 11-1/4" 25 x 286 mm
1-1/2" x 4" 1-1/4" x 3-1/2" 32 x 89 mm
1-1/2" x 6" 1-1/4" x 5-1/2" 32 x 140 mm
1-1/2" x 8" 1-1/4" x 7-1/4" 32 x 184 mm
1-1/2" x 10" 1-1/4" x 9-1/4" 32 x 235 mm
1-1/2" x 12" 1-1/4" x 11-1/4" 32 x 286 mm
2" x 4" 1-1/2" x 3-1/2" 38 x 89 mm
2" x 6" 1-1/2" x 5-1/2" 38 x 140 mm
2" x 8" 1-1/2" x 7-1/4" 38 x 184 mm
2" x 10" 1-1/2" x 9-1/4" 38 x 235 mm
2" x 12" 1-1/2" x 11-1/4" 38 x 286 mm
3" x 6" 2-1/2" x 5-1/2" 64 x 140 mm
4" x 4" 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" 89 x 89 mm
4" x 6" 3-1/2" x 5-1/2" 89 x 140 mm



Building Steps


Step One

Research the various commercial and home built playsets that are out there.  Browse through the links on our Playsets Page and get an idea of what others think a playset should look like.


Step Two

Look at the yard or area where you think you want a playset.   Take careful measurements.


Step Three

Read up on Playset Safety.  You really should have soft stuff under your playset (Play Surface Safety) and a 6 foot perimeter that doesn't have any protruding or hard objects. 


Step Four

Compare your proposed site measurements with the safety guidelines you researched and determine how much area you really have to work with.


Step Five

Go back and take a relook at the play sets that you liked and the ones that weren't big enough.  Figure out what will fit and what you can afford.  You may need to compromise on playset size, configuration, location or even safety.  Safety is unfortunately compromised more than the others.


Step Six

Do you still want to build your own set?  Is there a set that is within your budget that will fit your needs and only needs assembly or a phone call and credit card?


Step Seven

Take what you know now and draw up plans.



Configuration of Playset


Overall structure


Fort Frame Design

The frame must be strong enough to hold your playset accessories and the abuse of several evil children without collapsing on them.










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