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It's good to get those kids outside to play, and playsets allow kids to run around, climb, swing, slide, and be generally entertained while developing important physical skills, getting them out of the house and keeping parents a little more sane.
This is often overlooked and unfortunately, what you don't know can and does hurt kids.
More info can be found on our Playset Safety Page and our Playset Surface Safety Page
Basically, your Playset should be child proof so that it doesn't cut, strangle or otherwise mutilate or kill an inappropriately dressed and unsupervised child. Play surfaces should be padded without any stumps, concrete or other items that will crack open a head or impale a falling child.
12 inches of wood chips under a playset and extending out 6 feet in every direction is recommended and required in many places. The safety area in front of and behind a swing is twice the height of the swing mount (four times combined).
Info on the health concerns of sand are discussed below in our Sandbox Page.
CPSC Document #323. "Home Playground Safety Tips."
CPSC Document #324 "Outdoor Home Playground Safety Handbook." 2005.
CPSC Document #1005. "Playground Surfacing Materials."
CPSC Report. "Home Playground Equipment-Related Deaths and Injuries." July 2001.
CPSC Report. "Special Study: Injuries and Deaths Associated with Children's Playground Equipment." April 2001
ASTM F1292, Method to Test Attenuation of Safety Surfacing for Playgrounds
ASTM F2223, Standard Guide for ASTM Standards on Playground Surfacing
ASTM F2373, Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Public Use Play Equipment for Children 6 Months through 23 Months
ASTM F2479, Standard Guide for Specification, Purchase, Installation and Maintenance of Poured-In-Place Playground Surfacing.
Here are some example playsets.
|Dimensions||3' Safety||6' Safety||Product||Footprint|
30' x 35'
|16' x 14'||22' x 20'||28' x 26'||
Congo Excursion 2010 $999.99
|22' x 21.5'||28' x 27.5'||
Empire Fortress Playset $1,199.99
|13'7" x 15’10"||19'7" x 21'10"||25'7" x 27'10"
28' x 30'
Earth Tone Play Center $1,399.99
|11' x 20'||17' x 26'||23' x 32'||
Two-Ring AdventureRedwood Playset 2010 $1,599.99
|27.5' x 21.5'||33.5' x 27.5'||
Twin Titan Fortress Playset $1,599.99
|12' x 21'||18' x 27'||24' x 33'||
Sun Palace Playset $1,799.99
|14' x 20'||20' x 26'||26' x 32'||
Circus 2 Redwood Playset $1,899.99
|19'5" x17'5"||25'5" x23'5"||Manufacture:
Ultra Fortress Play System $2,299.99
|12' x 24'||18' x 30'||24' x 36'||
Pot O' Gold Redwood Playset 2010 $2,299.99
|26' x 21'||32' x 27'||38' x 33'||
Big Skye 2010 Playsystem $2,999.99
|31' x 19'||37' x 25'||43' x 31'||
Ringmaster Redwood Playset $3,999.99
Rainbow Play Systems
Playnation Play Systems
Play Mor Swing Sets
Homeplace Collection Amish craftsmen
Meadowlark Log Homes Log Playset
Exotic Ponds and Patios Bamboo Playset
Cullens Cubbies & Forts Log Fort - Australia
Bears Many Log themed sets and accessories
Homeexpo Huge Listing of Play Sets / Swings
Creative Play Things
Space Saver Sets
For those that want to pack a lot of fun in a small area, you have a few options. Oddly enough, some are more expensive than the larger more "traditional" sets.
Play fort plans
Adventure Forts New Zealand - look very similar to fort above
Limited Space Swing/Fort Combination Plan
Adventure Treehouse with 2 Position Accessory Arm
Play Nation Royal Palace Space Saver Swing Set
Play Nation Tahoe Space Saver
Triumph Bailey Spacer Saver Structure measurements with lower playhouse
Triumph Super Quad with Tire Swing underneath
Gorilla Blue Rindge Space Saver
Swingsetsolutions P-13 - with covered picnic table
Rainbow Including high end sets for mansions with "small" yards
Rainbow Super Sunshine Clubhouse Spacesaver with Picnic Table
Bears Log themed playsets
Making a Tire Swing
Cedar Play Systems
Junior Jym Space Saver Model
Woodplay Spaysets - Big Fun for Small Yards
Do It Yourself Playsets
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 DIY Playset Page for more info.
More info on these little gems can be found on our Castle Playhouse Page
More info on Sandboxes can be found on our Sandbox Page.
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