Designing A Swing Play Area For Your Back Garden

10:20 AM

For children, playing is as important as it is to sit and learn. When growing up, children are often tiresome and full of energy, and yet the only feasible place in their world where they can let it all out is at the school playground. Children running around the home isn’t just dangerous, but it also disrupts your life when you want a little time to yourself after a long day. They can run and hit into cabinets, destroying objects and causing financial damage, without ever having mean to. Yet, even taking them to the park may not rid them of their adrenaline and the need to be excited and thrilled. You can, however, design your own swing play area in your back garden is a great alternative to building a treehouse. Your children can play and push each other while being safe and when you can keep an eye on them.

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Decide and clear

This may be the most fun, family DIY project you’ll ever encounter, but it will take a lot of planning to get it right. Choose a part of your garden which you’re willing to uproot and entirely flatten. Make sure it's an area where there aren’t any dangers such as sharp or garden objects such as near the shed. Pick a spot where there is shade so prolonged playing sessions in the summer, don’t require sun lotion every time. Next, uproot the soil and the grass, and even out the surface. Lay down the foundation, which will keep the structure and surface material steady and in place. Put down between 5 to 10 inches of cushioning material such as mulch or sand and contour it in, by placing your wooden outline to encase it.

The correct safety

Safety must be paramount, as thousands of children are hurt every year by home play equipment. It's vital that not only the design is sound, but that you use modern materials that are still functional and don’t put a damper on the fun but keep in mind proper safety. Call the playground flooring installers, so you can have the same stuff they pour on park and school playgrounds in your back garden. This material prevents scrapes when your children fall, so they don’t rip open their skin and begin to bleed due to the harshness that other surfaces have. Rubbery and bouncy, it's also stable, so you can put your swings on top without having to bore a hole through it. You can also color it any way you want, so get creative with your design and let the children help you.

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What kind of swing

There’s more than just one swing design because as children grow, they won’t be able to fit in the same chair. Furthermore, as their weight increases, the structure itself must be able to take the increased pressure without buckling and causing injury. There are many swing sets, and designs to choose from, and may incorporate a play environment such as a wooden house, so it's more than just a swing, prevent your kids from getting bored easily.


It's a wonderful thing to provide your children with their own play area in the home. Often times parents get grumpy that nothing they do seems to calm their children down, unless it's a long trip to the park so they can run, climb and swing. However, with the luxury of their own swing set at home, with safety in mind, both of parents and children can affirm their bonder even stronger.

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