There are many problems in the selection of materials and placement space for kids' swings. Sometimes it is because a detail in the installation process is not paid attention to, which will cause the swing to appear unstable in the future. Here are five tips for installing a children's swing.
Select a Location for the Kids Swing Set
Kids run around, climb on and jump on and off a swing set, so the biggest consideration in installing a kid swing set is located. A flat area with plenty of run-around room is ideal. You’ll also want to think about visibility. It’s great when parents can see the swing set from several windows in the house so you can keep an eye on children as they play. Installing a playset away from the street and in a more secluded location is also good for privacy and safety.
Following are a few other considerations:
(1)Stay away from underground utility lines, sprinklers, and septic tanks. The last thing you want to do is move a swing set to address maintenance issues.
(2)Install the outdoor swing set away from overhead obstacles such as power lines, roof overhangs, and tree limbs.
(3)Choose a location with at least six feet of open space on all sides so that kids can run and play freely.
(4)If you’re planning to install the protective surfacing, measure the height of the top bar then extend the surfacing the same distance from the front and the back of the swing set.
(5)Watch sun exposure. Bars and metal pieces get hot in direct sunlight. A slide that faces north will receive the least direct sunlight.
Swing Set Size and Design
Figure out the activities your child enjoys to determine what types of features and add-ons to choose. Remember that space considerations can also limit the size and features of your swing set.
Outdoor playground sets are available in wood, metal, and vinyl-coated frames, and can add to a variety of activities.
(1)Wood swing sets, though durable and attractive, require maintenance. Redwood is known for its beauty but generally costs more.
(2)Metal playground sets are significantly easier to maintain but can heat up in the summer sun.
(3) Vinyl-coated playsets are low-maintenance but the wood frame is prone to rot underneath the protective vinyl layer. Vinyl-coated playsets will also crack when exposed to heat over time.
Other considerations to keep in mind:
(1)To maximize use, choose a deck height of at least 5 feet so that your child won’t outgrow the swing set. If you won’t need the playset to accommodate children past age eight, a 4-foot deck height will work.
(2)Don’t skimp on safety. Make sure the design you choose incorporates standard safety features such as commercial-grade recessed hardware, rounded or capped corners, and solid swing beams and base posts.
(3)Trapezes, firemen poles, and climbing walls are not recommended for children under 4 years.
Prepare installation space
Once you’ve decided where you’ll install your swing set, you’ll want to prep the space for installation. This includes:
(1)Clearing away any debris.
(2)Moving hazards to children away from the area.
(3)Measuring the space to ensure children have ample room to jump from and run around the swing set.
Level Ground for Swing Set
Any backyard playground DIY project should have a level base to provide a safe area for your children to play. Swing set anchors are designed to keep the unit in place but if there is any slope, you'll need to level the yard to prevent the playground equipment from tipping over.
(1)Measure and mark the perimeter of the playground area. Place a wooden stake at each corner and outline the area with twine or string tied between the stakes.
(2)Use a carpenter’s level to determine the strings are level and adjust as necessary.
(3)Remove grass and dirt within the outlined area with a shovel, beginning at the highest point.
(4)Gauge the depth by measuring from the twine to the base of the hole. The depth depends on the type of cushioning material used.
(5)Place a carpenter's level in several locations within the hole to make sure the base is level.
Install shock-absorbing surface
After installing a swing set and anchors, you will need to install a shock-absorbing surface to cushion children at play. Protective material should be at least 9-inches to 12-inches deep, depending on the playset deck height.
After the children's swing is installed, children also need to follow some safe operation guidelines during use, especially some younger children who must be accompanied by their parents when they are playing. If you want to know more about children's swing after reading the above, you can contact us for a comprehensive solution.
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