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How to pick the right swing set for your yard

An outdoor swing set is a great way to keep kids entertained and exercised. For decades, parents have taken their kids to playgrounds to tire them out. But with the right swing set in your own backyard, you can tire out the kids without leaving the house!

With an impressive amount of choices and options, how are you suppose to choose the right one for your family?

With an impressive amount of choices and options, how are you suppose to choose the right one for your family?

Think long term

As kids grow up and change, their swing set needs will evolve. It’s always a good idea to invest in a set that has plenty of accessories, so that you can continue to transform it as the kids get bigger. When it comes to small wooden swing sets, be sure to pick a good quality wood that will last over time.

Know your space

Just because you have a small or unusually-shaped yard doesn’t mean you have to forego the swing set of your kids’ dreams. There are plenty of small wooden swing sets that will fit in your space. Try to remove any obstacles from the space, like debris on the ground or low hanging tree branches. Make sure your swing set is placed in an area where it can be conveniently seen and supervised.



Consider your options

There are several factors to consider when getting a swing set. Do your research on the hardware strength and quality of materials. One of the advantages of many wooden swing sets is the ability to change it as the kids grow. The swingset can go from fort to pirate ship with the addition of a few fun accessories. Keep in mind the complexity of the structure, and whether you will need to hire professionals to install it or you can do it yourself.



Don’t forget about safety

Regardless of price, materials, or ease of assembly, the single most important factor to keep in mind is safety. This extends beyond the swing set itself, but also the space around it. Be sure to build the swing set on level ground and then cover the area beneath it with a protective surface like mulch. Check that your swing set complies with the safety regulations of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, especially when it comes to the height of the swing set and platforms, usage of guard rails, and the spacing and sizing of ladders, rungs, and swings.

With these useful tips in mind, you are sure to find a swing set match made in backyard heaven.


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