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10 Tips To Choose The Perfect Outdoor Playset Or Playground for Your Backyard

We want to help you turn your backyard in to an adventure land for the whole family!

Picture this: Your children's laughter filling the air as they embark on endless adventures, right in your own backyard. The importance of outdoor play cannot be overstated. It is essential for children's physical development, creativity, and for their overall well-being. And what better way to encourage this than with their very own playset or playground? Whether it's a towering slide, a set of swings, an off the ground cubby house or a mini climbing wall, a backyard playset isn't just a structure; it's a gateway to a world of imagination and joy.

Let's dive into how you can pick the perfect playground to transform your backyard into a child's dream come true!

And if you have any questions or need some advice about what would work best for you and your family please contact our team

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1. Assess Your Space 

Before you get swept away by visions of grand swings and play centres, it's time for a reality check with your backyard space. 

  • Start by measuring your available area. It's not just about fitting the playset but also ensuring there's ample room around it for safe play. 
  • Think about the playset's positioning too. It shouldn't be installed too close  to fences or overhanging branches. 
  • A playset needs its own 'play zone'! Remember to consider the terrain – is it level, or will you need to do some landscaping? 
  • Ensuring the playset fits perfectly in your space is key to a safe and enjoyable play experience.

Click here for more tips on selecting the perfect play area.

2. Make It Fun and Secure!

When it comes to playsets, safety trumps everything. Look for designs with smooth edges to prevent scrapes and sturdy construction to withstand all the energetic play. 

  • The materials should be non-toxic and the structure should adhere to safety standards – these are non-negotiable! 
  • Consider the design's age-appropriateness. Features like guardrails on high platforms and safe, reachable steps are crucial. Regular safety checks and maintenance of the playset are also important to ensure it remains a safe haven for fun. 
  • After all, peace of mind for parents translates to unbounded joy for kids! 

3. Pick a Playset That Will Grow With Your Child

Just like a favourite pair of shoes, children will outgrow playsets too. It's important to choose one that's just right for their current age and abilities but also has the potential to adapt as they grow. For toddlers, look for playsets with low structures and simple slides or swings. As kids grow, they crave more challenges – higher slides, complex climbing frames, and adventurous swings. The right playset can be a companion to your child's growth, evolving with their ever-changing needs and interests.

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4. Pick The Perfect Playset Material

The choice of material for your playset is crucial – it influences durability, maintenance needs, and how it blends with your backyard's aesthetic. Let's compare:

  • Wood: There's something timeless about wooden playsets. They blend seamlessly with natural surroundings and are sturdy. However, they require regular maintenance to prevent weather damage and splintering. Think of it as a trade-off for that classic look and feel.

  • Metal: Metal playsets are known for their durability and strength. They're often more affordable and require less maintenance than wood. However, they can get quite hot in the sun and might not have the natural aesthetic that wood offers. 

  • Plastic: Lightweight and low-maintenance, plastic playsets are great for younger children. They come in vibrant colours and are resistant to rot and rust. The downside? They might not withstand the test of time and rough play as well as wood or metal.

Each material has its own set of pros and cons – it's about finding the right balance for your backyard and your family's needs.

5. Ensure Year-Round Fun in Your Backyard

When choosing a playset, consider how it will adapt to different seasons to ensure year-round usability and enjoyment:

  • Weather-Resistant Materials: Select materials that can withstand Australia's notoriously challenging weather conditions, from summer heat to winter frost. This ensures the longevity and safety of the playset throughout the year. 
  • Adaptable Features for Seasons: Consider playsets with features that can be enjoyed in different seasons. For instance, a covered play area for sunny days or a sandpit that can be converted into a snow play area in winter.
  • Easy-to-Update Accessories: Go for playgrounds where you can easily add seasonal accessories, like festive lights for holidays or a water feature for summer. This keeps the playset exciting and relevant all year round. 

6. Add Features And Accessories - The More, the Merrier!

The features of a playset can turn a simple structure into a world of adventure.

  • Slides: Perfect for a thrilling ride down! They promote balance and coordination. 
  • Swings: A backyard classic, swings are great for developing motor skills and giving a sense of freedom. 
  • Climbing Frames: These encourage physical strength and problem-solving skills. Plus, they're a hit with adventurous kids! Click here for more information about the benefits.
  • Monkey Bars: Ideal for developing upper body strength and hand-eye coordination. 
  • Inflatable Water Slides: For an extra dose of fun, consider adding inflatable water play options, such as a jumping castle or slide.

These features not only add to the play value but also aid in physical development. They encourage active play, which is essential for growing kids.

7. Decide If You DIY Or Call In The Pros?

Many playsets today are designed with the DIY enthusiast in mind. While assembly can be a fun family project, it's important to follow instructions closely to ensure safety. If DIY isn't your thing, consider professional installation. 

Once up, regular maintenance is key. Wood might need re-staining or sealing, metal should be checked for rust, and plastic for cracks. Regular checks and upkeep ensure your playset remains a safe and enjoyable space for years to come.

You can find experienced tradespeople or handymen on sites such as AirTasker or Gumtree. 

 Click here for some playset maintenance tips.

8. Make It Yours!

Imagine a playset that reflects your child's personality or matches your backyard theme. Customisation options can make this a reality. From choosing the colour scheme to adding unique features, the possibilities are endless. A customised playset not only adds a personal touch but also enhances the overall appeal of your backyard. It's a chance to be creative and make a playset that's uniquely yours. 

9. Spend Smartly

Investing in a playset is not just a purchase; it's an investment in your child's active play and development. When budgeting, consider not just the initial cost but also long-term value. Here are some tips:

  • Compare Prices and Features: Don't just go for the cheapest option. Compare what each playset offers in terms of durability and features. Sometimes, spending a bit more upfront can save you money in the long run.

  • Think Long-Term: Consider how the playset can grow with your child. Modular playsets might be more expensive initially but offer better value over time as you won't need to replace them. 

  • Maintenance Costs: Factor in maintenance costs, especially for materials like wood, which may require more upkeep.

Remember, the best value playset is one that gets used frequently and stands the test of time. 

10. Choose Where to Buy

The best place to purchase your dream playset? Right here with us! The Best Backyard offers:

  • A Wide Selection: From wooden wonders to marvellous metal, we have playsets to suit every taste and backyard size. Explore our range.
  • Quality Assurance: We stand by the quality of our products, ensuring you get the best value for your investment.
  • Expert Advice: Unsure about what to choose? Our customer support team can guide you to the perfect playset for your family.

Choose convenience, quality, and excellent customer service by shopping with us.

The Joy Of Backyard Play

Choosing the right playset for your backyard is a journey filled with considerations - from safety and age appropriateness to materials, features, and budget. But the reward is immeasurable: a world of adventure and development for your children, right in the safety of your backyard. Remember that the best playset is one that:

  • Fits your space, 
  • Meets your child's needs, 
  • Brings endless joy and laughter to your family. 

Embrace the adventure, and watch as your backyard transforms into a hub of delightful memories and playful learning. Let the backyard fun begin!

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