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Wooden Swing Sets - A Parenting Decision You Can Feel Good About

May 9, 2008
Remember how much fun it was when you were a child and you would go to the park and get to play on the playground with the swings and big slides? You kept wishing that you could have that playground in your own backyard. With today's wooden swing sets, it is possible to have a sophisticated playground right in your own backyard for your children to enjoy. You will also have the security of knowing that a wooden swing set is more stable than the metal A-frame designs. You even have the ability to tailor your swing set to the age of your children, changing components as they grow.

Once you decide to purchase a swing set, one of the first considerations you will need to make is whether or not you want to custom design it. With so many styles and designs available, you may find one (or more) that is perfect for your children. Think about the activities that you know your kids enjoy. If they like climbing, a rock wall and monkey bars are necessities. If they enjoy playing in contained spaces, such as homemade fort or clubhouse, you may want to include one as part of the swing set.

Many children are intimidated by heights. While they often grow out of this, you will want to consider this fear in your swing set purchase. Many designs include several tiered levels that are exited from tall slides. There are many features that can be used to reach these elevations, including ladders, rock walls, and ramps. The beauty of wooden swing sets is that these features can be easily changes, so consider what may be the easiest and safest for your children until they become comfortable with the heights.

Many people enjoy designing the entire layout of their swing set. If you fall into this category, your shopping will involve finding the accessories that you need, such as swings, monkey bars, and slides. Again, wood swings sets make it easy to change these features to enhance the value and enjoyment of the swing set. You will also need to find the hardware necessary, so consider a source that packages as many of these items together as possible.

There are many swing set kits that you can purchase that include all of the materials that you need, including the lumber. The advantage to these sets is that the wood is pre-cut and pre-drilled, so the assembly is easy. While the swing set kit is made for its specific architecture, you still have the option to substitute parts, such as swings. Swing belts are great for older children, but if you have a toddler, a bucket swing may be more appropriate for now. For some variation, consider substituting a standard swing for a glider or tire swing. You can also find many items to accessorize other parts of your swing set, from ship wheels to tic-tac-toe panels.

Regardless of whether you create your own design or choose a pre-designed model, today's wooden swing sets are sturdy and customizable, making them the perfect backyard accessory for your children, and one that they can participate in the planning of. You will feel confident knowing that the swing set is made of durable wood that will keep it strong and looking great for many years.
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PlayNation manufactures swing sets and accessories. Gorilla Playsets also manufactures swing sets and swing set accessories.
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