Building a Wooden Playset: What Equipment Should You Include?

Wooden playsets are a great way for your child to get regular exercise and have fun. When it comes to building your own playset, there are many equipment options to choose from. The ideal playset has equipment that can grow with your child to their interest. Playsets can be easily adapted for different backyard sizes and styles. A good place to start is with playset plans. You can pull different equipment ideas to make your own customized playset.

Before beginning any wooden playsetsproject, it is important to make sure there is plenty of space for it in your backyard. Measure the dimensions and be sure to leave sufficient room for moving swings. Make sure they are not obstructed by tree branches. Also, make sure that the ground is level all the way around the area where you plan to build your playset.    

Swing Set

A swing set is a must for any size wooden playset because they are a kid favorite. There are many varieties of swings for different age groups. There are also replacement swings that can be fitted for different age groups and adjusted as your child grows. In addition to traditional swings, children also enjoy tire swings, rope swings and double-seat seesaw swings. Including extra swings will be a plus for when your child invites friends over to play. There are a few other popular swing additions, including gliders, gymnastic rings or trapeze swings.

Climbing Gear

Many children love to climb, and there are numerous options for climbing equipment to include in your playset. Multi-level decks and wooden steps are good for younger children. Monkey bars are also a good choice. They are available in different levels of difficulty for different age groups. For older kids, you can add rope ladders or even small rock-climbing walls to one section of the playset. Hanging ropes with knots are also a great way for older elementary-age children to build upper body strength and gain confidence at the same time.   


There are many accessories that can be added to a playset. A few examples are toy periscopes, bubble windows, toy binoculars, and spinning tic-tac-toe panels. These kinds of accessories keep young children playing for hours and can also be easily upgraded and replaced as your child gets older. Also, a sandbox works well for a playset and will entertain many different types of age groups.

One of the most popular accessory is a slide. They come in many different shapes and sizes and can have a straight slope or it can be variations on a corkscrew shape. Older kids can also enjoy their own balance beam as part of a wooden playset, and this can be built easily by stapling a section of felt over the top and sides of a wooden beam to prevent splinters. There are many different accessories that you can add to a playset to make it your own. You can use your imagination to make it the best playset for your needs.