Buying a climbing frame can be a tricky business but we try our hardest to make the difficult decision making as easy as possible. We pride ourselves on giving you as much choice as possible. We know that everyone has different tastes and manufacture selwood tries cover them all, needs and garden size so there should be a climbing frame to suit everyone. From frame to frame and wooden swing set to wooden swing set, features vary. One such feature is the rock wall. We sell three different types of rock wall and to help you make an informed decision here is a little about their differences and suitability.
The Slatted Rock wall
The most common rock wall which features on our climbing frames is the slatted rock wall or rock wall ladder. This is perfect for younger climbers as it features gaps between the slats as well as the rocks. The gaps are there for those less confident climbers who may want to use the slats as footholds to help them climb. The professional style plastic rocks which are moulded perfectly to fit small hands, offer a slightly more challenging climb than a standard step ladder.
The Solid Rockwall
The solid rockwall features on some of our larger sets so is invariably higher than the slatted rock wall.The solid rock wall does not have any gaps in it and so is better suited to older children. Without the slats the climb is more challenging and the professional style rocks must be used to reach the upper play deck. The plastic rocks are also moulded perfectly for children’s hands so they can grip easily onto them as they clamber up. The solid rock wall features fun multi-coloured rocks.
The Arlington featuring the Solid Rock wall
The Wavy Rockwall
The wavy rock wall is again more typically used on our larger frames and so is higher than the slatted rock wall. It also uses multi coloured rocks which are a fun and eye-catching addition. There is also no gaps between the slats. The main difference between the solid rock wall and the wavy rock wall is, you may have already guessed from the name, the fact that it features some very fun waves in it. This makes the climb that little bit more challenging and so we suggest those frames with wavy rockwalls for those with older children. Children aged 3 or 4 may need the slats in the rock wall to help them climb up it. We would also recommend those frames with wavy rockwalls to families with several children. Keeping the features that little bit more challenging means that as children grow up they do not outgrow their playset so several siblings can get full use of it over time.
For more information on how to choose your climbing frame please read our dedicated slide blog post here