Often when customers purchase a selwood climbing frame it is the first time they have bought such a large structure for their garden. There are a few things you can do to prepare your garden for your new addition’s arrival. Here are our tips for getting your garden swing set ready.
- Firstly and most importantly check the dimensions of your garden against the dimensions of the climbing frame. Make sure there is ample space. We suggest a diameter of 1.5m is left around the playset. This will allow kids to swing freely and race around it safely. This is, however, just a suggestion and by no means a requirement.
- Then set to work clearing the area. Trimming back any overhanging shrubbery and excess debris. It may be a good idea to cut the grass too.
- It would also be a good idea to make sure there is a clear path for the delivery men to take your goods through to the back garden. If the path isn’t clear they could cause themselves injury or even refuse to continue.
- We understand that not all gardens are like bowling greens. However substantial or steep inclines or declines may be dangerous. There is the option of placing the climbing frame into the ground so it ends up levelling out. However if you do decide to do this bear in mind children will need space below the swings to swing and the wood below the ground will be more susceptible to rot and decay.
- Adding bark chipping or rubber matting is by no means essential and many of our customers just place their climbing frames directly on grass. Of course we strongly advise you do not place your frame onto concrete for a wide range of safety reasons. If you do wish to add any extra flooring this should be done once the climbing frame is built and in place.
- Which raises another point – Give some thought to where you want to place your climbing frame. If you have the luxury of choosing an appropriate spot we suggest somewhere where it is visible from the house, so in line with a kitchen window or patio doors. It is also a good idea to place it away from a neighbour’s fence.
These are of course just suggestions but we do like to think we know a little about climbing frames. Our frames have 10 year guarantees so it’s important to get it right from the beginning.