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Build Your Own Climbing Frame

Thousands of people choose to build their own wooden climbing frames every year. Selwood aims to take make this a hassle free process by providing you with ready-to-build climbing frame kits.

Children Building Wooden Climbing Frame
Home-Build (DIY) climbing frame kits delivered flat packed with everything you need. Including all the wood, hardware and accessories (swings, slide(s), monkey bars).

What you'll need

Firstly, If you're planning on building your own wooden climbing frame then you'll need to do is check that your garden is large enough. Don't worry, kits are available even for those with smaller gardens.

Secondly, you'll need to ensure you have a design that includes all the key play features. These should include activities that your children can do now, plus challenges they'll grow into. A climbing frame is a long term investment, so ensure there's growing room.

Thirdly, you'll need to consider the whether you'll be designing/planning your own kids treehouse, fort or play equipment. Or if you'll be getting a playset kit, in which case will you need to buy accessories (swings or slides), or will the kit include them?

Finally, you'll need to ensure you have the tools to make or build your garden play centre. If using a kit, such as one of our wooden climbing frames then everything's included. You will get all wood, hardware and accessories. The wood is pre-cut, drilled, chamfered, and stained. Plus it comes with an illustrated manual and a 10 year wood warranty.

When considering a climbing frame build in your garden, you need to address some important points. You need to ensure you have the space you have available for play equipment. You also need to consider access items such as sheds, and how you intend to maintain the garden surface.

Dividing your Garden

Many people will not want the garden taken over by children's play equipment, although others think this is what gardens are for. If you have garden decking, flower bed and vegetable patch or anything else garden divides will make you aware of your space before building. Play equipment is best suited to level surfaces, don't build on a slope or undulating area.

Measuring your Garden

Measure your garden ensuring you leave a safety margin. The European guidelines are 1.8m (6ft) around the playset. An area around your set is needed to ensure you, and your children can move around freely. For example, you don't want children to be tempted to cross through a swing area to get back to the slide.

Garden Obstacles

Climbing frames and swing sets are designed to be used on flat and level surfaces. They are not designed to be build on a slope, or undulating surface. We'd advise levelling your garden if you have a slope. We also suggest removing any potential obstacles such as sharp bushes, pathways, tree stumps or fences. All these items could cause injury to running or falling children.

When designing a climbing frame or choosing features to be included on a set there are several considerations. The garden size, the layout dimensions and ages of your children are all important.

Whether a climbing frame is for toddlers or older children will affect the features they would like. Do they love to climb, want to swing, or would they a slide? Also consider growing room. A Selwood Climbing Frame comes with a 10 year wood warranty, so if you plan for them growing you'll only need to buy one. Remember that older children will love monkey bars, swings and a large deck to hangout on with their friends.


Swings are one of the most popular features on our garden play equipment. Many people who buy one of our playsets starts out looking for "children's swing sets". People soon realise the great value of getting a climbing frame which includes swings, slides and an playhouse. This is often much cheaper as one integrated package than multiple items.

Our swing sets also work well with swing accessories, such as trapeze bars, aerobatic bar or 2-child gliders.

Monkey Bars

Kids love monkey bars. They're an excellent way for children to explore their strength and co-ordination. Older kids enjoy the challenge from monkey bars and it is beneficial to their strength, balance and self confidence.

Garden Slides

Slides are one of our most requested features. We have a large selection of climbing frames with slides available. Our slides are manufactured to our specification to ensure they are strong and safe. We sell tube slides and straight slides. Some climbing frames include more than one type of slide so if this is what you children love then they'll be thrilled with these 'slide combo playsets'.


Kids love playhouses because they can pretend to be mum or dad in their own little house. It's their space, and everything is their size, so they can cook up mud soup, flower perfume, or grass cakes. Our Next Generation double forts include a kitchen with play sink and cooker helping their imaginations run wild.

Other Features

Our garden playsets include a huge range of popular accessories such as rockwalls, chalk walls, cabins and more. you can read more about them by clicking here.

features on a climbing frame

Climbing Frame Kits

Our climbing frames come ready to build with all the hardware, wood and accessories. Once you've chosen a playset with the right features, double check to ensure it fits in your garden. Once you order we'll book a delivery (normally 7-10 days from order) and you will receive a fully boxed flat-pack climbing frame kit.


These are ready for home-build kits. We design our products to ensure they are simple and straight forward for even novice DIYers to 'build you own climbing frame'. We include an illustrated manual which are designed specifically for DIY installers. Our designers consider you from the first phase of design. We use the same drill heads wherever possible to saving time changing drills. All wood is pre-cut, pre-drilled and pre-stained, so you just have put together and screw or bolt where instructed. We have even made video build guides for our Next Generation playsets so you can see how each build stage is completed. This will prove invaluable if you get stuck anywhere on the build.


We pre-cut and drill the timber, saving you lots of time. Cut to the correct lengths the wood has been rounded on the edges (chamfered) with no sharp corners that could cut children's hands. Bolt holes are pre-drilled so you know where the frames structural parts join together. This helps ensure your playset will end up level and stable. Remember to check the surface it's placed on is level too. Our Next Generation forts have panelised designs, enabling you to simply place pre-made panels. This saves a huge amount of assembly time, and provides market leading rigidity. We also pre-stain the wood, ensuring it looks great from day one.


Play equipment must have an EN71 European safety certificate if not walk away. Selwood play equipment includes this and ASTM for selling worldwide. We test wood, hardware, plastics and vinyl components. Ensuring low toxicity, while remaining strong and durable. The hardware is resistant to corrosion, and with high tensile strength to withstand years of use. The wood can support multiple children playing at once, as do the plastic accessories. The vinyl and wooden roofs need to be durable against the wind, rain and the sunshine. We recommend taking down vinyl roofs in high winds.

Assembly & Installation

We aim to make assembly as easy and straight forward as possible, including illustrated manuals and video build guides.

Illustrated Instruction Manual & Videos

All of our flat pack climbing frames come with an illustrated owners instruction manual. This manual talks you through the build process in very simple steps, from parts identification, through each stage of the build. The stages of the build are done in simple steps with a mini parts list for each segment. Like any DIY project, preparation is key, we suggest you identify parts before building begins. We have also made a series of video build guides for our wooden garden play equipment.


You'll need a basic DIY kit, including an electric screwdriver, hammer, spirit level, tape measure ratchet heads and square ruler.

Drill, Hammer, Spirt level and other tools needed