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Home Playground Buying Guide

Home Playground Buying Guide

Parents and children alike recognize the value of play. Parents want their children to have a safe and secure play environment. Children just want to have fun. What better place to do both than in your own backyard? Installing play equipment at home is much simpler than you may think.

Playground Kits

Playground Kits

You can have a playground comparable to any city park. Using a project kit takes all of the guesswork out of the job. Home playground project kits allow you to:

  • Tailor your playground equipment to your available space, your personal budget and your children's favorite activities and interests.
  • Change or add accessories as toddlers become adolescents. Swings, rings, slides, towers, climbing walls, sandboxes, ladders and more are available depending on the project kit's specifications.
  • Remove all guesswork as far as parts and instructions. The necessary kit components such as brackets and bolts are included with the kit. You provide lumber and fasteners (nails and screws) as directed.
  • Do the construction yourself. Standard tools are all you need. A circular saw, drill/driver, tape measure, combination square, hammer, pliers and screwdriver should be sufficient. You will also of course need the proper suggested safety equipment such as safety glasses. Depending on the size of the project, construction could take 10-16 hours.
  • Relax when you're finished. All of Lowe's kits follow the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards. Follow the assembly instructions carefully and always keep an eye on children at play.

Shop Playsets and Swing Sets

Home Playground Pointers

  • Determine the number of play activities desired. Project kits offer many variations on the play theme. The traditional swings and slides are favorites, but don't forget to look at components like climbing walls and towers.
  • Measure the space you have available for a play set. You need a 6-ft-8-ft space around the play set as a play zone.
  • Since of course all play should be supervised, the location you choose needs to be a spot you can keep an eye on. Find an area that provides some shade if possible, to protect children from direct sunshine.
Assembling a play set is pretty simple, but the job goes better if you have a helper, especially when hauling and carrying lumber.

Playground Kit Selection

Playground Kit Selection

Once you have in mind the type of play equipment you want and have measured the play area, visit your local Lowe's. Depending on the store's layout, you will find the play set kits at one of several possible locations - outdoors in the garden center or indoors in the lumber and building materials section. Whichever area you find the display, the process is simple.

Always use appropriate fasteners and connectors for your building materials.

Step 1

Choose the project you like best. Each project has a number assigned to it.

Step 2

Give the project number to the sales associate indoors at the Project Desk.

Step 3

The sales associate will provide a printout that becomes your shopping list for lumber and additional fasteners such as nails and screws. The rest of the kit components and hardware (brackets, bolts, etc.) are included with the project.