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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?

Home Playset.

Home Playset Kits

Playset.

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 Playset 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.
Good to Know

Assembling a playset is pretty simple, but the job goes better if you have a helper, especially when hauling and carrying lumber.

Home Playset 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.

Caution

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.

Playground and Playset Safety

  • Supervise children at all times. Stop dangerous behavior before injuries occur.
  • Install 4-by-4 corner posts to stabilize the play deck by minimizing the side-to-side sway motion that less substantial dimensional lumber may sometimes allow. A-frame legs are important, too, since they provide a firm footing for the swing beam.
  • Choose age-appropriate accessories to complement your children's ages. Gradually change age-appropriate accessories as they grow. Kids under the age of five shouldn't play on anything above 5 feet. If they can't climb a wall or swing on their own, then they're not ready for this toy yet.
  • Consider your yard space when you choose your playset. You need a cleared area that extends 6 feet from all sides of your playset and its accessories. For swings, allow cleared space that extends at least twice the height of the swing beam.
  • Provide proper, soft surfaces to protect your children in a fall. Loose-fill materials (mulch, wood chips, sand or fine gravel) are recommended, and they should extend at least 6 feet in all directions. The proper fill depth is 9 to 12 inches, depending on the type of material.
  • Make sure your playset doesn't include spaces between 3 1/2 inches and 9 inches. These spaces could trap a child.
  • Separate play zones to avoid collisions, and allow sufficient room for children to dismount from toys without hitting another accessory or a child.
  • Anchor ropes and chains (except those used for swings) at both ends, so they can't be looped back on themselves to reduce the risk of strangulation.
  • Firmly close all S hooks to prevent a swing accessory from detaching or entangling with clothing.
  • Examine the set frequently to make sure guardrails or other barriers are intact. Remove trip hazards, like tree stumps, roots, toys and rocks, from the play area.
  • Make sure all pieces of the playset are in good condition. Look for loose fasteners, protruding bolts or worn chains, ropes or other hardware.
  • Remove worn-out or neglected playsets immediately to prevent accidents.

Kids' Safety Rules for Playsets

Teach your children safe play rules:

  • Look: Never run behind or in front of someone who's swinging.
  • Share: Take turns on swings, climbers, and slides.
  • Dry It: Don't play on a wet playset.
  • Be Nice: Don't shove, push or roughhouse.