How to build a playground?

Manufacturers offer more than ever a wide range of games, enough to meet the needs of kids of all ages. However, be careful not to aim at the first sled!

This space must be carefully planned so that a childhood dream does not turn into a nightmare for parents.

1. Location
Strive for a flat surface

Before buying game modules, you should carefully study the area where they will be located. We prefer above all a flat surface, for obvious reasons of stability, in case we want to set up a seesaw or a slide. The various elements must be spaced at least 2 m apart to allow better movement of children and, if necessary, to avoid accidents. Also for this reason, they try not to place the installations too close to hedges, house walls or even trees. However, you shouldn’t try to stray too far from them because they provide a welcome freshness in the summer season. Finally, do not forget to keep the green area or garden, the playground should not monopolize the entire available surface.

2. Coating
Multiply Soil Types

For a full-fledged playground, you need not one, but several floor coverings. As for the overall surface of this space, we choose grass – we definitely choose a lawn that is resistant to trampling and other children’s rolling – or sand. To prevent any kind of injury, at certain points, such as the exit from the slide or the underside of swings and other equipment, a coating is added that can cushion the fall. Most often it is a rubber or plastic tile. Available in several colors, they not only give the playground a decorative look, but also allow you to visually distinguish between different areas of the playground. On the other hand, avoid hard floors such as concrete, tile, or gravel, which, despite their durability, can be dangerous.

3. Equipment
Satisfy young and old

The key to a successful playground is durability. Therefore, it is necessary to purchase equipment that could satisfy children of all ages. For the little ones, the sandbox is a must. Usually it is wood or plastic. Choose models with a cover to protect the sand from bad weather or animal droppings. For the older ones, the portico remains a great classic. If you want to make sure that children won’t leave it after a few years, you can also install a multifunctional station. In addition to swings, an exercise machine, or a slide, there are other amenities such as a hut, a climbing wall, or even a climbing net. In the summer, you can also add detachable items such as a table, hammock or tent to further diversify your activities.

4. Security
Check game status

If the fun aspect is important, then the safety of this space must also and above all. The Bureau of Accident Prevention (BPA) notes that 8,700 children are injured on the playground every year – they only realize the danger from the age of 10. Therefore, this space is installed as close to home as possible. It should be visible from the window so that you can regularly monitor the kids. We make sure to buy equipment that complies with the SN EN 1176 standard, as indicated by the BPA. This standard guarantees a high level of safety and health requirements for installations. Game modules should be checked regularly and defective items should be repaired or replaced. Finally, we make sure that children do not wear helmets or keys around their necks, as they may accidentally suffocate themselves.