Kids adore the freedoms and challenges posed by climbing frames and no garden is too small for a frame of some kind. If you’re planning a DIY climbing frame build, though, you’ll need to think very carefully about all aspects of your installation before even creating your design.
Check out the pointers below prior to beginning work on the DIY climbing frame build you purchase because once you get started then it’s a pain having to take apart all your hard work, or worse having to order replacement parts.
We’re in the climbing frame business and offer you the following tips to consider prior to starting work on your personal climbing frame design and build:
Planning, or lack of planning, will make or break your DIY climbing frame installation. Some aspects you’ll need to consider when planning your climbing frame include
In summary, it has to be said if you’re not a particularly keen DIY handyman then building a climbing frame for kids is probably something that’s best left to experts like Gardenatics.
The design of your climbing frame needs to address a number of issues, including safety, space, potential impact on your neighbours and the durability of your frame. If your proposed climbing frame build is too high you could fall foul of local planning regulations, so you need to consider all aspects of your design thoroughly before starting any work on the frame.
Designing a great frame that is weather-resistant and provides a host of fantastic play options for kids takes time, but if you are prepared to put in the effort to create a custom-built climbing frame for the kids in your life, you’ll appreciate the rewards offered just as you let the tribe loose on this new outdoor activity frame.
Likewise buying a ready-made climbing frame kit can be a shortcut to getting a frame in the garden, but be prepared to think carefully about the position, any geographic issues in terms of gradients, trees and boundaries. Kits only work when they fit your space precisely, because they normally only fit one way.
An added aspect to the design of your frame is ensuring it’s a perfect fit for kids as they mature. When you choose to build a small climbing frame for tots and younger children, you need to consider the longer term. That 3 ft toddler may become a large teenager before you realise it, so take time to plan the structure carefully.
Our view is that smaller children will play on larger frames, but this doesn’t work the other way round – so go as big as you dare.
There are a variety of points to consider on safety. You should think about the height of the frame and how to best protect all of the children that will play on the structure. Guard rails and netting should be planned if you’re building a tall frame. This will prove particularly essential if smaller kids or tots will be playing on the structure.
If your kids are constantly playing with other local children the frame will become the most popular playground in the neighbourhood from the moment it’s first installed, so you should consider how it can best accommodate large groups of children that are likely to be running around, climbing the frame and playing on swings, gliders or slides.
Also consider carefully line of sight from your house, particularly with younger children, as you may want to be able to see what is happening on your frame so that you can act should any issues arise.
Work out the types of activities your kids enjoy most and gear your climbing frame to the individuals in your family. The children may like swinging, scrambling, climbing or even daydreaming in their own private den.
A custom-built climbing frame can incorporate their favourite play elements alongside new and different activities which will provide challenges and also introduce new play elements into their busy lifestyles.
We tend to find that boys prefer more active ‘assault course’ and water fight type of play. Some even use the swing frame as a football goal. Whereas girls tend to use the climbing frame for creative social play, so playhouses, cladding and accessories can come into their own.
So, by concentrating first on what your kids enjoy, you can get the right types of play setup for your family and their friends.
Adding essential accessories to your climbing frame turns a good climbing frame build into an excellent play structure that wouldn’t look out of place in a playground or kids play facility. There are a variety of accessories you can add to your frame, including cargo nets, rock walls, climbing poles, secret ladders and different types of slides. You’ll need to ensure your climbing frame design meets all specifications for any accessories you plan to add to the structure.
Creating your custom-designed climbing frame and building the structure in your garden will be a rewarding job for any parent or grandparent who has great DIY skills and hearing the excited screams and shouts of the kids as they play on the frame is something you won’t forget.
Take time to plan and design the best possible structure you can envisage and your kids or grandkids will enjoy many happy hours of play and learn to push their agile bodies to extremes.
If, however, you want to get the right custom-built solution in your back garden, then speak to our helpful customer support team at Gardenatics and discuss your requirements. We will even arrange a site visit, and walk you through how we would go about building the best possible climbing frame for your garden.
Whatever the case, by going through all this thinking early, you can realise the best possible end result.
The younger of our two grandsons had his 8th birthday party. The tree house had a thorough test by 16 children between aged 7 and 11. It has survived with no ill effects, being agreed to be ‘cool’ and a good thing.- D. Potter
Thanks for an amazing job.- S. Kirk
Great job building our climbing frame – friendly people, easy to deal with and flexible on the design. Highly recommend!- B. Mitchell
It looks fantastic and we are really pleased. The boys spent the whole day on it yesterday and refused to stop even for the rain. The big question now is whether we can ever persuade them to leave the garden to do something else.- P. Crofts
That looks amazing!- The Daughter of R Slade
Thank you for making the most of our small, sloping garden. The design makes the most of the space available, is great for all kinds of play, we even use it for homework now!- F. Haig
The climbing frame and swings are great and we are really pleased with it. It is getting good use already.- C. Evans
Thanks for a great, professional job. The kids are delighted. We’re very pleased, thank you.- J. Jaggard