Every child loves a trip to the park, but imagine how wonderful it would be to bring the park to your own garden.

A Buyer’s Guide To Climbing Frames and Playcentres

Reasons to Choose a Wood Climbing Frame

A wood climbing frame could bring hours of fun and would bring you strength and structural integrity over time that other materials such as metal or plastic can’t offer. Wood will age better generally, and the colour will soften over time and blend in with the rest of the garden.

The cost of a wooden frame is generally a higher investment upfront, though in terms of value over a length of time wooden options do offer good value.

Wood is a natural product that will shrink and expand depending on the conditions, which will cause some cracks or even splitting. Manufacturers will take that into account, so the structure will be sound and rigorously tested.

A Buyer’s Guide To Climbing Frames and Playcentres

Choosing a wood climbing frame or a playcentre will depend on lots of factors, such as the age of your children and the space in your garden.

You might be interested to know that wooden structures consume far less energy during construction than metal counterparts such as steel or aluminium, or indeed plastics. Of course, because they last longer, there is no need to make so many, which also lessens the environmental impact.

For more information on the benefits of having a climbing frame for children, if you need convincing, see Self Growth online: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/the-benefits-of-climbing-frames.

Ground Cover

Playcentres will normally go straight on to grass, though if your children will use it all year round, you might want another cover, such as bark chips or rubber mats, to prevent muddy patches. A flat area is usually required, especially for playcentres or houses.


Construction is such these days that generally specialist skills are not usually required, though you might need some additional tools. Depending on the size of the equipment, you might find putting it together much easier with a second person: it will be large and heavy. Many suppliers will also offer installation at an additional cost.

If you’re serious about getting some equipment for the garden, measure the space you have available and then set a budget. There is a huge choice available, but those two starting points will help you narrow it down.