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What Should be Considered When Buying Outdoor Wooden Swing Sets?

By Sherry Holetzky
Updated May 16, 2024
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Important things to consider when buying outdoor wooden swing sets include size, price, and the amount of assembly required. Find out whether or not you will be able to completely assemble a wooden swing set yourself, and if you will need a building permit. Also, is the wood treated to withstand the weather; if not, can it be painted or stained? Should you use a sealant? Consider how stable the set is, and what kinds of warranties are included.

When shopping for outdoor wooden swing sets, make sure the equipment you choose is age appropriate for your child, yet flexible enough to accommodate your child as he or she grows. The height of the swings should be easily adjustable. Swing sets are a lot of fun, but it is also a good idea to choose wooden swing sets that allow for expansion. Children love to play outside, and as they grow, they will want to climb, slide, and continue to find new ways to have fun.

Make sure you learn about weight limits for wooden swing sets. Is the set you have in mind sturdy enough for adults to swing? Also, find out the requirements for stabilizing the set. While regular swing sets are fairly simple to install, heavier wooden swing sets may require a more permanent construction, such as burying the supporting structures in holes filled with cement.

Price is of course an important consideration. Shop around and compare different styles of wooden swing sets before deciding on a particular set. The price should reflect the quality. How well is the wood sanded? Is it smooth enough to prevent children from getting splinters? Are you willing to purchase rougher wood and sand it and treat it yourself to save money?

In some areas, building permits are required for installing wooden swing sets. You may also be required to fence your yard to keep other children from playing on the swing set without supervision, which could result in injury and liability. It is also wise to consult with the agent that handles your homeowner's insurance before making a purchase. He or she will probably offer several tips regarding outdoor wooden swing sets, as well as inform you of any necessary additions to your policy.

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Discussion Comments
By popcorn — On May 22, 2011

I am considering buying an outdoor wooden swing set and was wondering what the upkeep on them was like?

As the weather hits cold and hot extremes where I live do you need to put any special coatings on the wood to keep it looking great?

I am concerned that in the winter the cold will damage the wood and that the summer sun may bleach it out. I would like to get a wooden set as I like the look, but don't want my investment getting damaged.

Also, is it possible to buy covers for these kinds of swing sets, or is it OK to leave them to the elements?

By Sara007 — On May 20, 2011

Adding a wooden swing set to your backyard can be a great investment in keeping your kids happy, and also giving the adults in the house something fun to do when they need to relax.

These sets shouldn't be purchased lightly though, as they are rather expensive when compared to their metal counterparts.

A good idea is to see if you can find a local woodworker who is skilled does custom work as part of his or her hobby. This can often be less expensive than buying a packaged set that you have to construct yourself.

Offer to provide the materials yourself and provide a picture of what you want. This is a great way to support the local economy, all while getting an amazing swing set.

By anon72527 — On Mar 23, 2010

Thank you so much for this article! It was very informative. Wooden swing sets are a great way to entertain your children while providing a great opportunity for them to get some exercise.

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