Climbing Frames for Small Gardens

A guide to choosing climbing frames for small gardens.

   Mar 16

Climbing Frame Safety

Stay Safe

Its a gorgeous sunny day. Your children are pulling at your ankles and can’t wait to play on their brand new garden climbing frame. Before you let them loose, take a moment to consider the risks involved with outdoor play and what you can do to keep your children and those around them as safe as possible at all times.

Choosing a climbing frame

Take care to choose a design which fits neatly and safely in the garden space you have available. It’s essential to leave a clear boundary of at least 2.5 metres around the perimeter and is also required by law.

You also have a responsible to ensure your garden is well fenced and that garden gates or other access points are locked if you are away. The temptation for bored neighbour kids to invite themselves to play in your garden may be too much. It may also be wise to contact your insurance company for when friends and family come to visit, to avoid difficult situations should injury occur.

Make sure the play features you choose for your children are accessible and suitable for their age group. Try to ensure the design you choose is future proof and can grow as your children do. Why not design your own climbing frame using Action 3D software. They are completely modular and allow you to add new components later on.

Wooden Climbing Frames

As temping as metal climbing frames can be, they are often far cheaper and not as robust. Wooden climbing frames are considered a better investment and often include longer manufacturers warranties.

As a natural product, we believe that wooden climbing frames look wonderful and blend seamlessly into a garden environment. They become part of the landscape rather than a blotch upon it. Whilst often more expensive, wooden sets will generally withstand a greater weight, allowing older children to join in the fun and play safely.

Assembly Advice

Take care to prepare the assembly area, ensuring that the ground is level and clear before you start. Keep excited children indoors and firmly at bay whilst dangerous heavy timbers, nuts and bolts are being prepared. Leave a boundary of at least 2.5 metres away from your home to comply with planning permission laws and regulations.

Self Assembly
  • If you assemble your own climbing frame, make sure you have at least some DIY or building experience.
  • Do not take short cuts to save time or force parts to fit. This may compromise the strength or integrity.
  • Stay clear of trees with over hanging branches or bushes with sharp thorns.

Leave it to the experts

  • Many retailers offer an assembly service at an additional cost. Make sure they assemble your climbing frame themselves or recommend an expert installer with good credentials. If not you may need to source your own. 
  • Do not be tempted to hire the cheapest bob a job man from your local paper. It’s just not worth it.

Whichever option you choose, make sure your children are kept well out of harms way and nowhere near the development area. There are a lot of heavy parts and hidden dangers like sharp tools and parts to stay away from.

Rules and supervision

To help keep younger children safe, we recommend constant adult supervision at all times. Especially for babies and toddlers who are at the highest risk of harm. Children will take the inevitable knock or tumble. To help avoid anything worse we advise the following rules, to be enforced at all times.

  • No running, pushing or fighting. This can be very dangerous, especially whilst climbing or at a height.
  • Only use the climbing frame for its intended purpose. Accidents are most likely when this is ignored.
  • Do not use the climbing frame in wet or excessivley windy weather.
Climbing Frame Maintenance

It is important to check your climbing frame for wear and damage regularly. At times it may be necessary to tighten bolts or replace worn components. Please consult our climbing frame maintance guide for further information.

Manufacturers Responsibility

Climbing frame manufacturers take a great deal of time and care to ensure their climbing frames as as safe as possible.  Swing seats for example have adjustable straps to firmly hold younger children in place. Many also offer ground safety products including play bark and rubber matting which will help absorb the energy of little falls and avoid scrapes.

Action climbing frames carry the respected CE mark and comply with all British and European Toy Safety Standards BS 5665 / EN71.

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