When you think of your dream house, do you imagine a beautiful backyard for gathering and spending time with family and friends? Unfortunately, a big backyard is not always a reality. This is especially true if you live in the city or newer neighborhood development where a smaller backyard is the norm.
A large yard that can hold an elaborate backyard playset may also be on your children’s wish list. But just because you have a smaller outdoor space doesn’t mean you should get rid of the idea of investing in a playset! Owning a playset not only gives your children an area of play, it also creates skills for them as they get older. Your children will learn social skills, problem-solving skills, and will increase their physical exercise without even knowing it. More importantly, your backyard playset can be designed to give your children options of play for all ages!
When shopping for a playset to fit a small backyard, think of ways you can incorporate big fun into smaller spaces!
Make Efficient Use of Space
When choosing the best playset, we always imagine that bigger is better, but that’s not always true! You can create a playset that includes many different play components for a smaller yard, but you may need to think up and down instead of side to side.
Give consideration to playsets that are built tall, not wide. Many playset models feature a base tower with a play house at the top and a sandbox below. Add a cargo climber and twisty slide to the base and now you have four fun areas in one single space. This gives plenty of options for play for your children.
Small Accessories = Big Fun
Adding accessories to your playset creates a backyard environment that kick-starts imagination and pretend play. There are plenty of space-saving, fun customizations you can add to your backyard playset, including tic-tac-toe boards, telescopes, megaphones, and rock walls. Accessories give you the ability to add more entertainment options while still conserving space.
Don’t Try To Do It All
One reason that playsets are built so big is that families try to fit every possible swing set component onto one structure, but that’s not always necessary. A customized backyard playset should be built to include the slides, swings, or access points that meet the abilities of your children at the ages they are now. Later you can make changes as your children grow and their skill set grows. A four-position swing beam isn’t necessary for one small child who is best suited for an infant swing or glider. Simply replace those younger elements with a tire swing or trapeze bar as he progresses.
Account for Usage Space
One last thing to remember when researching smaller playsets: you need to understand usage space. Don’t purchase a playset based solely on the structure’s physical dimensions. While it may seem that your chosen playset will fit perfectly, you need to take into account the additional space you’ll need to create a safe play environment. Think about the room needed for children to swing forward and backward unencumbered, a big enough area for children to safely walk around the entire structure, and even extra space in the front of slides for children with too much momentum to take a few stumbling steps at the end. So remember to gauge the perfect fit using the total recommended space.
Still unsure that you can get everything you want in a playset for a small backyard?