Whenever the purchase of a climbing frame is on the agenda there are some essential things to ask before coming down and buying one.
Preparation is the key to finding the very best climbing frame for your garden and so we here at Wicken Toys thought it would be useful to offer some general guidance on what you need to do before choosing your next climbing frame.
So what do you need to know?
The first thing to ask is probably obvious but it’s often the thing that isn’t always considered! What can you fit in your garden and what safety implications are there?
Size, space and budget are all considerations for a climbing frame purchase so you are optimising on what is safe as well as fun.
Whether you opt for a smaller frame or a larger climbing frame that offers modular add-ons, some forward thinking will go a very long way.
For example, when considering the size of the climbing frame, it is recommended that you don’t place them where they will be next to or above a pathway. Also, it’s not always good to assume that a grass area will be the best for safety. Have a look around your garden and maybe even consider dedicating an area to a climbing frame that you can kit out with all the safety elements you need.
Ideally you need to have 1.8metres of space around the climbing frame (all the way around) and it is recommended that you use professional play bark or mats once installed around the base. Sometimes people use ordinary garden mulch but it doesn't actually last that long and is not the same. It tends to offer a lot less cushioning and for the sake of safety, we always recommend you purchase the professional level protection.
We sell the professional bark and mats that Councils, nurseries and schools use, because it is of the highest quality and offers the very best in terms of safety. So, while it is an additional cost the benefits far outweigh these costs for you in the long run.
You can also get play bark from main retailers, but it’s important to note, that even this is not the kind of bark that councils or schools buy because the safety standards aren’t high enough. So for the best approach to safety, always get the highest safety standards you can.
You should also bear in mind that the depth of the bark is important and should be a minimum of 6” deep around the climbing frame but if your climbing frame is particularly high, you may want to ask us what depth you should opt for.
So assuming you’ve now got the measurements and you’ve thought of everything it’s time to come down with the children and let them try out a couple of climbing frames!