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How To Choose Your New Climbing Frame

A new climbing frame can represent a substantial investment, so it's worth taking the time to consider your purchase carefully. As experts in outdoor play, we are well practiced in helping parents decide which model is best suited to the needs of their family and garden. If you need any assistance, please feel free to contact us.

We have a large selection of metal and wooden climbing frames available to buy online, for delivery to your home. To help you narrow down the field and create a shortlist, here are some key questions and features to consider.

How old are your children? As a general rule, the full sized climbing frames are suitable for use from 3 years.

If you have younger children you might like to consider buying a smaller, temporary climbing frame, before upgrading to a full-sized model later. Installing a climbing frame that is not age appropriate will lead to frustration for your child, and stress for you as you constantly need to keep an eye on them.


The TP Explorer frame is ideal if you have young children. It can be set with a toddler friendly platform height of just 64cm, then reconstructed at a later date with the platform reset to 114cm high.

Buy it all now or add on later? You don't need to buy the complete set in one go. Many of the climbing frames we stock can be enhanced with swings, or den areas. Adding these at a later date will help give your climbing frame a new lease of life, and recapture your children's interest in it.

Metal or wood? Generally metal frames tend to be cheaper, and can be more easily taken down and reassembled elsewhere, which is useful if you may be moving home. Wood lasts longer, looks nicer, and since the material is more versatile, there is a larger selection of wood frames than metal. More information can be found on our Metal vs Wooden Climbing Frame Guide.

Space Considerations When planning out where the climbing frame will be positioned in your garden, don't forget to make allowance for room in front and behind swings, and behind any climbing areas.

If you have an awkwardly shaped garden that doesn't lend itself to one large climbing frame, consider buying individual pieces of play equipment, like swings and slides, separately, to allow for more layout options.

Adequate Challenge Make sure the climbing frame offers an appropriate level of physical challenge for your child, now and as they get older. Look for interesting climbing features like cargo nets, and rock walls, and for equipment that offers a chance to progress as they get older, like monkey bars.

Making your Budget Stretch Further You can make your budget stretch further by taking a look at our selection of ex-display and clearance items. When a manufacturer releases new models and discontinues the older version, we move the remaining stock into the clearance section, creating bargains for customers who are happy to take an older model.


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