Before we even get started let’s clarify one thing. Cheap wooden swing sets does not mean cheap quality, it simply means inexpensive. The two are not mutually exclusive. You can have a cheap swing set that is of very high quality, and that’s exactly what you are after here.
So when you find an inexpensive swing set, do a little research. Here’s what you want and what you don’t want. Read more..
You don’t want wood that has not been treated or low quality wood. Check it over carefully. Bad wood will splinter and could cause injuries. Bad wood will rot and need to be replaced every couple of years. You want a good hard wood that has been treated to prevent splintering and weather damage.
Make sure that everything that could potentially injure your child is covered. In other words, make sure the bolts are sunken and the screws are not so long as to stick out the other end. I’m sure we don’t have to tell you how dangerous that can be. Also, make sure everything fastens securely in place.
There are ways to get all this and still keep costs down. Most high quality swing set manufacturers offer small sets, perfect for your small child. But the beautiful thing is that most of these sets can be expanded so you swing set will grow right along with your child. When he’s three, you can add a slide. For his fourth birthday, maybe a rope to climb on. When he becomes five perhaps a climbing wall in in order. The list of available add ons is very extensive with some companies. And everything will fit seamlessly together as if you had purchased it that way to begin with.
Another great way to get cheap wooden swing sets is to think about purchasing the item second hand. It’s a great way to save money, but there are some things you will need to look out for. Make sure the manufacturer is still in business. That way if one particular section of the swing does not look to be in top condition, you can always get a replacement from the company. You’ll also need to check and make sure the bolts and swing hanging brackets are secure before allowing your child to get on. If you have any questions about the safety, replace the part immediately. You can get all these hardware items at just about any building supply store. They are easy to come by and don’t cost much at all, so replace anything that’s questionable.
One other way to save money is to get some plans (or draw them up yourself) and build it from the ground up. It’s a labor intensive job, but could make a fun family project. And it will cost a lot less than buying a kit. Again, just make sure you don’t cut corners by getting cheaper bolts or hanging brackets. You want to cut costs, but you want to be safe as well.
Remember that cheap wooden swing sets do not have to be a low quality. Just make sure you check out all the specs and information before making your purchase and your new swing set will provide your child (or children) with years of safe fun. Check out the list of top 5 wooden swing set here.
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