The best thing you can do for a kid is get them exercising and active.  Getting them out of the house is really hard nowadays, because of everyone’s obsession with gadgets, devices, etc.  One quick way to “fool” your kids into putting down the video games is to give them more exciting things to do outside.  One excellent example of how to do this, and preserve the look and feel of your backyard, is with a nice wooden swing set installation.

The decision to purchase a swingset/playset for your kids has a few different options to it. Knowing what fits in your yard is something only you can really do, so it’s up to you to make the decision.  Try visualizing it a bit, ask your kids what they think, as your neighbors maybe (they may have already bought one and discarded it, or went through the process of making the decision).


You also have to decide whether you have the room.  If you don’t have enough room in the backyard, things can start to look really tight, and that throws off the feng-shui of things.  Secondly you have to make sure your backyard is very level.  If not, you may either need to get a really good professional to make sure the installation stays level (through the use of creative architecture/assembly) or you may even need to level the ground by putting in new top soil.  If these sound like too much for you it may not be the best option to get a swing set.

Finally you have to decide what type and how big your swing set will be.  They can come it all different sizes, shapes and materials, but I would recommend a medium sized cedar swing set.  The cedar has an excellent scent and looks very aesthetically pleasing.  All in all it is the best bet for maintain a decent design of your backyard setting, although it can get a little pricey.

Utilizing a company like Gorilla Playsets is one of the keys to getting the job done quickly.  They can provide you with options for swing set assembly, delivery and customizations.  Other examples are Backyard Adventures, which has extreme options for customization (I would get this if it was a really big backyard and I wanted to go all out).

Using a great swingset installation company will also make a ton of different.  A professional one that has a ton of experience will put something together perfectly, while a shabby one that is just doing it on the side might screw up your 1200 dollar playset, and you really, really don’t want that.

So after taking all those things into account, you may just have the options for putting together an excellent, well designed, well fit, easy-on-the-eye swing set (that your kids might actually enjoy too).  I hope you do, because it really does give the kids something to do, and it gets them out of the house (and my hair) for a few hours a day.