DIY Backyard Playgrounds


June, 2017


Get your children to play outside this summer with a new backyard playground. It doesn’t take a team of professional contractors to make a fun family outdoor play area. Many playground kits are designed to equip everyday men and women with the tools they need to build an epic play set.

Get the right equipment

General tool kits include detailed plans, accessories and all the nuts and bolts. You’ll be responsible for the lumber, the labor, and any customization. Make your play set the coolest one on the block with a brush of bright paint or additional accessories. Check out these 25 unique DIY ideas for your backyard entertainment inspiration.

Location, location, location

Before you start building your backyard playground, choose the right location. You need a plot of land that’s flat and large enough to hold your equipment. Do you want your playground near trees for the shade or away from trees to reduce the risk of bug bites and bee stings? Keep an eye out for potential dangers. You don’t want to build your playground near a patch of poison ivy. If the equipment is under the hot sun all day it could get too hot to play on during the day.

Prep work

Once you decide the location, you can begin the prep work. Double check your supplies to make sure you’re reading to go with everything you need. Flatten out the ground around your playground and remove anything in the way. This might include rocks, tree stumps or just bumpy ground.


After you clear the area, position your play set in the plot of land. It’s helpful to lay out the equipment before constructing the actual structure. Mark out where the sandbox will go, where the swings will be placed and which way the slide will face. It’s much more difficult to move your playground after you’ve already built it. Make sure there is plenty of room around the structure for safety when jumping off of swings or slides.


Now it’s time to build your playground. Start by securing the main support posts into the ground. Vertical support beams should be anchored into the hole with cement. From there, you can build the rest of your structure and add the equipment.

Set boundaries

Define the boarders of your play set area. Most people use landscaping timbers but there are other methods to hold wood chips inside your play area. If you’re using wooden timbers, secure them into the ground with 7-inch pole barn nails. Consider laying some kind of weed barrier to keep the ground around your play set looking nice. Instead of pulling weeds you can spend your time enjoying playtime.

Cover the ground

When the weed barrier is down and the boarder is set you can spread your ground covering. Wood chips are a low-maintenance, cost-effective option that adds a layer of cushion between your child and the ground. Pea gravel looks nice and is cheap but the tiny rocks can be a hassle when trying to keep them out of your yard. Another option for ground cover is rubber. Rubber mulch is relatively new but it’s low-maintenance and made from recycled materials. Rubber tiles are available in many different colors and slip resistant, which makes them an ideal surface. The downside is that these rubber tiles are expensive. Natural grass is always a natural and cost-effective option for ground covering under your playground equipment. The problem with grass is that it gets pretty muddy when it rains.

Let your imagination run wild this summer as you construct a new backyard playground. If all of this DIY stuff still seems intimidating, don’t hesitate to contact your local construction experts at J-Tech.

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