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What to Put Under a Children’s Outdoor Climbing Frame

Here you will find out what to put under a children's climbing frame to ensure it is safe. When purchasing a outdoor climbing frame, you need to be sure that you have a suitable ground for it to be built on. With children around the age of 3 - 14 years old, you want to ensure that the ground is safe for them, therefore tarmac and concrete wouldn’t be suitable. 


All our wooden climbing frames come with ground anchors which need to be dug into the ground to keep the whole structure stable, especially when the swing is in use. Therefore, when considering what type of surface to use for the play area you need to take into account the ground anchors.


Depending on the size of your climbing frame, it is also required to have additional surface space around the perimeter, to ensure there is enough room for children to play and use the swings. 




The most common type of ground to build your wooden climbing frame on is grass. It is important to ensure that the area of grass is flat and as level as can be. If the grass has a few bumps it is still fine to use that area, however if it is a hill, or slope this ground won’t be appropriate.


It has become a trend in garden maintenance to now have artificial grass, which is also suitable for a wooden climbing frame to sit on.  


MaxiFort Frontier Climbing Frame


Play Bark 


Using play bark underneath your children’s climbing frame is one alternative, if you do not wish to use the grass. This is a very inexpensive surface solution, which can cover quite a large area. Choosing this as your surface for the climbing frame will mean that you need to top it up every so often.

BalconyFort Searcher Climbing Frame


Rubber Chippings


Rubber will provide a softer landing surface for children. Made from recycled car tyres, rubber chippings are a low maintenance, cost effective type of surface area. With rubber chipping, you will find that they cause less mess as they are a lot more heavy weight, stopping the chips from blowing away. 


Rubber Mulch 


Rubber mulch is similar to the chippings, however it has been bonded together to make a complete flat surface. As it is a flat sheet type it means you will require to use less, and there is hardly any maintenance or topping up. However, you will find that puddles will appear after rainfall, which will need wiping away before play. 

MonkeyFort Woodland Climbing Frame with Babyseat


Rubber Matting 


Using gripped rubber mats is a quick solution that will provide you with a safe surface that your children can play on. It is easy to install, as there is no digging or ground preparation required. 


Now you know how to provide a safe playing surface to put under your children's climbing frame, take a look at our range of play equipment that will provide years of fun.


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