Wooden climbing frames not only give children hours of fun and entertainment, but their strong and robust structures provide a quality and durable product. Although the initial cost of wooden climbing frames may seem expensive, it does prove to be cost effective considering the year’s worth of use you can get out of them. The numerous products are designed to include features such as swings, monkey bars and slides, which not only offer great fun to kids, but also enhance their physical development.
However, wooden climbing frames often require a lot of space and are not always a feasible for small gardens where space is at a premium. We have reviewed 3 of the best wooden climbing frames which not only great fun for kids, but are also compact enough to fit within a small garden.
Approximate price: £300
The Plum Uakari Swing and Climb Frame Set is suitable for children aged between 3 and 12 years, who love to swing and slide. It features 2 swings and has a rock wall with colourful hand and foot grips on one side, and a soft feel cargo net up the other side for scrambling up and down. Kids can have an exhilarating time climbing to the top and down again, while burning off lots of energy.
The structure is made from high quality reinforced timber which has been FSC certified, and is reinforced with cross bridges for extra stability. The swing seats are made from heavy duty moulded plastic and have soft feel ropes, creating a durable and safe product.
The Plum Uakari Swing and Climb Frame Set costs around £300 (see best current prices here). Although the produce is fairly long, its width and height are small enough to make it suitable for a modesty sized garden.
Dimensions: 3.0m x 2.2m x 2.3m
Approximate price: £460
The Plum Climbing Pyramid Wooden Play Centre is great fun for children aged between 3 – 12 years of age. It consists of a pyramid with a rock climbing face on one side and a steel ladder on the other, along with a lower platform and an 8 ft slide. Inside the pyramid there is a camouflage tent with a window, creating an idea den where kids can hide out and play. Whether climbing up the side of the pyramid and sliding down the slide, or playing games in the tent, this play centre has great features to keep your children entertained and captivate their imagination.
Safety is a big factor in the design as the framework is made from reinforced timber that has been FSC certified. Also, the slide and the holds on the “rock face” are moulded from durable heavy duty plastic, creating a play centre that is strong and durable.
The Plum Climbing Pyramid Wooden Play Centre costs around £460 (see best current prices here) and this includes a 5 year manufacturer’s warranty against wood rot and insect damage.
Due to the pyramid design, the play centre is one of the smallest products on the market, making it ideal for smaller gardens.
Dimensions: 1.5m x 3.9m x 2.1m
Approximate price: £400
The Plum Meerkat Wooden Climbing Frame with Swing is the largest product in this review, but does offer great value for money. The climbing frame is suitable for children aged between 3 and 12 years and great for large families. It comprises of a swing, a two seat glider, a 6 foot wave slide, a play platform, climbing slats and a soft feel knotted rope. This is perfect for kids who like to slide and swing.
This frame is also made from FSC certified pressure tested reinforced timber. The glider is attached with metal fastenings which go around the timber poles, so there are no screws and hooks drilled into the wood, protecting the integrity of the framework and making it extra safe. Other safety features include extra braces at the side for stability, while the swing and glider seats, along with the side, are made of heavy duty moulded plastic.
The Plum Meerkat Wooden Climbing Frame costs around £400 (see best current prices here), but you also get an amazing 10 year warranty that protects against wood rot and insect damage.
As this climbing frame is slightly larger than other products, it may be a snug fit into small garden. Check the dimensions to make sure it does not invade the entire space in the garden.
Dimensions: 3.35m x 3.29m x 2.30m