6 Ways You Can Customise Your Swing Set

child on swing

The best backyard swing sets share a few characteristics: they’re made from high-quality materials, have been excellently constructed, have the best safety features, and come equipped with exciting activities. Here at Plum Play there is no shortage of add-ons! Whether you are searching for a swing set or looking to add on to an existing backyard playground, customising your kid’s swing set is going to make outdoor play even more of a thrill. Your kid’s will adore you for it! 

From monkey bars to rope ladders, here’s our rundown of the best and most loved swing set accessories you can find to help customise your kid’s swing set.

plum freestanding monkey bars

1. Monkey bars

The monkey bars are an essential item that is often a kid’s favourite. They’re popular among parents because they help their children build upper-body strength. Whether you choose traditional monkey bars or double-wide monkey bars, they should be made of steel rungs and a solid wooden frame. A set of monkey bars may transform an ordinary backyard swing set into something spectacular in no time.

child playing on plum slide

2. A second slide

If your family is like many others, the slide is one of the most sought-after playground activities. Day after day, the kids take turns swooshing down, and there’s even a line at family birthday parties! Why not add a second slide if this seems familiar? There is no better way to personalise your swing set than this. You can accomplish this by adding another slide of the same size and kind, or by mixing it up by selecting a new size. It all depends on the type of swing set you have and how much money you have to spend. If you’re looking to give your kids’ playset an upgrade in the future, this is a terrific choice to keep in mind.

child playing on plum wooden rope ladder

3. Rope ladder

You can add a fun and challenging rope ladder to help your kids further develop their motor skills. Our jumbo rope ladder swings from side to side, too, making it a fun new way for kids to explore their play equipment.The Plum rope ladder has chunky, solid wooden rungs and super soft poly hemp ropes, which help little fingers and hands hold on tight. While challenging for your children, a rope ladder is entirely safe and durable to use. 

parent and children playing in wooden tee pee

4. A playhouse

A clubhouse is a popular hangout spot for youngsters since it provides them with the “kids-only” space they’ve always wanted (think back to all those forts in the living room and those hideouts in the yard). The lower playhouse is usually enclosed,  except for a doorway and windows; this little space often adds to the excitement of the playset. Add-on a playhouse to your kid’s swing set to create the perfect playful oasis to encourage your kids to play outside more. 

nest swing with mist

5. Nest swing

Give your children some extra fun with a Premium Metal Nest Swing, perfect for gliding through the air or sitting back and relaxing too. Kids love a two-person swing where they can swing together and play make-believe. Whether they’re making shapes out of the clouds or pretending to pioneer a flying ship, your kids will love the addition of a nest swing.

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6. Glider nest swing

Our Glider Nest Swing is a versatile addition to any swing set! Whether you’ve got one user or two, the glider nest swing can function as a two person glider or a one person hammock. Perfect for playing and relaxing! The removable padded seats can add extra comfort, and the padded handlebars and frame provide added protection. We also have options with teal and lime hangers!

3-in-1 growing swing

7. Growing baby swing seat

If you’ve got an infant who’s growing faster than you can keep track of, you probably need our 3-in-1 Growing Baby Swing Seat! This versatile seat has three different assembly methods to suit babies, toddlers, and children. Simply remove the t-bar and back rest as your child gets larger and more comfortable on the swing. This is the perfect accessory to help your child develop confidence in their body as they grow.

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8. Extra toys

We’re sure your kids will agree that the more, the merrier when it comes to toys. Adding a few more gadgets to your swing set is a terrific way to improve it. The ship’s wheel, gigantic binoculars, steering wheel, telescope, and telephone are among our favourites. We recommend getting playcentre, such as this Lookout Tower with swings and monkey bars, if you want to get the most for your money, because it has super awesome accessories already included. 

child playing on plum metal swing

Plum Play swing accessories 

Give your children the ultimate play area by customising your swing set with awesome accessories just for them. Here at Plum Play, we have a fantastic range of quality made, durable and safe swing accessories you can add to your kid’s swing set, perfect for playtime at any age.  

What Makes Plum Play Swing Sets Safe for Babies?

baby in wooden plum swing with family

What makes a baby swing safe? Should we make all swings from wood? Can you put a baby swing set in your backyard? These are questions that many parents ask when they are looking for the perfect way for their baby to play. Swings are a great way for babies to get exercise, and they can provide hours of fun! In this blog post, we will discuss the different factors that go into making a Plum Play baby swing set safe. With a Plum Play baby swing set, parents can have peace of mind. Their children are riding a quality swing set, with safety standards at the centre of its design.

happy baby in metal plum swing

What Material Should Baby Swings Be?

The material we make baby swings from is the most important factor when it comes to safety. It is best to choose a wooden swing set, as this material is reliable, safe, and durable. Plum Play has a range of wooden swing sets to suit your needs. We even stock a baby swing set that grows with your child! We also have our 2-in-1 metal swing set. This is made from powder coated steel, which ensures full protection against rust.

At Plum Play, we test all our products against the relevant European Safety Standards. Our products follow or exceed EN71-1, 2, 3 and 8. They also meet or exceed REACH chemical standards. REACH is a European regulatory body. Its full name is Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. What does complying with these standards and regulations mean in layman’s terms? We make our products from materials that are, at minimum, non-toxic and non-flammable. We also use FSC certified, sustainable sources of timber. You can rest assured your new products are environmentally conscious as well as safe.

close up of wooden grow baby swing

What Makes A Baby Swing Safe To Use?

A good baby swing will have a safe seat for the child. A high back and harness is essential. We design our baby swing seats with a T-bar front, so your infant has something to hold on to while they’re having fun. Our wooden growing swing set also has an adjustable lap belt. This has a clip fastening, which doesn’t only make your baby safer. It also makes it easier to get them in and out of the swing!

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How Can I Make My Baby Swing Safer?

It is important to make sure that you concrete your swing set into the ground. This will help prevent it from tipping over if someone pushes or swings too hard. Plum Play recommends that new owners concrete all our swing sets into the ground. This is necessary to follow Australian safety standards. All Plum Play baby swing sets come with the hardware and ground anchors to secure your set with ease.

happy baby looking at parent in plum swing

How Do I Choose The Right Baby Swing Set?

It is important to choose a swing set that is appropriate for your baby’s age and size. We design sets for children of all ages. Some are for babies as young as six months old, while we intend for toddlers and older children to use others. Be sure to read the product description before clicking ‘buy’! Our product descriptions list appropriate age and weight ranges for each swing set

happy baby on plum metal swing

Where Can I Buy Baby Swings?

Do you need more help selecting the right baby swing set for you? Check out our range, then get in touch with our helpful team. We’ve been in this business for over thirty years, so we are leaders in the field. We’re more than happy to give you the benefit of our expertise. Ensuring that you and your child have fun with their new toys is our top priority!

At Plum Play, we understand the importance of safe play. To this end, your child’s well-being is at the forefront of our design process. We pride ourselves on creating toys and play equipment for childhood development. Our mission is to encourage healthy, active outdoor playtime.

As parents, we dedicate ourselves to ensuring all our products encourage safe play. We design affordable, innovative and fun products for all ages. We refuse to compromise on safety or quality.

How Do You Anchor Metal Swings?

children playing on nest swing

Playing on metal swings is some of the most fun you can have as a child. That’s why we ensure our swing sets are extra safe! Anchoring your swing set is crucial. Read on for our guide to securing your swings with ease. With these tips, you’ll be able to ensure the safety and enjoyment of your kids for years to come! 

As a parent, your main concern is that your backyard swing set is safe. Anchoring the legs in concrete is a simple and effective way to make sure of that. Grass is a nice padded surface to land on should you fall or jump from the swing. It doesn’t provide ideal stability though. Swinging will give the set momentum, especially if there is more than one child playing at once. If it rocks back and forth too much, the set might tip. This is why we recommend concreting. 

Anchor kit

What Do I Need to Anchor My Metal Swing Set?

Plum Play metal swing sets come with all the necessary materials for anchoring. These include anchoring plates, stakes, screws, nuts, bolts, and bolt covers. Always use the manufacturer’s recommended ground anchors. If circumstances prevent you from doing so, use replacement anchors from Plum Play.

Make sure that you have all the tools needed before assembling. You won’t need much except for a wrench, hammer, shovel, and drill. You will need to buy some concrete, and it’s useful to have a post hole digger. Your shovel will suffice if you don’t have one, though. You might also need a tape measure.

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How Do I Anchor My Metal Swing Set?

Begin this process by marking the position of your swing set legs. An easy way to do this is to tap stakes into the ground where you intend for each of the swing set legs to go. This is most useful if you’re using a post hole digger. If you’re not, any other method of marking will suffice.

Next, dig a hole about 20cm deep and 25cm wide. You should position these holes so that they’ll be on the inside of each of your swing set’s legs. If you’re using a post hole digger, put it over the stakes you’ve inserted into the ground. Take a handle in each hand, lift it up, and slam it down into the ground. Pull out the handles and the blades of the digger will collect dirt. Wrench the digger out of the ground, then release the handles to dispose of the dirt. Repeat this until you have the right amount of holes to match the number of swing set poles. 

If you’re using a shovel, dig the holes the traditional way. Make sure they’re somewhat uniform in size, so the finished product looks nice.

Now you need to fill these holes with concrete. Take a 20kg bag and pour it into a wheelbarrow, or another suitable container. Add the amount of water recommended by the manufacturer and stir with a shovel. Make sure there are no dry bits left over. Shovel concrete into each of the holes you’ve dug and smooth it over with a trowel.

At this point, you can take the ground anchors provided and insert them into the concrete. Push them in at a 45° angle to their corresponding swing set legs. Once they’re secured in place, you can leave the concrete to set overnight. If you roughed the wet concrete up while inserting the ground anchors, smooth it over.

The next day, you can attach your ground anchors to your swing set’s legs. You can do this with chains, straps, rope, or the hardware provided with your Plum Play metal swing set. Once you’ve done this, your swing set is ready to enjoy! The combination of ground anchor, secure strap, and concrete will keep your kids safe.

Happy child on swing

Where Can I Buy Metal Swing Sets in Australia?

Plum Play stocks a great range of metal swing sets. This includes single swings, double swings, nest swings, and more! Check out our 5-Unit Metal Swing with Slide for a premium play experience.

Each one of our swing sets comes with the necessary materials for anchoring. We make a commitment to keeping playtime as fun and safe as possible. If you have any questions or concerns about the safety of Plum Play products, we are always happy to help.

5 Accessories That Can Be Added to Your Swing Sets

Child playing on swing

Bring the park to your back garden with Plum Play. Swings are the ultimate outdoor toy for fun in the sun and reaching for the sky, so they can swing into life with confidence. They’re suitable for kids of all ages from babies to pre teens, as you can purchase different swing sets specific to their age range and size. Let their imaginations roam free while honing their coordination skills, balance and strategic thinking. They’ll be rewarded for the extra effort they put into each swing by going higher, and they can control the height they reach by adjusting the momentum to what feels comfortable and safe to them. Swinging also allows young ones to coordinate their movements and practice a physical activity. 

baby in plum 2-in-1 swing

1. A Growing Baby Swing Set

They’ll be ecstatic and giggling all afternoon in the 2-IN-1 Baby swing seat. This delightfully colourful outdoor swing set is the perfect starter swing, to get your baby or toddler swinging with ease. Everyday is an outdoor adventure with this sturdy swing, which grows with your little one as it can easily convert from a toy suitable for babies, to toddlers, to children. Suitable for 12 months and up, it sports chunky polyhemp ropes which are soft and kind on tiny hands. All the better to play with! Even better, the growing swing seat has a comfortable back rest and t-bar front support adjustable lap seat belt for additional snugness and security. 

Get them on their way with this durable baby-friendly swing, made with safety and comfort in mind, and they’ll be swinging up, up and away! Allow them to engage in self directed play, with peace of mind, as this cleverly-designed outdoor play set instinctively inspires children to be active. Plus, you can increase the fun factor with the Plum range of swing accessories that are perfect for creating fun new combinations of outdoor activities. Swings can be exchanged with rope ladders, or swap baby swing seats for a glider; adding extra hours of use and energy-burning fun to playtime. This particular swing is compatible with wooden swing sets, Lookout Tower with Swings and Climbing Pyramid with Swings.

2. Childrens’ Climbing Frames

Climbing, like many things in life, can be broken up into two categories: physical and mental. A climbing frame will help children develop both; however, they tend to focus more on the physical element. Climbing requires your child to use muscles such as those in their arms, legs and even core (in some cases). It’s a great way to help strengthen their muscles so they grow up to be strong adults. 

These activities can also improve your child’s coordination. That sounds simple, but the ability to coordinate the right movements at the right time takes practice. It can take several years for babies and young children to master this skill, and encouraging safe climbing practices (with the right equipment and supervision) encourages them to climb and play more. Plum Play swing sets can become even greater with climbing frame accessories to customise your swing set to really make your kids’ climbing frame unique and their own adventure!

protective mat

3. Swing, Climbing Frame and Trampoline Mat 

While we want our little ones to be able to play independently, we also want to ensure our garden remains intact. A Plum Play protektamat does just that, adding that extra padding in the area under your swings, climbing frames and trampolines, gives safety and protection at all times. Get one or get a couple, depending on the space you’re trying to cover.

adjustable 2-seat glider

4.  2-Seat Glider

Double up on the fun with this Double Glider. With adjustable height capabilities, comfortable moulded plastic seats, foot grips and handlebars for little hands to grip on, the 2-Seat Glider is the ideal swing accessory. Made with galvanised steel, this outdoor accessory play set can withstand rainy days and high temperatures. It’s compatible with round pole swing sets, which you can also find on the Plum website.

child playing on rope ladder

5. 3-Sided Rope Ladder

Have you got a future mountain climber on your hands? Introducing the 3-Sided Rope Ladder with lime hanger. The Jumbo Rope Ladder will provide a whole new challenge for your adventure seeking child. This rope ladder swings from side to side and features  solid wooden rungs and super soft polyhemp ropes, designed to help little hands get a grip on things. 

Girl playing on swing set

Outdoor Swing Set Australia

Whether you’re after a swing for toddlers, children’s swing set, metal swing set, wooden swing set or swing accessories, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Plum Play.

The Benefits of Climbing Frames for Kids

From learning to walk to climbing trees, kids are always looking for ways to pull themselves up and explore. Climbing frames allow little ones to use their imaginations and safely challenge themselves whilst developing important physical skills such as balance, co-ordination and agility.

Encourage Self Directed Play

Free play on a climbing frame in a well-designed outdoor play area naturally inspires children to be active. It also allows kids to entertain themselves and helps them to think independently and develop important decision making skills.

Coordinate Movements

Swinging allows children to develop and practice coordinated movements. Climbing can also help a child’s cognitive development through problem solving, memory and the feelings of fear and motivation often experienced through climbing also have great benefits to children.

Build Balance

Through sliding, children learn to keep their torsos balanced as gravity pulls them down the slide. Climbing to the top of the ladder also helps with leg strength.

@tanna__tribe enjoying their Plum Wooden Climbing Pyramid

“Pretty sure we won’t ever need to leave the house for park visits again! These girls are loving their new Plum Play Climbing Pyramid with swings, rockwall and a slide. It also offers a fun little hideout under the fort. Hours of play are sure to be had with this neat little set up!”

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