Don’t let your small, outdoor space get in the way of purchasing a playset for your child. Just like yards, they come in all shapes and sizes! Learn how to customize your swing set to best utilize your outdoor space.

Build Up

First, we encourage you to get the idea that “bigger is better” out of your head. Give consideration to playsets that are built tall, and not wide. For example, Model 3400A has a play tower, telescope and steering wheel up top, and a tire swing below. Builds like this are a great solution for small backyards, or even outdoor patios in urban settings, and guarantee the same amount of fresh-air fun!

Transform Over Time

Working with a company like Green Tree Woodworks, gives you the ability to transform your swing set over time. Today, many playsets are pre-designed to include all of the bells and whistles at once, which often makes them larger in size. A set that allows you to switch out its components will allow you to save space and evolve to best fit your child’s outdoor adventure needs. Check out some of the features that can be easily switched out.

Add-on Accessories

Customizable, space-saving accessories take up little space, add a punch of fun and help jump-start the imagination. Popular add-on accessories usually include binoculars, cargo nets, rock walls, bubble panels, megaphones, fireman’s poles, tick-tac-toe boards, telescopes, and ship’s wheels to name a few! Check out the possibilities!

Green Tree Woodworks offers a variety of pre-designed swing sets and playsets for you to choose from. We also offer the ability to customize your selections — this is especially useful when you need one tailored to fit your space! If you don’t see what you’re looking for, feel free to contact us!

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With so many options available, choosing the perfect outdoor play set can be very daunting.

To help make your life a little easier, we compiled a checklist of five things to consider when shopping for your future swing set.

High-Quality Materials and Construction

Safety should always come first when shopping for a swing set. While this often comes with a higher price-tag, it is almost always worth it in the end. Safe and secure swing and play sets rely on high-quality construction and materials. At Green Tree Woodworks, our swing sets are designed and built by skilled craftsman. We craft our sets out of No. 1 Grade Southern Yellow Pine that is pressure-treated and kiln dried. It is then molded to a smooth surface, to ensure no rough edges. Our plastics are constructed out of durable, heat-resistant plastic, to protect your child from burns, and our swing sets are designed with wide bases and anchors to keep them secure on the ground. 

Space, Size and Location

Your household’s perfectly sized swing set will maximize outdoor fun without taking up the entire backyard—keep in mind, children need room to run and play as well. You will want to consider the ground’s levelness and to ensure there is enough clearance room around the structure, free from property lines and/or fences, trees, electrical wires, etc. Lastly, depending on your child or children’s ages, you may want to pick a spot which is visible from inside of your home to keep an eye on them.

Age Appropriateness

Swing sets and play sets have a wide variety of features to choose from, however, not all options are appropriate for all ages. While features like swings, slides and playhouses are good for all children, older children will gravitate more toward elements of adventure, such as monkey bars, a rock wall, or rope ladder. Furthermore, while age appropriateness is important, you also want to ensure you choose a set that your child can grow into and to consider the amount of children who will be playing at once on the set. This is an investment, so you want to make sure it’s not something they outgrow too quickly.

Personality and Interests

Make sure to consider your child’s interest and personality before choosing a swing set. A swing set full of features, such as a fireman’s pole, rock wall/cargo net, trapeze and rope bridge might be more suitable for kids who seeks adventure and like to jump from one thing to the next, while a play house is the perfect option for a child who prefers a space where they can gather with friends or read a book. 

Customer Service

Lastly, when purchasing any product or service, exceptional customer service should always be key. Make sure to read reviews and discuss important questions, such as delivery, setup and warranties with a sales representative. At Green Tree Woodworks, we strive to ensure our customers have received the highest-level of service possible. Whether you are looking for a pre-designed set, or a custom build, our team is with you during each and every step to ensure all of your needs are met. Furthermore, we offer competitive pricing, same-day responses, delivery and on-site building services to ensure your set is properly constructed.

Green Tree Woodworks offers a variety of pre-designed swing sets and play sets for you to choose from. We also offer the ability to customize your selections — from swings to slides to tunnels — to make your custom build as unique as your child is! Explore our models or check out our customizable features. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, feel free to contact us.

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Playing outside has a variety of advantages for children, however, simply swinging on a swing has its very own list of benefits!

Motor Skills & Coordination
In order to swing, there are a lot of physical responsibilities your body must be able to complete simultaneously to be successful. Not only does a child have to learn to “pump” their legs, but they also have to coordinate the movement of their legs with their arms and hands as they grip onto the ropes and leverage their bodies forward to reach higher heights.

Social Development
While swinging can be done on its own, it can also be very social. If there are only a few swings available for multiple kids to play on, they must learn how to share and take turns—heightening their communication and cooperation skills. This exercise also helps build patience.

Sensory Development
One of the greatest joys of swinging on a swing are the sensory benefits it brings. Reaching higher heights, feeling the wind hit your face, and experiencing your stomach dip all help children develop the ability to acclimate to different sensations—this also helps their focus in the long-run.

Physical Health
Swinging is a great source of physical activity that helps increase strength and endurance! While muscles in the arms, legs, and the body’s core are actively engaged, the body’s joints, tendons, and ligaments are also being conditioned.

Endorphin-Rising
Swinging, and climbing to new heights, is a natural endorphin booster and is guaranteed to bring a smile to a child’s face. Just think, “When was the last time you saw a child frowning while on the swings?”

Green Tree Woodworks offers a variety of pre-designed swing sets and playsets for you to choose from. We also offer the ability to customize your selections — this includes a wide variety of swing types to best fit your child’s age and needs! If you don’t see what you’re looking for, feel free to contact us!

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After spending the past few weeks at home social distancing, you are probably finding that your kids are getting restless and bored of their everyday indoor activities. Without a clear end of this quarantine in sight, it is important to keep our minds positive and our bodies busy. A Green Tree Woodworks outdoor swing set is the perfect solution to get your kids outside and keep them there! Plus, there are so many benefits that aid in their health and well-being!

Five Key Benefits:

  1. Creativity and Exploration. Outdoor play is unstructured. It inspires kids to explore and learn about the world around them. Unlike watching television and playing video games, they can take risks (in which they can learn from) and are required to use their imagination as the leading source for entertainment.
  2. Learning and Personal Development. There are endless possibilities for learning while playing outside. Playing outdoor games can help improve a child’s attention span and strengthens gross and fine motor skills. Children often develop problem-solving abilities and an understanding for nature while improving upon their social and communication skills.
  3. Health and Well-Being. Studies show that kids burn more calories outside. All of the running, jumping and climbing helps build muscle mass and increases cardiovascular endurance. In addition, Vitamin D from the sun plays an important role in helping the body absorb calcium, fight infections and promote better sleeping patterns.
  4. Independence and Problem-Solving. Being outside of the restraints of your home helps advance a child’s sense of independence. Although you are probably keeping a close eye on them, being outside allows a child the chance to explore and test their abilities. How high can I swing today? Can I make it across the monkey bars?
  5. Time for You. We understand how trying this unique time can be physically, mentally and emotionally. We also know your kids are your top priority, but when they are busy outside, it’s important for you to enjoy some much-needed time to attend to your own well-being.

Green Tree Woodworks offers a variety of pre-designed swing sets and play sets for you to choose from. We also offer the ability to customize your selections — from swings to slides to tunnels — make your custom build as unique as your child is! Explore our models or check out our customizable features. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, feel free to contact us.

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