Introduction: Backyard Playground
You could save hundreds of dollars by building this backyard playground using few basic tools. Download and print these free plans.
When we bought our house the playground was already installed, so I didn’t build it from scratch, but I did change/update few things. I decided to make these plans for anyone who might be interested in building a backyard playground for their kids and don’t want to spend thousands of dollars. For this project it’s a good idea to use pressure treated wood or/and red wood to withstand the outdoor weather and moister. Our kids spend hours and hours playing in this playground especially when their friends come over.
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• 1 1/2" x 4" C-channel (x2)
• 2 1/2" Diameter Round Pipe/Post (x2)
• 4x4x10' (x6)
• 4x4x8' (x1)
• 2x4x8' (x12)
• 2x6x8' (x1)
• 1x6x8' (x1)
• 1x4x8' (x48)
• 2x3x8' (x12)
• 4'x8'-1/2" Plywood (x2)
• Roof Shingles
• Swings (x2)
• Bar Swing (x1)
• Rock Climbing Piece (x1)
• Slide (x1)
• 1/8" thick flat bar (x2)
• Handles (x6)
• 1/2" Bolts and Nuts
Tools for this project
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Step 1: Dig Holes in the Ground for Main Posts
Find a flat area in your background that’s approximately 20’x24’ of clear space. Layout the locations for the main posts per provided drawing. Dig the holes using a Post Hole Digger as if you’re digging holes for a fence post. The holes in the ground need to be 2 feet deep and wide enough to insert 8" Round Concrete Form Tube. There will be 6 posts for the main playground, 2 posts for the bench, and 2 posts for the swing
Step 2: Install Posts
After all of the holes are dug and Form Tube are in place. Insert 10 feet long pressure treated 4x4s inside the Form Tube for the playground supports. I used 2 1/2" round metal pipe for the two swings posts instead of 4x4 wood. I figured metal posts will last much longer due to constant movement from the swings. Mix and pour the concrete inside the form tubes making sure all posts are plumb using a Level.
Step 3: Cut Posts to Correct Height
Once the concrete completely dries, using a Skill Saw,cut the posts to the provided height dimensions. These dimensions are from the ground up. The additional two feet are underground.
Step 4: Install Supports for Ground Floor
Working from ground up, make sure to measure every piece before cutting for accuracy. Just in case if your posts shifted slightly during concrete pour, your measurement might be somewhat different from what's on the picture. Use deck screws to fasten 2x4s and 1x4s to posts.
Step 5: Install Ground Floor
The area with 2x4s supports will be covered with 1x4s to make a ground floor. Measure and cut 1x4s, then spread them out evenly with 1/2" between each board. Attach using 1 1/2" deck screws.
Step 6: Supports for Second Floor
The second floor supports will be also built from 2x4s. The lower deck is 44" from the ground and the upper deck is 54 1/2" from ground.
Step 7: Second Floor Deck
Similar to step 5, use 1x4s to build the upper and lower deck. Make sure to have 1/2" gap between the boards.
Step 8: Make Fence Panel
For this step, make a fence panels using 1x4s for both the rails and pickets. Measure the distance from post to post for rail dimensions, again your dimensions might be slightly different than what's on the drawing. Make 2" gap between pickets. Use 1 1/2" deck screws to attach the boards.
Step 9: Install Fence Panels
There will be 4 full fence panels. Place the panels on the floor and then attach them to the posts.
Step 10: Fence Panel for Slide Area
The area for the slide will have a partial fence section with only two 1x4 pickets.
Step 11: Roof Truss Supports
Attach 70" long 2x4s at the very top of the posts. These are supports for roof trusses.
Step 12: Back of Playground
On the back side of the playground, in the center we'll have a half round rock climbing area that's 16" in diameter. So mark 16" wide section in the center for the rock climbing piece. Then attach 92" long 1x4s on each side of the 16" gap. The 1x4s are 2" apart.
Step 13: Rock Climbing Piece
Now attach the rock climbing piece and the handles.
Step 14: Front Fence Panel
The front of the playground will also have a partial fencing. Attach 14" long 1x4 to the post at the bottom. Then attach two 36" long pickets on each side having 2" gap between each picket.
Step 15: Build Lower Roof Trusses
Building a roof truss will consist of combination of 1x4s and 2x3s. At first, build the left side of the truss separately from the right side. The top and bottom fascia boards are 45" long 1x4s. The 2x3 truss boards are cut at 45° and 48 1/4" long. Attach all 3 truss boards to upper and lower fascia boards using 1 1/2" deck screws. Once both left and right trusses are complete, attach them together at the top.
Step 16: Nstall Roof Framing
Now attach the entire roof framing to the 2x4 support that were previously installed. After roof frame is installed, cut 24 1/2" long 2x3 boars at 45° on one side and attach them at the front of the truss making a diamond shape design.
Step 17: Build Upper Roof Framing
Similar to step 15, build a second roof but now its 49" long. Attach the roof trusses to 2x4 supports.
Step 18: Cover Roof With Plywood
Cover the roof framing with 1/2" plywood. Then cover the plywood with shingles.
Step 19: Install Ladder
The front of the playground will have a ladder in the center. Take 2x4 and cut to 52 1/8" (x2). The bottom is cut at 69° and top at 21°, see picture. Cut 18" long steps from 2x4s (x4) working from bottom up, the first step is 10" from bottom, the rest are 12" apart. Attach the ladder using 2 1/2" deck screws to front 2x4. Fasten handles for ladder and the pickets above the ladder.
Step 20: Bench and Table
For this step build a bench and a table. Take 2x4 and cut it to 16" with one side at 45° (x2). Also, cut 2x4 to 17 1/2" long with both sides at 45° (x2). Build a triangle as shown on the picture and attach it to the 4x4 post at 23 3/4" from the ground. Once the supports for the table are fastened, cut 1x6 to 47" long (x2) and attached these board to table supports. The bench will also be 47" long but from one 2x6 board. Attach the board to the short 1 foot 4x4 posts.
Step 21: Swing Support
I used metal 1 1/2" x 4" c-channel for the horizontal support of the swing. You could use 4x4, but c-channels will last much longer than 4x4. C-channel will sit on a 2x4 that’s attached to 4x4 posts. The other side of the c-channel will be placed on top of the round metal posts. Measure and cut the c-channel using a Sawzall with blade for metal cuts. Make sure the c-channels are leveled.
Step 22: Attach Swings
Attach the swing and a swing bar to the c-channel evenly spaced out. At the top of the round metal posts attach 1/8" thick flat metal bars making a cross. This will prevent the posts from moving when kids are using a swing.
Step 23: Attach Slide
Finally attach the slide. You're done with this backyard playground.
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