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Cheap DIY Swing Set Kits: Why to Watch Out

You want your kids to enjoy the heart-racing fun of backyard play, without breaking the bank — we completely understand that. One of the ways parents try to get a new playset while keeping the price low is by buying cheap DIY swing set kits! These items include the blueprints and parts needed to build the set — and that’s it. While these products are pitched as a way to get the set of your dreams at big savings, there are a few key reasons to watch out.

At Adventure World Play Sets, we build standout playsets that kids and parents all over the country love. Since we know what goes into crafting a safe and fun piece of play equipment for children, we felt this was a topic we needed to explore. Keep reading to learn more about the problems we’ve seen with cheap DIY swing set kits — and to see examples of what a professional can build for you!

Most Common Problems with Playset Kits

We get why people are intrigued by the premise. After all, who doesn’t love saving money while helping their kids enjoy outdoor fun? In practice, though, there are a lot of problems that make playset kits a risky buy — at best. When you buy one of these wooden playset kits, you see a pretty picture of the finished product. What you get delivered is a pile of lumber and parts. Here are the four biggest pitfalls of these kits you want to keep in mind:

  1. Many Don’t Get Finished — Putting together a DIY swing set kit is far more time consuming and challenging than most parents think when they make the purchase. In order to make this project as easy and smooth as possible, you want to choose a top-of-the-line playset kit — or simply have us build it for you. In addition, we’ve always heard complaints that many of these ultra-cheap sets contain damaged lumber or missing parts that are crucial to completion.
  2. Safety Concerns — While the price tag may be hard to beat, that isn’t always a good thing. There are often concerns with poor quality lumber and cheap materials that don’t look ready to support energetic play. You don’t want to risk your children playing on a piece of equipment in which you aren’t 100% confident! Since there are so many different steps to turn a pile of lumber and screws into a playset, there is a lot of room for errors, too.

    Learn more about what makes our heavy-duty swing sets ultra-safe!
  3. Marked Up Materials — The entire concept behind playset kits is that you’re getting the best price possible. While it is true you do save on the cost of labor, you’re likely actually paying a steep markup on the kit materials themselves. Companies that ONLY sell kits need to make money to stay in business — and they do it by charging you several times what they pay for the materials. So, while you may save a little bit of money by skipping professional installation, you probably are being overcharged on what you did buy!
  4. Forces the Set to Be Simple — Although simple sets can be great for hours of fun, you don’t want to be locked into choosing a simple set. Generally, when you buy one of these bargain-priced playset kits, you’ll be forced to go with something smaller, just because you likely won’t be able to build some of the most exciting elaborate possibilities. For example, you likely won’t have access to the whole range of large sets that feature multiple interconnected towers, multiple stories for climbing fun, or other unique design features.

The Adventure World Play Sets Difference

We’ve been talking a lot about how playset kits aren’t a smart, satisfying, or safe option. So, what do we do differently? Everything!

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We sell our sets through an experienced dealer network who works with you to handle everything from the custom design features to the full installation. However, if we do sell you a kit to build on your own, you can trust that it will come with clear markings and easy-to-follow instructions.

Find your nearest dealer right here!

Plus, when it comes to convenience of ownership, Adventure World Play Sets also can’t be beat! Every single one of our playsets is sheathed in maintenance-free vinyl, ensuring you never need to worry about repainting or staining your set to keep it in perfect condition. Finally, when it comes to an exciting set that will provide your kids hours upon hours of heart-pumping fun, our sets do it all! Find your nearest local expert and start shopping for an exciting and easy Adventure World Play Set!

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