Play sets provide all the fun amenities of a local park in kids’ backyards. Professional installers base pricing on the type of play set, type of base, whether the play set is pre-made or custom-built, landscaping, labor and permits.
Type of play set
Play sets cost anywhere from a few hundred to thousands of dollars. The three main types of play sets include plastic, wood and metal. Plastic is the least expensive, but it is also the least durable. Plastic might be best for younger kids, however. Wood is durable and can take a beating. Metal is the most durable, but it can rust and gets hot in direct sunlight. The type of equipment within a play set can include slides, swings, monkey bars, ladders, platforms, playhouses and more. Costs for each piece of equipment differ and most will cost more when purchased individually, as opposed to part of a set.
Pre-made or custom-built
People can purchase a pre-made play set that must be assembled, or they can construct one themselves. While the latter may be cheaper, it requires much more effort, and the safety of the children at play may be in question if it’s not constructed properly. Professionals can help assemble or construct a play set.
Play sets need something to sit upon and be anchored to. Options include grass, wood chips, rubber tiles and sand. Grass is the cheapest because most people likely already have it. Rubber tiles are the most expensive option, but they provide a high degree of safety for kids when they fall and they don’t require maintenance.
Getting the ground ready for a play set can be expensive. The ground must be level; cleared of rocks, roots and other debris; and compacted to accommodate the base. The cost also includes post foundations.
Some retailers offer free installation or installation at a nominal charge with the purchase of a play set. Some independent contractors charge by the hour. Installation and setup of a play set can take anywhere from a few hours to multiple days, depending on how elaborate the set is. Other assemblers charge a flat rate based on the type of equipment. For example, Travis’ Assembly and Set up of Stockbridge, Georgia, charges a flat rate, but the rate varies depending on the size and complexity of the play set.
Some municipalities require a permit for construction of play sets, which will add to the overall cost. City governments and homeowners’ associations may be able to help determine the permit rules regarding construction of play sets.
To save on installation, purchase a play set that is partially or fully assembled or one that is easy to assemble. Prepare the ground for the play set before making the purchase.