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Get To Know Us: The Swing-N-Slide Story

Get To Know Us: The Swing-N-Slide Story

8th Nov 2023

 The Playground Set Landscape in the 1980s

Before the 1980s, playground designs were more open-ended and didn't adhere to specific codes and standards. During this period, each manufacturer had the creative freedom to develop their own unique equipment, resulting in a wide variety of designs and structures.

Playground equipment in the decades preceding the 1980s often reflected this diversity. Swing sets, seesaws, and basic slides were common features, but their designs could vary significantly between different manufacturers. These early playgrounds prioritized providing children with opportunities for physical activities and imaginative play.

However, this era lacked the comprehensive safety standards and regulations that we now associate with contemporary playsets. The playground equipment landscape would undergo significant changes as legal concerns and lawsuits related to playground injuries began to emerge.

The industry responded by adopting "standardized playgrounds" that were more regulated and safety-focused. These standardized designs aimed to reduce the risk of injuries and provide a consistent and secure play environment for children.

In fact, in 1981, the Consumer Product Safety Commission published a handbook on playground safety that would serve as the code for manufacturing backyard playground equipment. These new regulations led to changes in the design and construction of playground equipment. Wooden swing and slide set manufacturers were required to adhere to safety guidelines, including using splinter-free wood for equipment and specified hard plastic, rounded edges, vinyl coating, and rubber safety surfaces.

These regulations aimed to make playgrounds safer for children by reducing the risk of injuries. As a result, the size and height of new equipment were reduced, more guardrails were installed, and there were fewer climbing opportunities that could pose hazards. The emphasis was on creating a safer and more secure play environment for children.

The era following these regulatory changes saw the rise of more standardized, safety-focused playground equipment. Playground designs became more modular, featuring a series of colorful, thematic decks linked by bridges, slides, and stairs.

Over time, as awareness grew about the importance of play in a child's development and the need for safer and more stimulating play environments, the equipment used in backyard playgrounds began to undergo a transformation.

Enter Swing-N-Slide: a company that has greatly contributed to the playground experience. The Swing-N-Slide story is a tale of continuous innovation and a commitment to creating safe, enjoyable, and high-quality wooden swing and slide sets for children.

Swing-N-Slide, known for our bold tagline "We put safety first," made it our mission to design and manufacture playset components that not only provided children with hours of fun but also met stringent safety standards. This marked a turning point in the industry, as parents and caregivers could now trust that their children's play experiences would be not only enjoyable but secure.

Let's explore the beautiful story of Swing-N-Slide.

Swing-N-Slide's Pioneering Beginnings

Swing-N-Slide was established in 1985 as America's first do-it-yourself wooden playground manufacturer.

By 1990, we had already designed 5 climbing units and 6 basic swing sets that included ropes, fasteners, brackets, seats, chains, hangers, and a comprehensive assembly plan. By 1992, the company started offering the now famous plastic residential Tube Slide to augment the wooden swing and slide set.

These backyard playground kits provided an innovative solution, ensuring safety compliance while offering flexibility and creativity in designing the play environment for children. It was a departure from the one-size-fits-all approach of the era, and it empowered parents and caregivers to tailor their playgrounds to their unique preferences and spaces.

Swing-N-Slide's pioneering beginnings marked a turning point in the world of backyard play. It symbolized the company's unwavering dedication to fostering safe, imaginative, and customizable play experiences for children, ensuring that their playtime was not only enjoyable but also a source of growth and development.

Today, Swing-N-Slide has achieved its vision of bringing compliant, fun, and value-packed products to residential playground markets.

A Leading Consumer Playground Equipment Company

At Swing-N-Slide, we pride ourselves on providing the affordable and quality wooden swing sets to our valued customers. Our commitment to quality and best-in-class craftsmanship is at the heart of everything we do. From design to manufacturing to distribution, we are dedicated to creating seamless, safe, and enjoyable play experiences for families nationwide.

From the moment we conceptualize a new swing set design to the final product that arrives at your doorstep, we ensure that every step of the process is marked by excellence. Our team of skilled craftsmen uses the latest technology backed by their years of experience to bring these imaginative playsets to life.

Whether it's the thrill of soaring through the air on a swing or embarking on imaginative journeys in a playhouse, our playsets are carefully engineered to provide children with endless hours of fun, all while ensuring their safety and well-being.

Commitment to Safety and Quality

At Swing-N-Slide, safety and quality are the cornerstones of our playground equipment. We understand that parents and caregivers want peace of mind when it comes to the well-being of their children during playtime. That's why we've made it our mission to prioritize safety at every stage of our design and manufacturing process.

Every wooden swing and slide set should be a safe and educational space for kids to have fun. Here our Swing-N-Slide playsets are not only a source of joy but also a testament to our dedication to child safety. When we say, "We put safety first," it's not just a slogan; it's a core principle that guides everything we do. Our design and manufacturing processes adhere to the highest safety standards. We use the latest in safety technology, ensuring that the materials we use are splinter-free, edges are rounded, and surfaces are smooth. Your child's well-being is our top priority.

The materials we use in our playsets, from premium wood to durable plastics, are carefully selected to withstand the rigors of outdoor play while also being kind to the environment. We believe in creating products that are not only built to last but also built responsibly.

Empowering Customers with DIY Kits

At Swing-N-Slide, we've turned playset assembly into a thrilling DIY adventure. Our ingenious do-it-yourself kits are where the magic begins! Imagine having the power to craft the ultimate play haven for your kids. With these kits, it's not just about buying a playset; it's about creating your unique play universe.

The beauty of our DIY kits lies in the freedom they offer. We empower our customers to be the architects of their children's playtime dreams. It's all about tailoring the playset to your family's needs and budget. Your backyard becomes a canvas, and our kits are the vibrant palette.

Why settle for one-size-fits-all when you can have a playset that's as unique as your family? With our DIY kits, we don't just provide playground equipment; we deliver the power to make your children's dreams come true. It's your family's story, your design, and your playset, all made possible by Swing-N-Slide's innovative approach to play.


Swing-N-Slide's journey is a testament to the evolution of play and our unwavering commitment to delivering innovative, safe, and customizable play experiences. Our story reflects the transformation of the playground equipment industry, where safety and creativity now coexist seamlessly.

We continue to empower our customers with DIY kits that offer endless possibilities for playset customization, turning backyards into vibrant wonderlands for kids. We believe in adding value, fun, and functionality to residential properties, making them more than just spaces but vibrant hubs of adventure.

Our wooden swing sets come in various sizes, colors, and designs to match your needs and personality. Browse through our extensive catalog to discover the perfect playset that resonates with your family's sense of adventure today!