Arrangement of a garden plot or house territory necessarily implies the presence of slides for children. But despite the apparent similarity, these designs can be different in execution, so you need to understand all the subtleties and nuances in advance, otherwise the consequences of the wrong choice can be sad.
To make the slide safe for children, it is necessary, first of all, to pay attention to its height. Toddlers 1.5-2 years old should not ride the slides above 1.5 m. If the child is 2-7 years old, then the structure must be 2.5 m high. Adolescents will already need a structure that is 3-3 high for riding 5 m.
It’s better to rebuild the slide or make several game structures at once than to risk children's health and even life.
But it will not work out just this consideration - it is imperative to surround the sports structure with a coating that prevents slipping. It is very important in wet weather, when any careless movement can cause damage to health. Certainly required to do wide steps. Experts recommend placing the crossbars closer to each other.
Another important point: the ladder must be equipped with handrails, since the child who has climbed up must hold on to something. It is also worth considering another nuance: the slide should be designed for the mass of children riding. If initially there is only one baby in the house, it is still recommended to fix the structure so that it can withstand 2 or 3 people.
For descent, an even gutter is prepared, preferably with side rails. When the structure is completely built, it is necessary to check that there are no slightest chips and sharp corners, as well as protruding bolts.
Wood is necessarily polished, like metal. It is advisable to prepare a soft section on the roll out of the gutter. Lawn grass is often used for it. But this is rather a seasonal option, and for year-round use it is much more correct to put a soft coating. You can make a sand embankment, but the decision must be made very thoughtfully.
A very important point: no matter how the slide is arranged, it should be well visible from all sides and from the nearest windows , because then you can safely go about your business and periodically monitor children's games. In this case, it is desirable to place a sports equipment in partial shade. There, even on a hot summer day, playing children will not overheat. But you should also think about protection from piercing winds and accidental drafts.
But protection against dangerous weather is not enough - you should definitely put the slide where there are no electrical appliances and power lines, as well as sharp objects. It is unacceptable to orient the descent towards walls, steep cliffs (ravines), highways and railway tracks. Also, children should not be allowed to roll in the direction of trees, pits, fences. It is recommended to select a site where there are no toxic plants.
To guarantee the elimination of this danger, it is required to clear the area of weeds. The fertile layer of land is completely removed and a safer soil is laid. The presence of even small pins is unacceptable.
As a fence, it is recommended to choose a design from a mesh netting - it will reliably protect children and at the same time it will not provoke a desire to explore uncharted space.
Types and sizes of structures
Children's slides can even be installed in the bedroom. In this case, almost any materials can be used, since the harmful effects of the environment are eliminated. The difference between a room structure and a street building is a smaller value, but at the same time its device does not differ from an ordinary slide for children, installed in a country house. Thinking over the future arrangement of the site or children's room, it is necessary to draw up three-dimensional diagrams and drawings or use ready-made documentation.
It is logical to combine a slide and a swing when equipping a playground. Supporting elements are certainly concreted, deepening them by 0.4-0.5 m into the ground. A typical height of a screw slide designed for children from 3 years and more should be 1.52 m, and if the design is made in the form of a spiral, then the turn of the output section relative to the upper platform should be 270 degrees.
When arranging street playgrounds and sports grounds with children's slides, it is necessary to take into account the optimal ratio between the areas of sliding and braking. If the height of the structure does not exceed 1.5 m, then both slopes should be approximately 0.3 m.
The recommended side height is 0.15 m or more. In a slide of medium size, unlike a small one, it is necessary to make slopes at least 0.5 m, and the side grows already to 0.25 m.
A large slide mounted on the street for the entertainment of adolescents should be made only of metal. The fact is that this design is very reliable.
If you do not concentrate on stationary products, then you can choose inflatable slides. It is not difficult to assemble and disassemble such structures. They are small in size, but the service life is relatively small.
Materials of manufacture
Metal and wood varieties of slides are the most popular options. It is justified to make a structure from a log or boards, given that this material is not heated so much in summer as an iron or stainless steel surface. Hot metal in the sun can cause burns. If you want to choose a movable slide, then you should give preference to plastic structures. However, the disadvantage of this solution is low strength.
If you plan to make the construction with your own hands, but there are no skills for performing welding work, it is worth stopping on a wooden slide. There are a number of standard layouts in which sizes differ, but there are standard elements:
- ladder to climb;
- lower part (support);
- platform located on top;
- protective elements.
How to choose?
Not always there is a desire to make a slide with your own hands - someone does not know how, and some do not have the necessary funds, time or tool. In such cases, you can choose a finished design. Young children should ride on light slides, but you should not buy such a product that would be overturned. If older children will use the construction, it is advisable to choose folding slides that have the additional function of a pool.
When choosing a slide made of plastic, it is necessary to study a certificate proving the safety of the material. Consideration should also be given to such considerations as:
- ease of care;
- an opportunity to wash a design;
- harmonious colors;
- correspondence of the appearance of the design to the situation on the site.
For tips on making metal and wood structures, see the video.