11 May
3 DIY Wooden Play Sets
Posted by Elizabeth Moreno


Spaces for play are essential to childhood. But for many schools and child care centers, the cost of play equipment is prohibitive. Wooden play sets can be easy to construct and long-lasting. We’ve put together three of our top favorite DIY wooden play sets you can build yourself!

1. Triangular Climber

This simple wooden play set is built from wooden poles of varying length. This climbing element promotes social play as it can accommodate a few children at once. On a playground with mixed ages, young kids can stay on the lower rungs, while older/more confident climbers will be challenged as the structure gets higher and narrower.


Click here to get the step-by-step instructions to build your own Triangular Climber. 

2. A-Frame Cubby Climber

This wooden play set is perfect for young kids or toddlers. They’ll love crawling inside and playing peek-a-boo with their friends outside. It also allows for a safe, cozy space when kids need a little spot to sit and watch the world. Feeling more adventurous? Use the peek holes as climbing holds and crawl all over it.


Click here to get the step-by-step instructions to build your own A-Frame Cubby Climber.

3. Wonky Wood Climber

This climber is great as a standalone climbing structure, or it can be connected to a platform. The great thing about this wooden play set is that you can adjust the spacing between the poles to make it a gradually sloped climber or a steep ladder-like climbing structure.


Click here to get the step-by-step instructions to build your own Wonky Wood Climber. 

Looking for more DIY playground elements? Check out our Design Library with over 150 free playground element designs complete with full step-by-step instructions.


3 DIY Wooden Play Sets