Playground Equipment

Freestanding Play Equipment

What is Freestanding Playground Equipment?

Freestanding playground equipment refers to stand-alone play structures that add lots of fun to smaller playgrounds at a minimal cost.

Playgrounds do not necessarily need to take up a lot of space. Even one or two high-quality, thoughtfully selected stand-alone pieces of play equipment can spark curiosity and playfulness in children. Within KOMPAN freestanding play equipment, you will find everything from timeless classics such as swings, slides and playhouses to innovative and inclusive carousels and climbing nets. Choose from a broad portfolio of equipment that can stand alone, be grouped together, or be set out around a larger structure from our Play Systems range.

Freestanding play equipment is designed to engage and develop children with creative, physical and social play. Each of the play items focus on at least one play activity. Still, KOMPAN always aims to add layers of activity with multiple ways of experiencing play for all ages and abilities. 

Browse all the freestanding play equipment in the categories below.

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Spinners & Carousels

Swings

Springers

Seesaws

Slides

Sand and water play

Playhouses and Themed Play

Toddler Equipment

Toddler Stations

Themed Play

Play Panels

Balancing & Climbing

Cableways and Flying Foxes

Bouncing Equipment

Twisting Nets

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Why choose freestanding play equipment?

Freestanding playground equipment allows you to add a unique touch to smaller play spaces or freshen up a public playground area with minimal cost. They offer great flexibility and versatility in the playground layout. Our commercial stand-alone playground equipment complies with industry safety standards. They will encourage children to experience loads of fun for years and years, as longevity and durability are key factors when designing our commercial freestanding play units - the same go for inclusivity and accessibility.

Classic playground equipment you know and love

The iconic Crazy Hen springer started a revolution that hasn’t stopped. For the last 50 years, KOMPAN has been at the forefront of playground design, with design teams and behavioural specialists continually pushing the bar higher by exploring and understanding the benefits of a playground. Here are some of our most popular freestanding playground items:

Spinners and carousels

Children crave the dizzying thrill that comes from spinning playground equipment. These movements and experiences help the child’s nervous system mature. And the best thing is that children can't get enough of it!

Classic swings

Of all play activities, swinging is an all-time favourite. Children love playground swings, whether for a quiet moment alone or a wild play session with a group of friends.

Slides

No matter their age, children love a good slide! Often the slide is the first activity they run to when visiting a playground. KOMPAN’s stand-alone slides offer numerous play activities.

Seesaws

Seesaws bring a social dimension to rocking play and enable children to develop social skills. Nothing beats rocking!

Spring riders

The best thing about spring rockers is using your own body weight to generate movement.

How to choose the right freestanding playground equipment?

Choosing the right items from our large range of freestanding playground equipment depends very much on the purpose of your playground. It also depends on the size and shape of the designated playground area. Once you have your purpose in place, you must consider users, their age group and their abilities, as these are key elements to consider when choosing playground equipment. To learn more about playground planning, you may want to visit our Site Planning resource page.

Without considering safety regulations compliant with industry standards, there would not be any commercial playgrounds out there. All KOMPAN products adhere to local industry standards.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is freestanding playground equipment?

Freestanding play equipment refers to playground pieces that are not necessarily connected to a larger play structure, like a tower or a net. They are usually classic pieces with timeless designs and have been popular for many decades. Examples of freestanding play equipment include swings, slides, seesaws, and play panels.

2. What materials are used to make playground equipment?

Freestanding playground equipment can be made from various materials, including composite, metal, or wood. KOMPAN springs are made of high-quality steel with anti-pinch fittings for maximum safety.

3. Can freestanding equipment be customised?

KOMPAN offers many customisation options for our freestanding playground structures, such as custom colours and modifications to the shapes and sizes. In all cases, however, the playground equipment must adhere to the local safety standards and regulations.

4. How long does it take to install traditional playground equipment?

Naturally, the installation time varies based on the playground structure's complexity, size, who is doing the installation, etc. The whole process, from idea to installed final product, is divided into three stages, each of which takes roughly a month. Learn more on our playground installation page.

5. How do I maintain the freestanding playground equipment once installed?

Regular maintenance is important for the safety and longevity of freestanding playground equipment. This includes regular inspections, cleaning, and repairs as needed. Requirements for inspections vary locally, but we recommend at least one inspection every year. A warranty covers KOMPAN’s playgrounds... and we're always ready to provide spare parts.

6. How long does freestanding play equipment last?

The lifespan of freestanding playground equipment can vary depending on the materials' quality and the maintenance level. Therefore, it's important to use commercial-grade materials for schools, communities, parks and public projects. At KOMPAN, we pride ourselves on ensuring that our high-quality playground equipment can last for several decades with proper care. This is also reflected in our industry-leading warranties. To learn more about warranties, please visit our warranties page here.

7. What safety standards are in place for the playground equipment?

Playground equipment must comply with safety standards. These are set by organisations such as TÜV and Standards Australia. Our playground equipment has passed multiple tests and quality standards - but you must also ensure you follow local regulations and laws. For such questions, we typically recommend contacting one of our consultants available in your area who can help you with any step along the way.

8. How do I determine the best playground layout?

First of all, consider what kind of space your playground should fit into - are you designing a destination public park, a school playground or maybe a pocket park in an urban area? The answer will shape how you shape your overall design and choose equipment. For classic playground equipment, it's important to consider factors such as the size and shape of the playground area, the age and abilities of the users, and the types of equipment you want to include. It's also important to follow any safety guidelines and regulations for playgrounds. A consultant can help you with such questions, and if desired, KOMPAN offers a custom playground design service. Learn more about the process from start to finish in our playground planning guide.