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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.
Commercial Slides, Swings, Seesaws and Springers – the four S’s - are all examples of classic and traditional freestanding playground equipment. They can stand alone or combined together they become a playground. No playground is truly complete without at least one.
Today’s playgrounds are spectacular, with creative themes and plenty of variety, and the freestanding equipment gets the party swinging and rocking. We offer freestanding commercial playground equipment for every age group, such as toddler stations, sensory play panels and playhouses for smaller children, carousels, cableways and spinners for tweens and teenagers, to name a few.
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Why Choose Freestanding Playground Equipment?
Freestanding playground equipment allows you to add a unique flavour to smaller play spaces or freshen up a public playground area with minimal cost, as they are great as stand-alone structures. They offer great flexibility and versatility in the playground layout. Our commercial stand-alone playground equipment complies with industry safety standards. They will bring children loads of fun for years and years to come, 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 joy and benefits a playground generates. Here are some of our most popular freestanding playground items.
Spinners and Carousels
Children need the dizzying input that comes from spinning. These important movement experiences help the child’s nervous system mature. And the best thing is that children love spinning!
Of all play activities, swinging is an all-time favourite. Children just love to swing, whether for a quiet moment alone or a wild play activity with a group of friends.
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 slide offers numerous play activities.
Seesaws bring a social dimension to the joy of rocking and enable children to develop their social skills. Nothing beats rocking!
The best thing about spring rockers is using your own body weight to generate movement and rocking!
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 and Resource tools page.
Without the consideration of 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?
Classic and traditional playground equipment refers to commercial playground structures based on timeless designs that have been popular for many decades. For example, 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, the playground area's size, who is doing the installation, etc. It typically takes several days to a week and, for larger projects, longer than that. The whole process, from idea to installed final product, is divided into 3 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 classic 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, ASTM, or IPEMA. Our playground equipment has passed multiple tests and quality standards - but you must always ensure that 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?
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, etc. 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.