How To Anchor Backyard Discovery Playset

It is important to install your playset in a safe location. This will protect your children and give you peace of mind that the structure won’t tip over. 

The playset should be installed at least 10 feet from all fences, trees and other structures so it doesn’t come in contact with them. 

If you want to install your playset on grass then there are some extra precautions you need to take because grass does not provide as much support as concrete does.

Swing Set Safety Tips and Tricks – Backyard Discovery
Anchoring a backyard playset is essential for safety
Using the right anchoring method depends on various factors, including playset type and surface
Concrete footings and auger anchors are the most reliable and permanent solutions for anchoring a playset
Ground stakes are a cost-effective and temporary option for anchoring a playset
Safety should always be your top priority when it comes to backyard playsets

Securing the Playset

Anchor the playset to the ground using concrete anchors that fit into the holes in the bottom of your playset’s posts.

Attach a swing beam and slide to a playset with a swing beam only. Use anchor blocks to connect it to each post, making sure they’re level with one another and spaced evenly apart on all sides of your slide so that it doesn’t lean or sag over time. 

Be sure that there are no gaps between these blocks; otherwise, they won’t support your swing beam properly. 

You can also bolt them together if you prefer this method over connecting them with plastic connectors or bolts.If you have access to power tools (e.g., drills), you can save time by drilling through multiple pieces at once instead of doing them individually.

To create more stability for your swingset, make sure that each block is square with one another that means all four sides are equal length and then use three screws per block: 

one at each corner plus one in-between each pair on opposite sides so they’re secure enough not break off while holding up weight loadings from children playing on them regularly.”

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Anchoring the Playset to the Ground

The next step is to anchor your playset to the ground. There are a few different ways to do this, but we recommend using a concrete anchor. 

The first thing you’ll need to do is find the best area for your playset. You’ll want it stable and in good condition, so look for a flat spot with no rocks or roots. 

Then, dig holes deep enough that your cement anchors will be secure in the soil and level with the top of the decking boards (or slightly deeper). Once you’ve found an ideal location for your backyard discovery playset, use an earth spike or metal plate as needed:

Earth Spike – An earth spike is like a nail that goes into the ground about 6 inches below where you’d like your playset anchored down; these can be purchased at any hardware store or garden center near where you live

Anchoring the Playset to Concrete

If you’re anchoring your playset onto concrete, use a metal plate and bolts to attach it. The metal plate is available at most hardware stores and comes in various sizes depending on the size of your play set.

First, drill pilot holes into the deck frame using an electric drill fitted with a masonry bit so that they are slightly larger than the diameter of your bolt’s head.

Make sure there is space between each hole so that you’ll be able to fit two bolts next to one another down through each hole in order to provide additional support for your deck frame when attaching it back onto its base (see picture below).

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Anchoring the Playset to a Deck

If you have a wooden deck, you can attach the playset to it for better stability. Attaching the playset to a platform will give it more stability and prevent it from swaying in strong winds.

To attach the playset to your deck, first drill pilot holes into the metal plate and bolt it onto your deck frame. 

Then use concrete mix and fill in any gaps between your backyard discovery playset and wooden deck. Smooth out all of this with a trowel or by hand so there are no rock-hard lumps that could damage your kids’ feet when they play on their new toy!

Attaching a Backyard Playset to a Wooden Deck

Determine the placement of the playset on the deck and mark the corners of the legs.
Use a drill to make pilot holes in the deck at each corner of the playset.
Insert a metal bracket into each pilot hole with screws.
Attach the legs of the playset to the brackets using bolts.
Tighten the bolts securely, but avoid over-tightening as it can damage the wood.
Repeat the process for all legs of the playset.

Use Concrete Blocks

Concrete blocks are the simplest way to secure your playset, but they can also be a little tricky. It’s important that you get the concrete blocks level and secure before you add them to your playset. 

If you don’t do this, it could be dangerous for children when they play on the set.

Make sure that all of the concrete blocks are level and in contact with each other so that they’re completely secured in place. 

This will ensure that there aren’t any gaps or openings where dirt or debris could get trapped between them.

If your backyard is uneven, try using plastic shims under some of the corners of each block until their tops are level with one another and they don’t move around while walking on them (read more about leveling patio pavers here). 

You never know how much space there might be between two sides; so make sure all sides touch one another before adding more concrete (or climbing!).

After placing each block into place, tap down firmly until it feels sturdy enough not to move while being walked upon by adults/children alike – then repeat steps 1-3 until finished!

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Use Earth Spikes

Earth spikes are an easy and inexpensive way to anchor your playset. These metal stakes are installed directly into the ground, and they go in easily with a hammer or mallet. 

Once they’re in the ground, they can be used to secure multiple things including swingsets, trampolines and even small sheds. Plus, earth spikes are easy enough for anyone even kids to install them on their own!

Use Gravel and Sand

The first step in anchoring your backyard discovery playset is to determine what type of foundation you want to use. You have several options for a solid base:

  • Gravel
  • Sand
  • A mixture of both gravel and sand (this is my favorite)

If you are using a wood-based playset, such as the Backyard Discovery Skyfort II or North States Kid’s Castle, then there will be no need for any type of ground anchor.

Anchor a Wooden Playset to Grass with Spikes

The next step is to anchor the playset to the ground with spikes, which will keep it from moving and secure it against winds and snow.

To do this, use a drill to make holes in the grass where you want to place each spike.

Next, take your hammer and pound each spike into its designated hole until it goes all the way down into the dirt below. 

The last thing you need to do is fill up any leftover space around your playset with dirt or sand so that no water can get inside of it when it rains!

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Dig Holes for Metal Stakes

Use a post hole digger and make sure that the holes are deep enough to hold the stakes and level with each other so that your children can climb up and down without tripping. 

Make sure they are wide enough to fit both sides of each metal stake by placing a board on top of them as you dig, then digging out around it once you remove it.

Insert Anchors into Holes and Screw Into Wood

Now that your playset has arrived, it’s time to start anchoring it down. Make sure you have all of the pieces in your backyard discovery playset kit and open them up. Next, determine which holes in the ground need anchors. 

The easiest way to do this is to go through each piece of equipment and look at where they will be installed on your playset or playground equipment. 

Once you have determined which holes need anchors, hammer some rebar stakes into the ground on either side of those areas so that they are sticking outwards from the ground by about 1/2″ (5mm). 

The next thing that most people do after driving their rebar stakes is drill a small hole near where they want their anchor inserted into their backyard discovery playground set up. 

They then place an anchor into this hole with alligator clamps so that when they use a screwdriver or cordless driver bit for wood screws for outdoor furniture production line machinery , it will hold itself in place while being fastened into place by turning counter clockwise until snugness occurs as shown below:

Anchoring a Backyard Playset with Screws and Wood Anchors

Determine the placement of the playset and mark the corners of the legs.
Dig 4 holes at the marked corners of the playset using a post-hole digger or shovel. The holes should be 1 to 2 feet deep.
Fill each hole with quick-setting cement and allow it to set according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Once the cement is set, insert a wood anchor into each hole.
Using a drill/driver, screw the anchor into the wood through the hole in the center of the anchor.
Allow the anchors to set securely in the wood for at least 24 hours before adding weight to the playset.

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Using concrete mix, fill in holes and smooth with trowel.

Mix concrete in a wheelbarrow, following the measuring instructions on the bag. The correct ratio is 1 part cement to 3 parts sand and 5 parts gravel, but you may need more or less depending on the size of your playset.

Pour concrete into holes and smooth out with a trowel until level with ground surface. Let dry overnight before continuing with steps 3-5 below

Attaching a Metal Playset to a Wooden Backyard Deck

Drill pilot holes. Use a drill to make pilot holes in the metal plate for each screw you’ll be using.

Screw the playset in place. Remove any play equipment from your playset, then use a screwdriver to secure the metal plate to your wooden deck. 

Next, make sure that your new playset is level by using a carpenter’s level or other measurement tool. 

If it isn’t level, adjust where necessary until it is properly aligned with the ground and other parts of your yard or patio area; this will help prevent injuries while children are playing on it!

Stake down securely if needed (optional). If you live in an area with strong winds or high rainfall rates or if you simply want extra protection for safety reasons you can opt to connect stakes into the ground with which you can secure your Discovery Kids Backyard Discovery Playset more firmly into place!

Determine Location of Metal Plates

Next, determine the location of your metal plates. These are important to anchor the playset and ensure that it remains stable. 

To do this, you will need to decide how many metal plates you want to use and where they should be placed on your yard.

First, decide whether or not you want more than one metal plate. Two metal plates may provide a more secure play area for kids who love playing around on a playground set or jungle gym, but it may not work well if space is limited in your backyard. If so, consider using only one plate instead!

Then find out where these two pieces will go: one at each end of each beam (this keeps them level) or all four corners of one beam? Do this by measuring from side-to-side across each platform and then marking with chalk lines so we know exactly where our screws should go before drilling holes into concrete ground!

Drill Pilot Holes in Metal Plate

Drill pilot holes in metal plate. The metal plate may be a little fragile and can crack, so it’s best to drill pilot holes before you hammer the screws into place.

Drill pilot holes in wood. Although you can use a screwdriver to hammer in long screws, it’s not recommended because this type of driver is designed for smaller jobs like cabinets and other furniture. 

So when anchoring wood or other soft materials (like grass), use drill bits instead of regular drivers for better results!

Bolt Metal Plate Onto Deck Frame

Now that the anchor is in place, you can begin to bolt the metal plate onto your deck frame.

There are several ways to do this, such as:

  • Using a drill
  • Using a socket wrench or ratchet
  • Hammering it in with a hammer if you don’t have access to power tools in your backyard (but we recommend using them instead)


It’s important to anchor your playset so it stays safe and secure for the kids. If you choose the right type of anchor that fits your needs, you can be sure that your backyard discovery playset will be stable and secure. 

The best way to figure out what kind of anchor works best for your situation is by doing some research online or asking a professional who specializes in this kind of work.

Further Reading

Here are some additional resources you might find helpful:

Backyard Artisan: How to Anchor Your Swing Set or Playset: This article provides guidance on how to anchor your swing set or playset so that it is safe and secure.

Backyard Sidekick: How to Anchor a Swing Set in Grass, Turf or Concrete: This article provides step-by-step instructions on how to anchor your swing set in different types of surfaces.

Backyard Discovery: 9 Safety Tips for Your Swing Set Kits: This article provides safety tips for swing sets and playsets.


Here are some frequently asked questions about anchoring backyard playsets:

How do I know if my playset needs to be anchored?

If your playset is not anchored, it can be unstable and dangerous. It’s important to anchor your playset if it is not already secured to the ground. Even if your playset is heavy, it can tip over in high wind or when children are playing on it.

What are the different methods for anchoring a playset?

There are several methods for anchoring a playset, including using concrete footings, auger anchors, and ground stakes. The method you choose will depend on the type of playset you have and the surface it will be installed on.

How deep should I dig the holes for concrete footings?

If you’re using concrete footings to anchor your playset, you should dig a hole that is at least 36 inches deep. This will help ensure that the footing is stable and secure.

Can I anchor my playset to a wooden deck?

Yes, you can anchor a playset to a wooden deck. However, you will need to use special hardware to attach the playset to the deck, and the hardware should be rated for the weight of the playset and the number of children who will be using it.

Can I install a playset on a slope?

Installing a playset on a slope can be challenging, but it is possible with the right preparation. You may need to level the ground and build up the area where the playset will be installed, or use a specialized anchoring solution designed for sloped surfaces.