Backyard Discovery Skyfort II All Cedar Wood Swing Playset
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- One of our most popular backyard playset kits featuring both a clubhouse and a lower playdeck, 2 belt swings, a swing glider, a slide, a sandbox and monkey bars
- Raised kids clubhouse with wood roof, windows, covered entry way, and bay windows. Roomy front porch with sun balcony and even a crow's nest
- A picnic table for four beneath the upper kids fort. Thre is also a sandbox for kids beneath this backyard fort in this skyfort cedar swing set
- Two standard belt swing set swings and a two-person swing set glider. A 10 foot kids slide - wavelike super safe but speedy in this wood playset
- Our swing set with monkey bar makes this backyard playset fun and challenging for kids. A standard playset ladder as well as a challenging solid rock climbing wall for kids
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From the Manufacturer
Huge Upper Fort
A spacious upper fort leads to the crow's nest. Your kids will feel like they are on top of the world.
The rock wall is both fun and challenging. Metal grab handles make getting in an out of the upper fort easy and safe.
Climbing builds strength and coordination. Anchored metal ladder and climbing rungs will not flex or roll while in use.
3 Position Swing Beam
Includes two belt swings and a fun two person glider!
Skyfort II Wooden Swing Set
The Sky Fort II is made from 100% cedar. With small, tight knot structure, your lumber will be less likely to develop small cracks emanating from knots. In laboratory testing, our durable cedar wood proved to be rot resistant and highly resistant to natural decay. All lumber is pre-stained for a smooth and clear appearance, as well as cut and stamped with the part number to help speed up the building process. Some pilot-hole drilling may be required. Our exclusive Safe-T-Fuse hardware makes assembly easy and secure. Its laminated swing beam is built strong, with steel clam-shell brackets to ensure that swinging is always safe.
- Raised clubhouse
- Front porch with sun balcony
- Wood roof
- Crow's nest
- Lower deck with snack stand and picnic table
- Monkey bars
- Three-position swing beam
- Rock climbing wall
- 10' ft. wave slide
Exclusive Safe-T-Fuse Hardware
Safe-T-Fuse locking nuts resist loosening over time and the rounded surface wont catch on clothing or scrape little hands.
Heavy Duty Brackets
High strength steel brackets are used to join major components together. Powder coating is applied to all metal parts for maximum protection from the elements.
Made from 100% cedar wood, which naturally resists mold and decay. All plastic components are UV resistant.
Meets ASTM Standards
All Backyard Discovery sets meet or exceed the toughest safety standards to make sure your kids are safe.
This outdoor playset will be the kids' favorite, with its raised clubhouse play fort, wooden roof, gabled entry way and balcony. From the crow's nest, they’ll cast a keen eye to the horizon, then race to the monkey bars and swing set on its three-position swing beam. A solid rock wall and standard ladder will give them healthy climbing fun while a 10' wave slide will zoom them down to start all over again!
Top Customer Reviews
After its arrival, my best friend and I used bedtime, and our massive garage, to lay everything out. Very first step? Print the PDF version (found online) of the manual, page by page. I just printed the actual steps pages, and not all the rest. So, use your "print pages" option to save yourself a few trees. Next, I purchased fold top, cheap sandwich bags and had a couple sharpies handy. Then we opened the boxes, and pulled the packing slips out (one box was missing a packing slip, so we just used process of elimination). There is no rhyme or reason for how this all is packed, other than it fits perfectly, into 3 boxes, like a puzzle.
The steps have you put together big items first (monkey bars, swing set assembly, rock wall, rear ladder, crow's nest base and slide). Then, it goes on to step by step for how to build the clubhouse. After the main structure is together, you attach all the things. We took the first page(s) and found all of the items needed to construct the first big item. We laid them all into a pile, found all of the nuts/bolts/locks/etc and put them into individual baggies (clearly labeled). We piled them all together, and put the corresponding papers on top of it. Then to the next large piece's parts and pages... and the next, and the next. Soon, all of the main items were placed into piles, with every piece of wood and hardware, with the pages that told you how to construct them, laying on top.
Next, we got to the instructions for each step of the main structure/clubhouse. Since you can't really "group" them together, we literally went page by page. Each page has what wood pieces and hardware are needed, listed on the top. Some piles had 1 piece of wood, and a bolt or two... some piles had MULTIPLE. (Oh... each baggie, with hardware, I would write something like "monkey bars - bolt # and what size/quantity"... just look at the photos for all of these examples, cause I don't want to explain it wrong). But, we just went page by page. Laying it all out, in order. This took us 2 nights... just the two of us (and a few adult beverages).
Here was my thought process... I had myself, my husband, and 2 other couples, willing to come over and help FOR ONE SATURDAY. What I didn't want? One single book, being passed around, people looking for things, using wrong pieces, losing things, etc. If I had them for a day, I needed to make the MOST of it. It totally worked! It was the most methodical madness...ever. All the comments from friends were "I'm so glad you had this all so organized!"
They all came over Saturday morning. They brought their drills and bits (and coffee). We got started right away (about 11AM). Each couple grabbed one of the larger item piles, and put together whatever it was (my one piece of advice? Pay attention to the slide... bolting the wood to the bottom? You need to leave a little slide at the end. The piece of wood doesn't sit flush with the end of the slide. I missed this. Thankfully, a friend had a good idea with how to fix it, without making more holes in the slide... thank you, friend!). After all of the items were constructed, we set them in the front yard.
It was now on to constructing the clubhouse. This part was harder to work with all 6 hands. But, some were working, and others were grabbing items/tools/instructions/etc. We decided to build most of the clubhouse on the driveway, for a level surface, and easy access to all of the steps, that were still laid out in the garage. Once we got to a point that we felt we should move it, we brought it down (again, refer to photos). From there, we had people bringing each step down, and crews alternating working on the rest of the steps (it was pretty hot that day, so the switching off was nice). But, it was great to have some extra company and encouragement. ;) Toward the end, we had all the crews connecting the big items, simultaneously, and the lone man up in the crow's nest (that thing is seriously the most time consuming part of it all). While they were finishing all the last details, I ran to Home Depot, and picked up 15 50lb bags of play sand. I think we wound up only using 12-13 bags, for all of you wondering. By 7PM, every last item was done, the sandbox was filled, and the kids were having a blast.
Later, we got some 5" edging, and edged out an irregular shape, around the play set. It took about 6 yards of play bark to fill it with a few inches (makes my mama heart feel better, in case anyone falls off). All in all, I'm estimating it took about as long to lay out the parts as it did to put it together. However... it was completely worth it. I would NOT do it any other way. Nothing was lost, broken, installed wrong (except ALMOST the bottom board of the slide). A few pieces were a little warped.. but none were broken. This is WOOD. Not every piece will be perfect.
Do I regret this purchase? Absolutely not! My kids are like "can we go out and play on our park, before dinner?" They love it. They are 3.5 and 2, and play just great on it. It is PLENTY tall. Adults can fit... even up in the crow's nest. Can I stand up, completely (I'm 5'11")? No. But we have older children come play on it, and no child has been "too big" for it, yet. I think the oldest child we had was like 10.5? Perhaps older. The slide is long... even I get going a little bit on it. Before I added the wood chips, I could dangle from the monkey bars (there are 4 bars), without touching the ground. With wood chips, I just barely have to pick up my feet. The girls are too small to do the monkey bars alone. I've seen some people block off the entrance to it, on the club house, and leave them off altogether, but my kids don't attempt without us, so we opted to leave it on, for their older friends/cousins. They learned to do the rock wall quickly, and love it. They eat on the picnic table a lot. Downfall? Their friends can NOT keep the sand in the sandbox. I'm debating constructing something that keeps it closed, so those friends can't get into it... I HATE cleaning up the sand from the lower deck. The seesaw swing is awesome, since the girls aren't big enough to "pump" on a normal swing really well, yet. They get going on that double swing like crazy, so I don't always have to be out to push them on the other 2. The telescope is fun. It isn't magnified, or anything, but nobody has complained.
I can see us getting MANY years of good use out of this. I'm so happy I didn't get a smaller set. Truly... for the price, you get SO many options for them to play on, and kids of all sizes can fit. It is very very sturdy, and looks beautiful in the yard. I am happy to answer questions!
Good: Its actually very nice. especially for the money. It took 2 of us 40 hours to assemble - including I re stained the entire fort to get longer life. Not bad quality for under 10 year olds. Ran into no issues assembly, instructions pictures could be little better. Make sure to put paver bricks under all the ground contact to give sturdiness to set as well as keep wood off the soil. A $20 investment that will add years to the set.
Cons: Cedar is not good quality cedar, soft and if left out in sun without treating with stain, it will become brittle and warp. During the 4 days of assembly, the pieces were out in the sun and we got some rain - the wood started to warp and splinter - so keep out of sun during assembly and HIGHLY RECOMMEND using same color SEMI Thompson Stain and Sealer everything as you assemble. You will appreciate greatly!!! Especially if live in the south. Another con is the instructions - very easy to follow, but you can barely see pilot holes on the pictures and you may end up assembly and disassembling if you have board facing wrong way. MAKE SURE TO LOOK AT PICS carefully for which way boards aim. The french instructions were actually better. I already mentioned above the safety concern. I would either remove a swing and only use two swings at a time, or buy a longer swing beam. absolutely not safe as children get older!!! And last - I am not sure this will stand-up to young teenagers plying on. It is very sturdy, but I think boards are thin for older kids. I would say this is good for 10 and under. (I think that is the recommended age anyway)
Overall - well worth the price and daughter loves it!!!!!!