How we built a custom backyard playground with rubber mulch for our swingset, playhouse and sand box. Perfect little outdoor play space for your kids and it's soft on the feet.
KIDS TOYS, RENOVATIONS

CUSTOM OUTDOOR PLAYGROUND AREA FOR YOUR BACKYARD AT HOME

My backyard was filled with scattered outdoor toys and I couldn’t take it anymore. A large swingset with several swings and a slide on one side of the yard, a sand box randomly off to another side, and a new playhouse that we were about to makeover that didn’t have a place yet (full playhouse makeover details HERE). My husband decided we needed to make a dedicated playground space and it was such a great idea. We selected an area to set up as a true playground, with rubber mulch and all. My backyard is not only for our pool and toys, but it’s also home to many different things… our yellow school bus turned vacation home (if you haven’t seen it, you can see lots of pictures of it HERE and the video tour of it HERE), our shed, our boat trailer, etc. We’ve been able to make the most of the space by separating into area and that’s exactly what we did with the playground. Beyond being practical, it looks great! I’ll walk you through the steps to create a custom backyard playground just like ours.

How we built a custom backyard playground with rubber mulch for our swingset, playhouse and sand box. Perfect little outdoor play space for your kids and it's soft on the feet.

STEP #1 – SPACE PLANNING

First you need to figure out the area you’ll need to make everything fit and mark it off. We used a string and 4 woods pieces of wood hammered into the ground on the 4 corners. Make sure everything you want to put will fit and leave space for playing. Don’t forget that the swingset requires extra space for climbing the stairs, going down the slide, etc.

How to build a custom backyard playground with rubber mulch. Step 1 is to mark off the space you plan to use and make sure it's big enough for the swingset, playhouse, sandbox or any other outdoor toys you plan to include. Perfect little outdoor play space for your kids to enjoy playing outside.

STEP #2 – REMOVE THE GRASS

Next up you need to remove all the grass in the space you plan to use. We left it marked so that my husband knew exactly what area to dig up. You want to get a level dirt area so you can put everything else on top of it.

How to build a custom backyard playground with rubber mulch. Step 2 is to remove all of the grass from the space you plan to use. This space will fit our swingset, playhouse, sandbox or any other outdoor toys you plan to include. Perfect little outdoor play space for your kids to enjoy playing outside.

STEP #3 – ADD WOOD EDGING

Next up, you need to define the space. We finally removed the string marking it off and added a wood edge. This helps keep the mulch inside the area and separates it from the grass.

How to build a custom backyard playground with rubber mulch. Step 3 is to add a wood edge to enclose the area. This space will fit our swingset, playhouse, sandbox or any other outdoor toys you plan to include. Perfect little outdoor play space for your kids to enjoy playing outside.

STEP #4 – ADD A PROTECTIVE BARRIER

To keep the grass from growing through the mulch, we added a protective barrier. It’s a landscape fabric that helps keep the weeds out. We just laid it out to cover the entire space and attached it to the wood on the edges. It hasn’t been 100% effective, but I’m sure it’s a whole lot better than if we hadn’t put it.

How to build a custom backyard playground with rubber mulch. Step 4 is to add a protective landscape barrier sheet to keep the weeds from growing out into the play area. This space will fit our swingset, playhouse, sandbox or any other outdoor toys you plan to include. Perfect little outdoor play space for your kids to enjoy playing outside.

STEP #5 – PLACE THE TOYS

Now it’s time to put things where they will go and adjust as needed. We first planned to put the sandbox away from the corner, but we decided that we rather have plenty of space for anyone going down the slide, so we adjusted it and moved the sandbox all the way to the corner. The playhouse wasn’t ready yet, so we added that after.

How to build a custom backyard playground with rubber mulch. Step 5 is to figure out the placement of the outdoor toys and adjust as needed. This space will fit our swingset, playhouse, sandbox or any other outdoor toys you plan to include. Perfect little outdoor play space for your kids to enjoy playing outside.

STEP #6 – ADD MULCH

It’s finally time to add the mulch! We went with rubber mulch in a red color so it would look pretty but it’s soft to walk on and so much better if a kid falls. We underestimated how much we would need and had to go back for more, so make sure you buy plenty! That picture below is when we ran out! We thought we had too much, but turns out, we weren’t even close.

How to build a custom backyard playground with rubber mulch. Step 6 is to add the mulch. We chose red rubber mulch for aesthetic but to also keep it soft for the kids. This space will fit our swingset, playhouse, sandbox or any other outdoor toys you plan to include. Perfect little outdoor play space for your kids to enjoy playing outside.
How to build a custom backyard playground with rubber mulch. Step 6 is to add the mulch. We chose red rubber mulch for aesthetic but to also keep it soft for the kids. This space will fit our swingset, playhouse, sandbox or any other outdoor toys you plan to include. Perfect little outdoor play space for your kids to enjoy playing outside.

STEP #7 – ENJOY IT!!

It took about a week of afternoons to complete it, but it was such a success! Our backyard looks so much prettier and my daughter loves her playground space. Here’s some of my favorite memories of fun times playing outside in our newly renovated backyard.

How to build a custom backyard playground with rubber mulch. Our completed space for our swingset, playhouse, sandbox or you can add any other outdoor toys you like. Perfect little outdoor play space for your kids to enjoy playing outside.
How we built a custom backyard playground with rubber mulch for our swingset, playhouse and sand box. Perfect little outdoor play space for your kids and it's soft on the feet.
How we built a custom backyard playground with rubber mulch for our swingset, playhouse and sand box. Our playhouse was a store bought one that we renovated and turned into a little girls pink and white playhouse of her dreams. This outdoor playground is perfect little outdoor play space for your kids and it's soft on the feet.
How we built a custom backyard playground with rubber mulch for our swingset, playhouse and sand box. Our sandbox is filled with beach toys and she loves playing in it. This outdoor playground is perfect little outdoor play space for your kids and it's soft on the feet.
How we built a custom backyard playground with rubber mulch for our swingset, playhouse and sand box. Our sandbox is filled with beach toys and she loves playing in it for hours on end. This outdoor playground is perfect little outdoor play space for your kids and it's soft on the feet.
How we built a custom backyard playground with rubber mulch for our swingset, playhouse and sand box. Perfect little outdoor play space for your kids and it's soft on the feet.


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