Sun, Jan 9, 2005, 8:43pm (EST-1) firstname.lastname@example.org (Nick) asks:
Does anyone kow where I could get guidlines for building a kids
Never heard of such an animal as guidelines for a playhouse. I'd
say lots of common sense. You get politicians giving guidelines, and
they'll suck all the fun out, for everyone but them.
Railings, I'd think at least waist high on an adult - don't want
the little buggers trtipping and falling over accidently, let 'm climb
on it and fall off like they're suppsed to do..
Spindle spacing, I'd make them too close for even a little kid to
stick their head thru, because, sooner or later one probably will.
Ceiling height? I'd make it high enough you could walk in standing
straight, unless you want to walk thru bent over.
Bridge, I'd want either a solid floor, or very closely spaced
planks. A kd in one of the Raleigh parks was screwing around on a
bridge, with I think railroad ties linked with chain. You'd have
thought no prob, but somehow this kid got his foot between them. I'd
have been willing to bet no one could have, but... Took seeral adults
seveal minutes to get him out.
Ladders, I think I'd make hand rails, and fasten them in place
probably. Or, have them so they can't tip backwards anyway. I would
think pull up would be OK too, as long as you figured out some way they
wouldn't tip backwards.
Rock wall I wouldn't, but it's your call.
Pole? Why not, as long as you make sure it's smooth, so no one
gets cut hands, or metal splinters.
In other words, anything you want to play with, as long as it's
reasonably safe for kids too. If you make it totally safe, not too many
kids are gonna want to play in it. I mean, kids are gonna trip on level
ground and themselves at times.
Success is getting what you want.
Happiness is wanting what you get.
- Dale Carnegie