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A Guide to Wooden Climbing Frames

Introduction to wooden climbing frames

There is a large number of timber climbing frames to choose from; different names, types, and sizes and it can be overwhelming choosing the right product for your playground. But do not worry, here at Signet Play we have a short guide to some of the questions you may have and just some of the many wooden climbing frames we can offer.

How long does a wooden climbing frame last?

Clamber Stack Zio with Slide

All our timber used has a minimum 15-year service life specification and any play equipment installed comes with a 10-20-year guarantee depending on which specification you choose. The timber is also sustainably sourced from UK pine or radiata pine. All our timber has a high-pressure treatment process, so peace of mind is assured when buying our wooden climbing frames.

The treatment process is as follows:
• Timber is loaded into a treatment vessel. Initial vacuum is applied and the timber cells are evacuated of air.
• The timber is then flooded under vacuum with TANALITH wood preservative.
• Hydraulic pressure is then applied to force the preservative deep into the cells of the timber.
• Then a final vacuum extracts excess preservative solution.
• Low pressure within the timber then draws in a surface solution when vented into the atmosphere. The treated timber is then left to dry, ready to be installed into a playground.

Thus giving long-lasting life to the play equipment ready to be installed.

What type of climbing frames are there?

There are many types under many names. You may know them as Tower Units, Clamber Stacks, or Adventure Trails, which all come under this umbrella.

A few examples of a wooden climbing frame:

Clamber Stacks

Clamber Castle

Clamber Stacks are wooden frames made up of timber, rope, and HDPE. It has been innovatively designed to replicate a natural, challenging, and enjoyable play environment, encouraging children to develop balance, co-ordination, and imagination through creative play. With a large product range and a number of different size options, you’re sure to find the right Clamber Stack for any age, ability, or budget.

Play Frames


With timber play frame units from 600mm up to 1600m platform heights, our play frame units offer an exciting challenge for children of all ages. Due to the unique modular design of our play frame units, you can choose from a selection of set units or alternatively change the options and colours to create an exclusive and distinctive wooden climbing frame that meets your needs.

Alternatively, the Adventure Trail is a great addition, where you can have a set trail or create a bespoke trail for the kids to clamber and climb on.

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