What Are The Best Materials For Playground Borders?

What Are The Best Materials For Playground Borders?

According to the National Safety Council, proper playground surfacing is critical to preventing head injuries. They recommend, at a minimum, that playgrounds have 12 inches of resilient surfacings, such as rubber matting or wood chips, to protect against head injuries from falls. In addition, NSC recommends adding playground borders around all play equipment to contain the surfacing material and help prevent serious injuries from falling to a harder surface.

In this blog, you’ll learn:

  • Dangers of not having durable playground borders
  • How to check for playground hazards
  • Which playground border materials work best to prevent slips and falls
  • How To Protect Your Children & Playground with Frame It All’s Playground Border Kits

Dangers of Not Having Durable Playground Borders

If you are considering not having durable playground borders for your playground, you may want to think again. Not only are durable playground borders important for keeping your playground looking great, but they also play a vital role in safety.


Here are a few reasons why you should make sure your playground has durable borders: First, playground borders help to keep loose materials, like sand and mulch, from spilling onto the surrounding areas. This can help to prevent trip and fall hazards for children and adults alike. Second, playground borders help to contain playground equipment. When equipment is not properly contained, it can pose a safety hazard to children as they may fall off or be injured by loose parts or small screws.

How To Check For Playground Hazards

When children are playing on a playground, adults need to be aware of the potential hazards that may be present. Here are some tips on how to check for playground hazards: Look for sharp objects that could cut or scrape children.


Check for loose or missing parts on playground equipment. Make sure there are no gaps or openings that children could fall through. Ensure that the surface of the playground is safe and free of trip hazards. Be aware of any potential hazards that could be present in the surrounding area, such as moving traffic or a body of water.

Which Playground Border Materials Work Best To Prevent Slips & Falls

There are a few things to consider when choosing playground border materials to prevent slips. The first is the material itself. Concrete, blacktop, and wood are all common materials for playgrounds, but they can all become slippery when wet. That's why it's important to choose a material that has a good texture to prevent slips.


 The second thing to consider is the thickness of the border. A thicker border will be more difficult to slip on than a thinner one. The third thing to consider is the height of the border. A taller border will be more difficult to slip on than a shorter one.


A few of the features of the playground border materials Frame It All sells include:

  • Food-safe composite boards are made from 38% HDPE Plastic and 62% Certified Sustainably Sourced Wood Fibers.
  • Snap-Lock Anchor/Stacking Brackets – simply slide and snap
  • Composite Boards feature a textured finish that blends into any environment


Visit our website to browse all of our playground borders and playground border materials.

Protect Your Children & Playground with Frame It All’s Playground Border Kit - Straight Boards

Protect your playground and children with Frame It All’s Playground Border Kit - Straight Boards. Each kit contains composite boards and snap-lock anchor and stacking brackets. Each board measures 5.5 inches in height. Our patented snap-lock brackets simply slide onto each end of a board and fasten securely with locking plugs. Curved kits are also available and can be used interchangeably with straight kits to create natural borders that integrate with your landscape.

Did you know? When calculating the dimensions of your playground border, a good rule of thumb is to allow 2X the height of your swing set in front and behind the swing, and six feet on either side of the swing set. For example, if your swing set is 7 feet high, you would want 14 feet of safety surface in front of and behind the swing, for a total depth of 28 feet.

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