In early Dec, I started noticing that my 4 year old son was getting to be just as tall as the Fisher Price slide we had inside for him. I saw that when he went to slide down, his feet would hit the bottom almost the moment he started down the slide. I could tell he still wanted to use it, but wasn’t having fun. At that point, I knew I had to do something.
After spending quite a bit of time searching for pre-made slides online, I knew that if my son was going to get a new slide, within our budget, & one that would fit our space the way we wanted it to, I’d have to make it myself. So, with a pencil & paper, I started to design a new slide for him, & it quickly turned into a slide/fort/super hero costume storage unit.
I feel that although it looks complicated, it really is pretty straight forward to build. I made it all from 2x4’s, 2x6’s, a piece of plywood, step stringers, and reused wood from an old Ikea book shelf. My father-in-law’s neighbor was getting ride of his children old green slide, so I took it off of his hands, which saved a good amount fo money,
After that, I built 4 squares with the 2x6’s, raising two of the squares off of the ground with the 2x4’s in the corners, & covered it all with the sheet of plywood to make the roof.
Now, my son has a ball sliding down a slide that is more appropriate for his size, we can stay warm inside during the winter which makes me happy, & my wife has more storage space for his toys, which makes her happy.