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How to Select the Right Mount Style for your New Play Structure or Outdoor Picnic Tables and Benches

Two factors to consider when selecting a mounting type for outdoor furniture and equipment are:

  1. Surface: Where am I placing this outdoor structure? (i.e. grass, concrete, sandy soil)

  2. Use: How will my outdoor structure be used? (i.e. sitting, children climbing and playing, trash can)

Portable Mounts



Surface: Any
Use: Outdoor picnic tables, outdoor benches, outdoor trash receptacles, and bike racks



Some outdoor structures are left unmounted and may be moved from their original location. Such structures are often listed with the mounting type "portable". However, some outdoor equipment, like outdoor trash cans, may be vulnerable to tipping or theft. Although tipping or theft is rare, there are wooden outdoor trash receptacles that weigh as little as 30 lbs when empty and some commercial metal trash cans are as light as 50 lbs. If you need the convenience of portable outdoor furniture to reconfigure your outdoor space, this mounting style is your best bet. Also, because this mount style does not require additional equipment, it's also the most cost-effective option. If you're planning to rest your portable outdoor furniture on a concrete surface, check if any protective accessories are available to protect your furniture from scratching.

More portable mount styles pictured below. You'll find these mount styles on products by Leisure Craft Inc.
More Portable Mount Styles

Portable Picnic Table Example

This portable picnic table does not require mounting and is heavy and stable enough to be used safely without mounting.

Ground Spike Surface Mounts



Surface: Grass, clay, hard and packed-in soil
Use: Play Structures



Easily installed, ground spikes offer extra stability without requiring digging or concrete. Most of the play structures offered in our store come standard with the necessary amount of ground spikes for that play structure. Ground spikes, however, are not recommended for use on sandy or loamy soil surfaces. Play structures intended to be used in sandy or loamy soil conditions should be mounted with concrete in-ground mounts.

Easy installation of ground spikes on a play structure

Anchor Bolt Surface Mounts



Surface: Concrete
Use: Outdoor picnic tables, outdoor benches, outdoor trash receptacles, and outdoor play structures



Mounting an outdoor structure to a concrete surface will require drilling into the existing concrete. Some anchor surface mounting kits, such as the ones available for our outdoor picnic tables, benches, and trash receptacles, require first drilling holes into the existing concrete to embed anchors for the bolts of the anchor surface mount. Anchor bolts for our play structures are drilled directly into the existing concrete in one step. When mounting playground equipment to concrete, consider adding a safety surface such as SurfaceSure's Poured Rubber Surfacing, Interlocking or Standard Tiles, or engineered wood fiber.

More anchor surface mount styles pictured below. You'll find these mount styles on products by Leisure Craft Inc.
More Anchor Surface Mount Styles

An example of a picnic table anchor surface mount

Picnic table surface mount example

An example of a play structure anchor surface mount

Play structure anchor surface mount example

Concrete In-Ground Mounts



Surface: Grass or soil surfaces
Use: Outdoor picnic tables, outdoor benches, outdoor trash receptacles, and outdoor play structures



Concrete In-Ground Mounts include a long anchoring post around which concrete will be poured and cured. Deep holes (min. of 18"D for play structures) must first be dug to receive the concrete in-ground mount. When concrete is poured to fill in the gaps around the in-ground mount within the hole, be sure to keep the top 4" below grade and sloped away from the post or leg to promote good water drainage. Before it dries, wash off any concrete that may have gotten onto the post, leg, or body of the outdoor furniture you mounted. The concrete must be allowed to harden for a minimum of 48 hours before allowing use of your new outdoor equipment. It is recommended that playgrounds are roped off for 48 hours to prevent children from playing on the new equipment before the concrete has fully cured.

More concrete in-ground mount styles pictured below. You'll find these mount styles on products by Leisure Craft Inc.
More Concrete In-Ground Mount Styles

An example of a concrete in-ground mount

Play structure concrete in-ground mount example

An example of a table in-ground mount

Picnic table in-ground mount example

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