How to create your own indoor Soft Play Area – A Step By Step Guide



If you’re thinking about creating your own indoor soft play area, you’re in exactly the right place.

And we’ve got good news – indoor soft play areas are continuing to rise in popularity; children and families love them for the secure and entertaining setting they can provide, the memories they can help make, and the way they can tire the kids out too!

In this post, we’ll walk you through every step of creating an entertaining soft play area that grabs kids’ imaginations and give them hours of amusement. 

Step 1: Planning and Design

Before you get started on the actual construction of your soft play area, the first step is to properly plan and design it. 

Consider the available space, target age group, and the theme you want to incorporate.

Once you’ve put those considerations down on paper, the next step is to brainstorm ideas and consider several layouts that make the most of the space available, promote flow (so the kids can easily get from one thing to the next), and ensure safety. 

Once you’ve got some ideas, we have a team of professional soft play designers who can help you create a customised space tailored to your specific requirements.

Step 2: Choose High-Quality Soft Play Equipment

Investing in high-quality soft play equipment is essential for ensuring the safety and durability of your play area. 

Creating a soft play area isn’t cheap, so it’s vital that your area stands the test of time and enables you to continue generating revenue, without you constantly having to replace or repair.

All our soft play equipment is made by us, right here in the UK; it’s long lasting and hard wearing for all the visitors you hope to attract. 

When you’re thinking about soft play equipment, it’s important to consider a variety of components: slides, climbing structures, ball pits, tunnels, interactive panels, foam shapes and sensory area equipment and so on and so forth. 

Also remember to choose equipment suitable for the age range you’re targeting – it’s no good specifying a load of drop slides if you’re only looking to cater for toddlers.

Step 3: Safety First

Safety is the first and most important consideration in any soft play area. Everything you produce should always be to the EN1176 standards (which we are able to do!).

Prioritise the installation of appropriate safety measures to protect children from potential hazards and regularly inspect equipment to identify any potential hazards and address them promptly.

Step 4: Installation

Once you’ve signed off your design and it’s been manufactured (hopefully by us!), it’s time to proceed with the installation. 

Our proven  installation team have put together scores of soft play areas over the years, and we ensure all equipment is securely fastened, any potential risks are mitigated and everything is checked and triple-checked.

A well-executed installation will contribute to the long-term success and safety of your soft play area, so don’t rush it, or cut corners on it.

Step 5: Creating a Captivating Atmosphere

The ambiance and aesthetics of your soft play area play a crucial role in attracting and engaging children and adults.

Incorporate a themed colour palette, themed elements, and eye-catching signage to create an immersive and visually appealing environment. 

It’s also well worth considering the addition of soft lighting, playful music, and interactive features to enhance the overall experience. Incorporating unique and imaginative details will make your soft play area stand out from the crowd. You can check out some of our themed builds here (link to another blog post talking about our favourite themed soft play builds)

Step 6: Maintenance and Regular Inspections

Once you’re up and running, regular maintenance and inspections are essential to guaranteeing the longevity and safety of your soft play area. 

Create a maintenance routine to look for signs of wear and tear, missing parts, or harmed equipment, and stick to it.

To preserve hygiene, take care to promptly address any problems and do thorough cleanings. Staff employees should receive safety and hygiene training and be urged to alert you if anything needs to be addressed.

Ready to create your indoor soft play area?

Whether you’re looking to create your indoor soft play area in an entertainment centre, standalone location, or trampoline park, it’s an exciting time, and hopefully the above advice will help you to create the right soft play area for you.

Plan carefully, choose quality equipment, prioritise safety, and you’ll ensure an engaging atmosphere for endless joy and adventure. 

Remember, finally, safety comes first! 

Stay proactive with maintenance and inspections to ensure a delightful and secure environment. Get ready to see smiles and hear laughter as children enjoy fantastic playtime adventures. Start building your dream soft play area now!

Get in touch with us now to find out how we can help you create the soft play you’ve been looking for. No matter the size, we are able to create a bespoke soft play for you!

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To talk to us about your new play area, just give us a call on 01548 521197.

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