How to Set Up an Adult Slip and Slide in Your Backyard

Setting up an adult slip and slide in your backyard is a great way to bring the excitement of a water park to your home. Follow this comprehensive guide to create a fun, safe, and memorable slip and slide experience for adults.

Materials Needed

  • Heavy-duty plastic sheeting (10-12 feet wide, 50-100 feet long)
  • Garden hose
  • Lawn stakes or tent stakes
  • Pool noodles or foam padding
  • Non-toxic, eco-friendly dish soap
  • Hammer or mallet
  • Water source (outdoor spigot)
  • Waterproof tape (for repairs)
  • Optional: inflatable pool crash pads

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Select the Perfect Location

  1. Flat or Slightly Sloped Area: Choose a flat area or one with a gentle slope to ensure a smooth ride.
  2. Clear of Obstacles: Ensure the location is free of rocks, sticks, and other debris that could cause injuries or damage the slide.
  3. Ample Space: Make sure there’s enough room for the length and width of the slide, plus extra space for safety at the end.

Step 2: Prepare the Ground

  1. Mow the Lawn: Cut the grass short to create a smooth surface.
  2. Remove Debris: Clear away any rocks, sticks, or other sharp objects.
  3. Water the Ground: Lightly water the ground if it’s very hard to soften it up for a more comfortable sliding surface.

Step 3: Lay Out the Plastic Sheeting

  1. Unroll the Sheeting: Lay out the heavy-duty plastic sheeting on the chosen area, ensuring it’s straight and free of wrinkles.
  2. Overlap If Needed: If the slide needs to be longer, overlap multiple sheets by at least a foot and secure them with waterproof tape.

Step 4: Secure the Slide

  1. Stake Down the Edges: Use lawn stakes or tent stakes to secure the plastic sheeting to the ground. Place stakes every 4-5 feet along both sides of the slide.
  2. Reinforce the Top and Bottom: Add extra stakes at the top and bottom of the slide for added security.

Step 5: Add Safety Padding

  1. Pool Noodles: Place pool noodles or foam padding along the sides of the slide to create a barrier and prevent sliders from going off the slide.
  2. Secure the Noodles: Use waterproof tape or additional stakes to keep the noodles in place.

Step 6: Set Up the Water Source

  1. Attach the Hose: Connect a garden hose to an outdoor spigot and run it along the length of the slide.
  2. Sprinkler Attachment: Attach a sprinkler to the end of the hose for even water distribution.
  3. Position the Hose: Secure the hose with stakes or tape to ensure water flows evenly down the slide.

Step 7: Lubricate the Slide

  1. Apply Dish Soap: Spread a generous amount of non-toxic, eco-friendly dish soap along the plastic sheeting. This reduces friction and makes the slide slippery.
  2. Even Distribution: Use a sponge or your hands to spread the soap evenly across the entire slide.

Step 8: Test the Slide

  1. Check for Safety: Before everyone starts sliding, test the slide yourself to ensure it’s adequately lubricated and secure.
  2. Adjust as Needed: Add more water or soap as necessary to ensure a smooth and safe sliding experience.

Step 9: Enjoy the Slide

  1. Sliding Guidelines: Remind everyone to slide feet-first to minimize the risk of injury.
  2. One at a Time: To avoid collisions, have sliders go one at a time.
  3. Monitor Use: Supervise the activity to ensure everyone follows the safety rules.

Step 10: Post-Slide Care

  1. Rinse Off: After sliding, rinse off any soap and grass to prevent skin irritation.
  2. Dry and Store: At the end of the day, dry the slide thoroughly and store it in a cool, dry place to prevent mold and extend its lifespan.

Tips for a Great Experience

  • Hydrate: Keep plenty of water and snacks available to stay hydrated and energized.
  • Sun Protection: Use sunscreen and take breaks in the shade to avoid sunburn.
  • Footwear: Consider wearing water shoes to protect your feet and provide better traction.
  • Music and Games: Add some music and games to enhance the fun atmosphere.


Setting up an adult slip and slide in your backyard is an exciting way to enjoy the summer. With the right materials and careful setup, you can create a safe and fun experience for everyone. Follow these steps to ensure your slip and slide is a hit at your next backyard gathering. Happy sliding!