Kids will love to play in their own special playhouse. By adding bright and cheerful colours and adding features like a sand pit, a special planting area or a climbing frame you can create a fun place to play in for kids young and old.
Tools & materials required
How to build a children's garden playhouse
You can buy your playhouse in a kit that comes with all the materials you need. Look for non-toxic wood treatments and perspex windows for added safety and peace of mind. As with a garden shed, you'll need to start with a firm and level base - which could be a concrete pad or some purpose-built decking. It's wise to fit the glazing and window beading before you put your playhouse together.
Top tip - Keep it straight
Use a builder's square to make sure all your corners form true right-angles.
Fitting toughened safety glass or perspex in the windows of the playhouse will make it more suitable for children.
Position the floor and put up the gable ends and sides in the same way as if you were putting up a shed. Use a builder's square to check the corners are all 90° and then fit the roof ridge bar. Nail in the roof support block and corner trims using 40mm nails and lift the roof panels into position following the same procedure.
Next, align the building and hammer in evenly-spaced 40mm nails through the side frames to secure the floor. If your playhouse has a small veranda like the one pictured, position its floor at the front of the playhouse.
Secure the veranda rails onto the front of the playhouse. Screw the bottom of the rails down into the floor, and the tops into the eaves of the playhouse. Countersink all the screws.
The next step is to felt the roof. Where the gable end felt meets and overhangs the front eave, hold a piece of timber beneath the felt and use a sharp craft knife to make a straight cut from the corner of the roof to the edge of the felt.
Fold the cut flap underneath and nail the felt down at the corner.
Nail the fascia to the gable ends using two nails per section. If your playhouse is on a deck, it's a good idea to screw it down to stop it slipping on the smooth surface. Drill 100mm countersunk screws through the runners inside the playhouse (there's no need to fix it to a concrete surface.)
You can then treat your playhouse with wood preservative, exterior wood paint or stain, just as you would a shed or fence. You could paint it inside too.