Instructions to Build Your Own Wooden Playhouse

Updated April 17, 2017

A playhouse is every kid's dream. Building one yourself can be an economical alternative to expensive store-bought models. With a few basic woodworking tools and materials, building a wooden playhouse by hand can be a quick and easy process.

Cut a doorway from one of the 5-by-4 boards. Measure a rectangle shape at the bottom centre of one of the 5-foot sides, using a yardstick and a pencil. Draw a 4 feet tall by 3 feet wide doorway. Cut the doorway with a hand saw.

Cut a window from two of the 5x4 boards. Measure a square that is 2 feet by 2 feet on each of the boards. Cut the squares with the hand saw.

Sand all five of the boards with sandpaper. Smooth any rough spots and run the sand paper along all of the cut edges to prevent splinters.

Nail the four 5-by-4 boards together to form a box with no top or bottom. Make sure the wall with the doorway is facing front. Cut a 5x5 board in half using a hand saw. Nail the two pieces together to form a right angle, so the pieces look like an upside down V. Place the construction on top of the box and secure in place with nails, so you now have a triangle-shaped roof.

Paint the roof and walls of the playhouse. Let dry completely before continuing.

Attach pieces of fabric over the doorway and the windows with a staple gun, to create privacy. You will need about three yards of fabric.


Let the kids help decorate the playhouse using paints and stickers.


Take care when using the staple gun to prevent piercing your fingers.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 5-by-4 plywood boards
  • 1 5-by-5 plywood board
  • Yardstick
  • Pencil
  • Hand saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Fabric
  • Staple gun
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