How do I build an easy playhouse?

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How do I build an easy playhouse?
A playhouse can inspire a variety of imaginary role playing and developmental games. (girl in the house image by Vladislav Gajic from

A playhouse is a building especially for children. It allows them to play a variety of games outdoors with a group of friends. These houses can be used by boys or girls to create and play games ranging from house to hospital to school to any other game you can imagine. A playhouse is a very diverse item, however they do not need to be incredibly expensive. Creating a playhouse can be a very inexpensive project that can last for years.

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Things you need

  • 1 piece 3/4-inch plywood, 60-inches by 50-inches
  • 4 2x4s, 48-inches long
  • 4 pieces 3/4-inch plywood, 48-inches wide by 48-inches tall
  • 4 4x4s, 48-inches long
  • 8 2x6s, 48-inches long
  • 1 box 3 1/2-inch nails
  • Hand saw
  • Level
  • Shovel
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure

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  1. 1

    Build the base of the playhouse by selecting the four 2x4s that measure 48-inches in length. Place two running vertically and the remaining two horizontally, thin side up, to create a box. Drive two nails through each corner connection point.

  2. 2

    Align one 48-inch 2x6, wide face up, with any chosen edge of the 48-inch by 48-inch frame you created with the 2x4s. Continue to lay the remaining seven 2x6s across the frame until the entire top surface is covered, creating a solid playhouse floor. Hammer three nails through each end of each 2x6 to connect the boards to the 2x4 base frame.

  3. 3

    Dig a 48-inch by 48-inch flat surface in the ground. You may only need to remove one to two inches of dirt throughout the space in order to completely level the ground. Check the ground with the level to ensure the surface is flat. Drop the base frame onto the flat surface. Pile the removed dirt around the exterior of the frame for added support.

  4. 4

    Measure and mark a boarder 3/4-inch from each edge of the base top surface. Line up one 4x4 to each corner mark so that it is standing 48-inches tall. Angle two nails through each side of each 4x4 post to create a strong connection between the base and the corner posts.

  5. 5

    Place three 3/4-inch plywood sheets measuring 48-inches by 48-inches on a flat surface. Measure and mark one to two squares on each sheet. If you decide to place two windows, create boxes at different levels measuring 18-inches tall by 16-inches wide. If you choose to place one window on a sheet, mark a square that measures 24-inches tall by 18-inches wide. Cut out the marked areas with a handsaw.

  6. 6

    Place the remaining 3/4-inch plywood sheet measuring 48-inches by 48-inches on a flat surface. Select one edge to designate as the bottom edge of the sheet. Measure in 15-inches from each corner along the bottom edge. Measure up 36-inches from each 15-inch mark towards the top edge. Draw this line, and connect the two points at the top of the 36-inch lines to create an 18-inch wide by 36-inch door area. Cut the door out with a handsaw.

  7. 7

    Stand the 3/4-inch plywood sheet that you cut the door area from, along the edge of your choice. Align the plywood sheet with the edges of the base, and nail the plywood onto the playhouse by driving one nail through the plywood into the 4x4 every 6-inches. Place the remaining three 3/4-inch sheets of plywood around the remaining three sides and drive nails through each outer edge in the same manner.

  8. 8

    Select the 60-inch by 50-inch sheet of plywood and place the plywood on a flat surface with the 50-inch edges positioned on the top and bottom. Measure up 4-inches from the bottom edge of the 50-inch by 60-inch plywood and draw a line from side to side at this location.

  9. 9

    Place the 60-inch by 50-inch sheet of plywood on top of the playhouse by lining the 4-inch mark up to the wall opposite the door wall. This will create an 8-inch overhang of the roof over the door opening. Center the roof width to the walls of the playhouse and drive one nail every 12-inches around the perimeter of the roof in order to connect the roof to the playhouse walls.

Tips and warnings

  • Paint exterior walls different colours for a more playful appearance.

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