Tips on Creating the Ultimate Kids Playhouse


Tips on creating the ultimate kids playhouseWe recently built this ultimate kids playhouse as the centerpiece to what has become a really awesome playroom for our kids.  This space used to be a largely unused sitting/entry room and I couldn’t be happier that it is now one of the most used rooms in our house.  The creation of this play room, and more specifically the playhouse, has solved several issues for us:

  • It gives the kids a place for active play during inclement weather
  • It gives the kids a shared play space so that their bedrooms can be more private
  • It adds attractive lighting to a room that had no built in lights
  • It greatly adds to the square footage since there’s space above and below to play in
Constructing the Kids Playhouse

To start we measured out our space and sketched up a rough plan for the ultimate playhouse using Visio.  If you are going to include an indoor slide make sure there will be enough room between the end of the slide and the wall. We have 55 inches of clearance between the end of the slide and the wall and I don’t think I’d cut it much closer than that.  You don’t want anyone to face-plant into the drywall! When planning you can use the good ‘ol Pythagorean Theorem to calculate how far out from the edge of the playhouse the slide will end.

We framed it out using 2×4’s making sure that everything was square and level.

B and M constructing play house

Then we screwed down 1/2″ sanded plywood for the floor and covered it with a remnant carpet pad and carpet. My father in law, who is a very skilled carpenter and makes everything look way too easy, took over for a while at this point.  He did all the detail work including the pine board panels, arched window and doorways, the awning and the adorable flower box and shutters.

Adding Some Functional Details

I had been scoping out playhouses on pinterest for a while and thought it was a great idea to put pegboard, chalkboard and white board walls inside, so we did that.  Pegboard puppet storage near the window

The kids often like to put on puppet shows through the window of the playhouse so we put the pegboard right next to the window to conveniently store their puppets.

Reading nook underneath the playhouse

We turned the area below the kids playhouse into a cozy reading nook.   The bookshelf used to be sitting on a desk so it is the perfect short height to fit underneath the playhouse.  It is screwed to the leg of the playhouse so that it can’t be tipped over.  And the green pad that you can see on the floor in the picture above is actually a pack n play mattress that we repurposed for this and it fits perfectly in the nook (plus it’s great that when the kids get it dirty I can just throw the sheet in the washer!)

Let There Be Light

We needed some great lighting in this little nook so we put some battery operated LED push lights (that the kids can reach and push on themselves) on the ceiling in the nook. But we quickly realized that the batteries weren’t lasting long so we hard wired the little push lights so that we could plug them in.  You can still push them to turn them off so they can be operated independently of the other lights in the kids playhouse.

Install lighting that kids can use

You can see the little hardwired push lights in the picture above along with a small remote control that we hung just inside the reading nook.  The remote controls the outlet that all the playhouse lights are connected to.  In addition to the reading nook lights we also installed LED string lights around the inside of the playhouse, and a porch light on the outside wall of the playhouse near the door.  The porch light looks adorable and actually functions really well to light the whole room since it is positioned near the center of the room.

Inside the playhouse

The kids love their playhouse, and we love watching them enjoy it!

I would have loved having a playhouse like this as a kid! What about you?

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