Ever since our playhouse fell apart in a storm last year I’ve been wanting a new outdoor play space. This week I was inspired to make my own after helping build a platform for my sisters playhouse.
(Warning: Some measurements may vary slightly be sure to fit you pieces before making final cuts and securing.)
I started by building my own platform.
-5′ treated pine 6×2 board (x2)
-4’9″ treated pine 6×2 board (x3)
-5′ treated pine 6×1 boards (x8)
-4×4 or 6×6 treated wood post. The size depends on how high you need you platform and if it is located on a slanted or level area (x4)
-3″ deck screws
First, I built the frame by screwing together the 5 frame boards into a square with a center support.
Next, I added the decking, trying to keep it evenly spaced and attaching each board on the ends and to the center support.
Once the platform was complete I flipped it upside down and attached my post. My post had to be uneven due to the hill it was going to be placed on but this would vary depending on where you choose to put your playhouse.
With the platform ready we took a break, put on a few performances, and rested up for our next day of work.
The playhouse frame was quite simple and took very little time to get together.
-4′ pine 2×4 boards (x4)
-4’7″ pine 2×4 boards (x4)
-3’6″ treated or untreated pine 2×4 boards
The two walls were created by building basic squares and then attaching them directly on top of the platform.
The roof was created by cutting one end of each 3’6″ board at a 30 degree angle and screwing them together.
Next I attached the front and back roof pieces to the wall Framing.
To attach the top roofing board I used two metal stud connectors (one on each side). This also reinforced the already connected boards.
The last step was attaching my outdoor fabric. I measured and attached one edge of fabric to a pine 2×4 cut to fit directly between the side frames on the playhouse.
I stapled the fabric to the board, rolled it completely one time and stapled again.
With both boards ready I stretched it over the house fit them snugly into place and attached with screws.
Since being built the playhouse has been used as a stage, a home, a hideout, and even the location for Jake and I’s blue apron meal date night!
It has also survived its first storm in windy Waconia so things are looking bright!
Update: The play house is still up and holding strong after 2 summers and a full winter!