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How to Build an Outdoor Playhouse for Kids

Learn how to build an outdoor playhouse for kids in your backyard. Complete with sandbox, slide, climbing wall, and clubhouse with roof.

Welcome to our outdoor playhouse, aka: The Adventure Clubhouse!

We were able to turn a corner of our patio into the perfect wooden playhouse for our kids this summer. Even though we do not have a large yard, the outdoor playhouse is full of fun.

Learn how to build an outdoor playhouse for kids in your backyard. Complete with sandbox, slide, climbing wall, and clubhouse with roof.

The kids spend hours in the sandbox, host club meetings in the clubhouse, and climb all over the wooden playhouse. I can’t wait to share all the details of our playhouse build.

Even though we have a small yard, we were able o build an outdoor playhouse for the kids in our backyard. Get the tutorial at

It’s time for the last round of the Room by Room Summer series. I hope you have had as much fun visiting everyone’s homes as I have.

Even though I wasn’t able to share every room in our home, I did enjoy sharing our Summer Farmhouse Entryway Mudroom, Summer Kitchen & Dining Room, Bright Summery Living Room, and Decorating Ideas for a Summer Bedroom.

Now for the last week, everyone is sharing a bonus room. I figured it wouldn’t be a proper summer home tour without sharing our favorite new room: The DIY Wooden Playhouse!

Then outdoor playhouse for the kids is perfect for any backyard. See how to build your own at

If you have been following along, you may have seen some of the stages of our outdoor playhouse. We have been working on it over the summer.

I have wanted to build a playhouse for my kids for years now, but always figured our yard was too small for it. This year I decided I needed to stop making excuses!

So we built the perfect small backyard playhouse for the kids. Our outdoor wooden playhouse is only 5′ x 7′ but is perfect for our kids big imaginations!

Build the perfect adventure clubhouse for the kids this summer. The complete build plans including cost breakdown for this outdoor playhouse can be found at

As soon as the walls were up, my daughter started an “Adventure Club”. She gathers anyone she can and they talk about nature, create, and have all kinds of fun.

The outdoor playhouse is the perfect clubhouse. The covered loft makes it perfect for having meetings any time of the year.

Create an area for the kids creative play. This wooden outdoor playhouse is perfect for stretching the kids imagination and getting them off the screens all year long.

One of the requests my daughter had for their clubhouse was a chalkboard. It was very important to have a place to write on during meetings.

I found a magnetic steel chalkboard that can hold up to the elements outdoors. It was the perfect solution for the outdoor playhouse. And with a box of sidewalk chalk, the kids have used it for so many hours of fun.

A chalkboard is the perfect addition to this outdoor playhouse.

The clubhouse also needed some seating. I built 4 kids patio chairs earlier in the year, and 2 of them fit nicely in the kids wooden playhouse.

They love having a place to sit. And they have been enjoying eating their lunch in the playhouse all summer long. Which makes me happy because my floors have stayed much cleaner 😉

The bright colored kids patio chairs turn this outdoor playhouse into the perfect clubhouse. See the entire build at

The open framework was the perfect background for adding some shelves to the DIY playhouse. This idea was one of my daughter’s favorite from our inspiration playhouse, the Handmade Hideaway by The Handmade Home.

Because my daughter is a bit of a hoarder, shelves to store all her knick-knacks was a must.

Using the open framework, shelves were built into the walls to hold all the kids treasures. Learn how to build an outdoor playhouse for the backyard at

But don’t think I didn’t add a lot of fun things for our son to the playhouse too! He loves the climbing wall (and what boy wouldn’t).

It was also his request to add a rope ladder to the outdoor playhouse. Something about a rope ladder just spoke to him.

Since the yard is small, we are utilizing every inch of space by turning the wall of the outdoor playhouse into a climbing wall for more fun!

And let’s not forget to talk about the sandbox! I have a love/hate relationship with the sandbox.

I love that my kids play in it all the time… for hours. They love to dig and the new sandbox keeps them from digging where they are not suppose to.

However, their clothing is always covered in sand! They leave sandy footprints everywhere they go. And I have to sweep right inside the door to the backyard constantly.

But it’s a small price to pay for imaginative & active kids.

Building the outdoor playhouse over a sandbox was the perfect solution for our small yard. Lots of fun for the kids, without loosing too much yard space.

However, the absolute best part of our new backyard playhouse is that we built it for less than the cost of buying a boring swing set!

Now I do love a swing set. And my daughter is sad her playhouse did not come with swings. But they have a much larger footprint. We would have to loose most of our grass area to a swing set.

Instead we created the perfect playhouse, clubhouse, activity area and sandbox, complete with a slide, for under $775. And there is still plenty of room for the kids to run around in our tiny backyard!

Learn how to create the perfect outdoor playhouse for the kids with the tutorial from

So if I have convinced you that you also need a outdoor playhouse for the kids in your backyard, I have all the details on how to build one yourself.

The posts all include detailed tutorials, build plans, supplies lists, and cost breakdown. And everything was done with basic tools. Time to get building!

Printable PDF Plans

Get all 5 posts in one easy to follow PDF! Includes complete supplies and tools for entire playhouse build.

Button to purchase printable PDF plans for the DIY playhouse.

How to build a kids wooden playhouse:

Turn your tiny backyard into an adventure with this DIY wooden outdoor playhouse! The entire build process is shared on

And for more summer rooms, check out the rest of the bonus rooms being shared in the final installment of the Room by Room Summer Series.An InLinkz Link-up

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Get the kids outside by building them a playhouse! This small scale playhouse only has a footprint of 5'x7' (not including the slide) so you can fit it into any backyard.

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Justin T

Saturday 5th of December 2020

Just finished building the playhouse. Your directions were perfect for a first time builder like myself. I modified the front railing to add a ladder which worked out great so now we can get up there with no problem. Working on your Adirondack chairs now!!

Britny Dittmar

Sunday 6th of September 2020

Any suggestions for adding a swing portion to this? Or do you have a plan that includes swings?

Henrik Johnson

Tuesday 4th of August 2020

I just completed my own slightly tweaked build of this and both me, my wife and most importantly my daughter love it. Thank you for the inspiration and plans I bought.

The changes I made was that I dug a 1ft deep whole to place it in to keep the help down and thus hopefully not annoy neighbors. I also changed the roof to be slanted forwards. Together this allowed the back of the playhouse to not go above an 8ft high fence at the back of our property. The whole thing is mirrored because that fits better with our layout. Finally I added a climbing rope attached above the window.

Here are some pictures of the finished build

Only thing left now is decorating the interior although my daughter has already started bringing her toys over.


Thursday 13th of August 2020

Wow! It turned out amazing. Great job on making it work for your space. And I love the climbing rope you added. Such a fun idea.

Divya Sunkam

Wednesday 15th of July 2020

Hello, I live in Houston, Texas. The climate is hot and humid for almost 8 months.Which wood do you recommend to build the playhouse?


Tuesday 28th of July 2020

I would choose a wood that is made for severe weather. It is more expensive, but will last longer. We have been using it for outdoor projects in our new Texas home and it has been worth the money.

Pete Seatavakin

Thursday 9th of July 2020

We just finished our build of a modified version of this! We had a new retaining wall put in and I thought a playhouse would go great on top of that! So we modified it to have a larger deck on top of the retaining wall (16 ft) and put the house in the middle. We made a ladder on one side and a climbing wall on the other with a fence around it to keep the kiddos safe.


Tuesday 28th of July 2020

What a wonderful playhouse you made for your kids! Love the way you made it work in your own yard. I am sure they will get lots of use out of it!

Pete Seatavakin

Thursday 9th of July 2020

Here is a picture if you would like to see the finished product!

Thank you for the plans!

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