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.
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.
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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!
If you have been following along, you may have seen some of the stages of our kids 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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Prefer to print the instructions?
Get the complete build plans (from all 5 posts) in one easy to follow PDF for only $18.99. The plans include:
- List of required tools
- Detailed supply list
- Easy to read cut list
- Step-by-step instructions
- Easy to follow 3D drawings of each step
Material and cut lists include the totals for the entire build, as well as a break down for each step. Makes it easy to buy all at once or purchase as you go.
Click the link below for everything you need to build your own playhouse and so you can get the kids outside playing for hours on end!
How to build a kids wooden playhouse:
- Build the deck out of pressure treated lumber (deck plans here).
- Complete the 3 walls, including painting, then attach to deck (wall plans here).
- Build a railing on the open wall (railing plans here).
- Attach the slide and climbing wall for extra fun (slide & climbing wall plans here).
- Build roof rafters and attach roofing materials (roof plans here).
- Enjoy active kids all year long!
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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How to Build a Wood Playhouse
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.
Our DIY Playhouse: The Deck
It all starts with a sturdy playform. The deck is built to hold the playhouse and includes a sandbox underneath.
Our DIY Playhouse: The Walls
Next you install the walls! These walls are easy to assemble from 2x4s and are sheethed in a couple sheets of outdoor siding.
Our DIY Playhouse: The Railing
Add a railing to the front of the playhouse to keep it open, but also keep the kids safe. The beautiful X railing looks harder to build than it actually is.
Our DIY Playhouse: The Slide & Climbing Wall
Turn the unused walls into more fun for the kids by adding a climbing wall. The lower deck and upper wall make a the perfect place for you little monkey.
Our DIY Playhouse: The Roof
Protect your playhouse (and the kids) from the weather with a beautiful roof. The transparent material is perfect for letting in light, but keeping out harsh UV rays.
Tuesday 29th of March 2022
Do you know the stain color of the deck?
Thursday 24th of March 2022
Hi! I love your playhouse and have been trying to build the courage to start on one of our own for my three kids. Curious if you might have any estimates on what it cost you to build this vs what you may estimate it would cost today with the price of wood being so much higher? I'm a total novice to building anything I just want to be sure I can actually finish this!
Saturday 20th of November 2021
This looks like a fun project but I’m curious about how long it will take two people to build. Reading the comments it seems to take a month for most people but how many hours would it take. Basically can it be done within two or three days?
Wednesday 1st of June 2022
@Ryan Stutchman, I am pretty experienced and had my husband to help and probably took about 4 full days. Overall took one week. Although I am waiting till fall to stain the deck.
Monday 29th of November 2021
I do not believe you could do it all in 2-3 days. My husband and I worked on it every weekend for a month to get it done. And I painted it during the week. If you had one week, you could probably do it.
Friday 23rd of April 2021
Thank you for taking the time to put together such detail plans in the PDF. Makes putting this together soo much easier!
Friday 23rd of April 2021
Glad you are enjoying it, I hope your family enjoys the finished product as much as we did.
Wednesday 3rd of March 2021
What age are your kids? My son is almost 5 and wanting to build this in our backyard but wondering with the size how long kids might play in it. Trying to decide if worth it :)
Wednesday 17th of March 2021
My daughter was 5 and my son was 8 when I built it. My son only used it for another year, but my daughter used the playhouse a lot up until we sold our house when she was 8.