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How to make a Playhouse
a plywood playhouse
woodworking projects from the do-it-yourself carpentery workshop




How to make a Plywood Playhouse See the video
arrow Page 1: Introduction - Materials List
bullet Page 2: The Plans - Cutting Detail 1
bullet Page 3: The Plans - Cutting Detail 2
bullet Page 4: Cutting Ideas from Full Sheets
bullet Page 5: Making the Floor
bullet Page 6: Making the Walls and Roof
bullet Page 7: Standing and Fixing the Walls
bullet Page 8: Attaching the Roof
bullet Page 9: Making the Door and Windows
bullet Page 10: Dismantling and Adding the Panes
bullet Page 11: Re-assembling the Playhouse
bullet User Comments/Photos


Introduction, about the measurements and the material requirements

Allison Kenny looking out the window of the playhouse This plywood playhouse can be dismantled and reassembled.

I made this playhouse for my granddaughters sixth birthday.

A little bit of thought had to go into the design, as it was to go into a backyard with access through a narrow gate and along an equally narrow garden path.
There was really no way of getting a playhouse of any size into the backyard in one piece, short of building it on site. This was not a preferred option as I did not want the playhouse to be a permanent structure locked inside the backyard. After all, you never know when a move is on the cards.

So...
I had to design a playhouse that could be easily dismantled and then just as easily reassembled. This would allow me to make the playhouse in my workshop.
I could then dismantle it, move it in segments to my granddaughter's backyard via the narrow gate, and then reassemble it in place.

A lesson learnt. I had built a playhouse in the past (see it here) for another granddaughter, that was pretty much a permanent fixture (the playhouse, not the granddaughter). A couple of years later the house was sold and the playhouse had to be left behind - much to the pleasure of the new owners and the anguish of my granddaughter.

About the measurements
The measurements throughout this project are given in both standard (inches) and metric (mm).
The standard measurements are given first, followed by the metric measurements in parentheses ( ).
The standard measurements are best suited to North America and the metric measurements are best suited to Australasia and other countries.
The inch sizes given in this project do not convert exactly to their corresponding metric (mm) equivalents. So use one or the other.

For this project you will need...
Note: Use wood that is suitable for outside.

Plywood - 9 of 4ft x 8ft (1200mm x 2400mm) sheets 3/4" (18mm) thick.

4"x4" (100mm x 100mm) wood - 2 pieces at 86" (2150mm) long.

1 1/2" x 3 1/2" (90mm x 45mm) wood - 57 ft (17 meters)

1 1/2" x 1 1/2" (45mm x 45mm) wood - 90ft (27m)

3/4" x 1 1/2" (45mm x 18mm) wood - 20ft (6m)

Acrylic sheet (plastic glass) 4mm (3/16") thick - 3 pieces @ 19 1/2" x 19 1/2" (490mm x 490mm), 2 pieces @ 9 3/4" x 19 1/2" (245mm x 490mm).

Carriage bolts 3/8" (10mm) diameter with nuts and washers - 12 @ 5 1/2" (135mm)long, 46 @ 3" (75mm) long, 4 @ 4" (100mm) long.

Other bits and pieces you will need...
An 8ft (2400mm) length of 2" x 2" (50mm x 50mm) galvanized angle for the roof ridge,
12 screw tie angle brackets about 1" x 2" (25mm x 50mm) by 1" (25mm) wide, but any similar size will do,
12 galvanized metal strap ties about 6" (150mm) long,
some adhesive clear sealant for the windows,
some wood glue,
6 hinges for the windows and door,
a latch for the door,
a handful or two of 4" (100mm) galvanized nails for the floor frame,
a handful or two of 3" (75mm) galvanized nails for the floor,
a variety of screws,
a few 1/4" (6mm) bolts 1" (25mm) long,
and some paint of your choice.

The plans and instructions with pictures included, are on successive pages.
Use the menu at the top to jump back and forth as need be.

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