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The design includes a trap door entry, a climbing wall, a swing, and there is an allowance for a slide.

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Woodworking plans for a Kid’s raised Play Fort with climbing wall and trapdoor entry. A fort that will provide hours of fun for kids young and old!

There are 29 pages in the downloadable PDF file.
This detailed plan-set with step-by-step instructions is in both metric (mm) and imperial (inch) dimensions.
The design includes a trap door entry, a climbing wall, a swing, and there is an allowance for a slide.
The complete frame is fixed together with bolts, so as well as being very strong, the fort can also be dismantled.

The footprint (ground area) is Approx 1800mm x 1800mm (6′ x 6′), and the overall height is 3200mm (10′ 8″).
Floor area is 1500mm x 1600mm (5′ x 5′ 4″), and the floor height is 1300mm (4′ 4″).


  • Ground area: Approx 1800mm x 1800mm (6’x6′)
  • Floor area: 1500mm x 1600mm (5′ x 5′ 4″)
  • Overall height: 300mm (10ft)
  • Floor height: 1200mm (4ft)

In all, you will need the following amounts of wood:

  • 90mm x 90mm (3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″) surfaced/dressed stock, 5 @ 2400mm (96″)
  • 70mm x 45mm (1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) surfaced/dressed stock, 40 meters (132 ft)
  • 90mm x 45mm (1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″) surfaced/dressed stock, 1 @ 2000mm (80″)
  • 45mm x 45mm (1 1/2x 1 1/2) surfaced/dressed stock, 6 meters (20ft)
  • 150mm x 25mm (1″ x 6″) rough unsurfaced stock, 95 meters (310ft)
  • 1 only sheet 18mm x 2400mm x 1200mm ( 4ft x 8ft x 3/4″) exterior plywood

Hardware required

  • 10mm (3/8″) galvanized coach/carriage bolts with nuts and washers: 47 @ 150mm (6″); 6 @ 110mm (4 1/2″); 8 @ 75mm (3″)
  • 3kg (7lb) 70mm (3″) flat-head galvanized nails, 0.5kg (1.2lb) 100mm (4″) flat-head galvanized nails
  • 4 only 150mm (6″) Galvanized “T” hinges and screws
  • 1 only bolt catch or similar for door
  • 4 only 200mm (8″) long x 25mm (1″) metal galvanized strap
  • 20 only 50mm (2″) long screws to screw the plywood on
  • 30 only 18mm (3/4″) long screws for the hinges and pad bolt
  • Rope and car tire

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    Thanks for the awesome plans!
    Enjoy the video –
    Best, Omer

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  2. Paul


    Hello, I downloaded your plans a couple of months ago and finally finished the project after a few weekends of work.
    I used 2×4’s instead of 2×3’s (lumber yard didn’t have 2×3….maybe a US standard), added a lower floor, added supports for the cheap slide, used cedar for top floor and added some slope to the ladder to make it a little easier for my 4yr old.
    Your plans were great – very thorough and easy to follow. Thanks for putting the extra effort into adding the English units, adding detailed drawings and materials lists. My daughter already loves it.

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    Hello from Hungary (Budapest),
    Dear Buildeazy thank you so much for the plans.
    As you can see I made some slight modifications and it needs some painting, but the snow came early so I couldn’t finish the paint job.
    The kids love it.
    Warm regards, F.S.

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    Hello from Pennsylvania,

    I just completed the Kid’s Play Fort.
    The design was exactly what I wanted.
    The plans were simple and accurate.

    I’m the lady with the jigsaw and my friend has the drill.

    My grandson loves his new fort.
    If granny and her friend can build it, no one should have any problems.

    I did change the roof; used plywood and painted it blue with puffy clouds.
    Thank you.

    Carol Deaver Langhorne, PA

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    I purchased the kids fort design and built a slightly modified fort last summer. I thought you would be interested in seeing the finished project. I found the plans easy to follow and very helpful.
    Kindest Regards, Doug Hubble Ontario, Canada

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    I purchased the Play Fort plans last year and finally completed the Play Fort. My son, who is 9 years old, loves it. I wanted to include a picture of the finished product. Thank you so much for the plans!
    Jim Beers Hellertown, PA

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    I went about building the play fort a bit backwards, we were gifted a slide by a friend who was moving. The slide languished in the side yard for a few months when I finally decided to build something so that my kids could use it.
    I bought your plans a bit over a week ago and have spent the last week building the kid’s play fort. I’m a novice and found your plans to be perfectly suited for a beginner.
    I made a few alterations, I left out the climbing wall (my kids are 2 and 4, I didn’t thing they’d enjoy this yet), extended the shorter wall to make the fort a square (this required a re-do of the floor plan as well, for which I received some much needed advice from a friend in construction), went with some cheap plywood for the roof, and made stairs rather than the ladder (which makes it easier for my 2-year-old to get up). All-in-all I’d say it turned out pretty great and the kids love it.
    Mark Sheen (Phoenix, AZ)

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    Just completed “Playfort with climbing wall”
    Many thanks
    James (Christchurch, New Zealand)

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    Many thanks.
    Just wanted to let you know the fort has been built and played with for over a year now, with one or two amendments to the plans:
    • Slide and ladder at the front with a small climbing wall up to the trapdoor
    • Swing beam added on one side to allow a pulley connected to the front as well.
    • With the exception of the roof, 4×2 used in place of 3×2.
    But all concerns re structure and strength have been put to rest with four adults having picnics on the fort.
    Thanks again
    Steve Layzell

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