Playhouse Ideas / May 19, 2018 / Nicolette Sirois
Take height measurements of your children. According to the growth charts put out by the Center for Disease Control the average (50 percentile) height of both males and females for a 5 year old is about 43 inches 50 inches tall for an 8 year old and almost 60 inches for a 12 year old. Take into consideration whether you want the playhouse to be used only when your children are pre-Kindergarten or if the playhouse will be used beyond elementary school. Deciding this in advance will help you choose the size of the playhouse. One youve decided upon the size of the playhouse get some rope and stakes and begin to lay out where the playhouse will be.
Keep in mind that Im not looking to build one of those giant-sized playhouses - the ones that are so big you could rent them out as an apartment. Making a Playhouse Safe Lets talk safety first. Of course I dont want something that will fall over with the first gust of wind. Not that I let my kids play outside during a storm but whatever I build has to be pretty darn solid for me to feel comfortable letting them play there without me. From the plans Ive seen so far looks like the weight of the materials alone will be heavy enough to keep the playhouse standing upright without me having to mount it to anything.
Type Of Playhouse Basically you have a choice between wooden and plastic playhouses. Generally plastic ones are less expensive although you can also get wooden playhouses at about the same price range. But such wooden playhouses will require additional weather-proofing before assembly as well as periodic maintenance to ensure that it lasts. This means if you want to settle for a wooden playhouse there is more work involved compared to a plastic one. Of course a wooden playhouse may give you a more natural look and those in the higher end of the market can end up looking like a real home.