Build a Simple Playhouse - Back Wall

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You can build your own playhouse! This simple back wall is designed to come from a single sheet of plywood. Easy to build and very sturdy, yet inexpensive and well planned to integrate with the side walls and roof.

This playhouse plan is part of a series of plans:


Last week, when I started building the playhouse, I was feeling quite discouraged.  With my husband out of town for the week, and a busy toddler to care for, on top of prioritizing creating a dozen new plans, it seemed each wall was taking forever to build. 

Yet I set a goal, one wall a night. 

And one wall a night, I somehow ended up with this at the end of the week.


Despite being a busy week, a week where I felt overwhelmed and unaccomplished, out in our backyard stands four walls and a pink door.  The trick was to just build one wall at a time, as time allows.  In this plan we will show you how to build the back wall.  It is the easiest wall - may I suggest starting with this one?

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Shopping List

Shopping List is for just the Back Wall

  • 1 – 1/4″ Sheet of Plywood
  • 6 – 2×2 Furring Strips 8 feet long
  • 2 – 1×3 Furring Strips 8 feet long
  • 1 – 1×2 Furring Strip 8 feet long
  • 2 1/2″ Self Tapping Screws
  • 1 1/4″ Nails Glue
Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

Cut List is just for the Back Wall

  • 2 – 2×2 @ 90″ (Top and Bottom Plates for Walls)
  • 7 – 2×2 @ 45″ (Wall Studs)
  • 1 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 48″ x 90″ (Back Panel)
  • 2 – 1×3 @ 90″ (Top and Bottom Trim)
  • 2 – 1×2 @ 43″ (Side Trim)
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Read all plans for the playhouse before buying any boards or beginning any building. Have a clear understanding of how the playhouse will be put together. Work on a clean level surface and predrill all your screws. Check for square and use glue on all joints. Be safe.


Step 1

Well, I guess it did come in handy that I helped frame a few houses. Begin by marking on both the top and bottom plates where the joist will got (click diagram for a larger view). Then predrill all the holes in the top and bottom plates. Then begin fastening the studs to the top and bottom plates. Check for square when all boards have been fastened.

Step 2

I was thinking about you (and me) when I designed this plan. Simply take a full sheet of plywood and trim 6″ off the end to get a piece 90″x48″. The reason you have to trim the 6″ off is because the overall dimensions need to be less than 96″ to fit on a standard 8′ 2×6 deck (again, to save you money and unnecessary cuts). Glue and fasten on with 1 1/4″ nails.

Step 3

Cut your longer trim first and glue and nail down with 1 1/4″ nails. Then add the 1×2 trim to the ends, keeping outside edges flush.

Step 4

When you go to assemble the playhouse, the wall will sit inside the gable end wall as shown above. You will need to screw with 3″ screws from this inside of the back wall into the gable end wall (the screw will need to be fastened at a slight angle).

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill nail holes with wood filler and let dry. Sand smooth. Apply a primer. First paint your trim (you can be a little messy when painting your trim). Then cut your base color in, being careful not to paint on the trim boards. Use an exterior house paint. I used three coats of trim paint, and two coats of base paint.


TheBlackForrist (not verified)

Mon, 05/24/2010 - 01:33

Oh this is excellent, now when do we get the plans for play furniture... an oven/stove... eh? Your plans are phenomenal, thank you!

pk @ Room Remix (not verified)

Mon, 05/24/2010 - 01:47

SO cute!

Heather (not verified)

Mon, 05/24/2010 - 02:10

that rocks Ana! love it!
@TheBlackForrist...she already has the play furniture plans on her site for indoor use, we could certainly use those for the playhouse, right? :)

Diane (not verified)

Mon, 05/24/2010 - 03:49

This whole project is just brimming with cuteness. Thanks for finding the great paint site as well. It worked out great!

Jenni (not verified)

Mon, 05/24/2010 - 05:18

I am longing to make this playhouse for my kiddos! I have been soooo excited each time I see a photo of it pop up on my reader! Thanks for all your hardwork....and I'll be sure to post pics as soon as I can get mine made {still waiting for this darn rain to stop here in Idaho!!!}

Liana Brooks (not verified)

Mon, 05/24/2010 - 06:26

You feel bad? Ana, how? You're amazing! You're making a wall a day and watching the kids! That's impressive, don't knock it.

Live the Home Life (not verified)

Mon, 05/24/2010 - 07:15

Hi Ana,

This comment is way random but I need your help! I found (not bought) this bookshelf a while back and since posting it on my blog, people have been asking me where they can find one of their own:

Click here to see the bookshelf...

I've searched your site high and low to find a similar plan with the tall, narrow cubbies. Any thoughts?

Thanks, Ana!

-Cara @ Live the Home Life

Loni (not verified)

Mon, 05/24/2010 - 07:20

This house is freaking adorable! Your making me want to build my own house house! lol.

Shelly (not verified)

Mon, 05/24/2010 - 09:05

This is amazing! I have 6 girls and they will love this for sure, but I'm afraid I'll have to make more than one! I have a long list of things to build! Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with us!!!

Katie C (not verified)

Mon, 05/24/2010 - 12:17

Hi Ana- I've been following the plans for the playhouse. I have a question. We are really excited to start building and are grateful for the plans. My husband was worried that the thin plywood and 1x2, etc. won't be enough to hold this playhouse sturdy with the winter winds and snow for years to come. He wants to use 2x4s,etc. Any advice or reasoning as to why you are using what you are using (besides that it's mostly free! =) Thanks for your assistance.

Ana White (not verified)

Mon, 05/24/2010 - 12:38

Katie, I wish you could come over and see this playhouse, it is strong. Think of it this way, a regular house with 8' walls and two stories can be framed with 2x3 studs. One of the things I try to do is avoid overbuilding because when you overbuild, it costs extra money and time. And in this case, it also decreases the footprint of the playhouse. There is absolutely no reason why you couldn't build with 2x4 walls, but the walls are going to be quite heavy and take up much more space.

If you want to create a stronger playhouse, using 3/4" plywood would be the easiest way to add strength for the outside walls. But there is no reason why you can't also frame your walls with 2x4s instead of 2x2s.

emily (not verified)

Tue, 05/25/2010 - 02:52

We are planning to build the play house this weekend (we have 5 VERY excited kiddos) but we have a question. Will the paint alone be enough to keep it water-proof? We live in Houston where it will get wet often from the rain. Should we put siding on to protect it?

Thank you for your site. I have a very long wish list.


Katie C (not verified)

Tue, 05/25/2010 - 04:09

Ana- Thanks for answering my strength questions! I'm definitely a's just a matter of getting my husband on board. He is definitely a "over-builder". Thanks so much for the advice. Can't wait to add it to the bragging pool...someday soon.

Ana White (not verified)

Tue, 05/25/2010 - 07:38

So we put some rafters up yesterday and it's looking great! I will have the entire collection of plans up this week to build the walls and roof. My husband made the comment that the playhouse was "overbuilt" as it is with the 2x2 walls. But of course, you should build according to what you regions specifications are.

As far as just putting plywood on the sides, think of this. Houses have OSB siding and wood siding, entire houses are sided with plywood panels. Entire houses are made out of logs. Of course, you would need to paint or finish the plywood, but since it is upright, and the roof will shed water, you should not have an issue. If you are still not convinced, there is absolutely no reasons why you could not add siding (and it would look super cute). Those dog eared cedar fence pickets would be darling.

Hope this helps!

Holly D. Gomez (not verified)

Tue, 05/25/2010 - 08:04

I am so glad that you are providing easy to follow plans that anyone could build. The process of designing and building a playhouse can be as much fun as the enjoying the final product!

angi (not verified)

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 11:45

hi. did you happen to put up directions on how to build a sticker free slide? I would like to do this and have it exit out one of the gable end walls instead of putting a window in. would this be ok? The opening would just be lower and with no cross support at the bottom (like the window has) except the actual frame part of that end wall. what do you think? thanks!!


Mon, 06/11/2012 - 05:10

Ana this is great! I am going to start building this project most likely this weekend. I am wondering if it would be possible to create attractive enclosed storage under neath the deck for things like lawnmowers and my DH's military equipment that is overflowing our home. Do you have any suggestions for a beginner to tackle such a task? Thanks so much :)

Lindsey Schuh (not verified)

Sat, 09/15/2012 - 14:53

I love this little house and the deck! I would love to build it for my son...only thing is I keep finding the info on building just the back wall. I can't find the full plans for all the walls, roof and deck. I'm really hoping you can help me because I need to start this soon in order to be done by Christmas (it'll take me a while haha). Please help me find on your site the Shopping List & Tutorial for the whole house and deck-thank you! I LOVE your site!!!


Thu, 11/13/2014 - 07:57

This plan is the best!  I'll be using it build a playhouse for the kiddos, but I'm also going to use the overall design simplicity to build a hen house for my small flock since their current home is falling apart!  Thanks!