Build a Simple Playhouse - Back Wall

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 05/23/2019 - 21:23
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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.

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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!!!

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