Build the Simple Playhouse - Front Wall with Door

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 05/20/2019 - 08:45
Difficulty
Intermediate
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The goal: Make building a playhouse easy! We simplify the process by in this easy to build playhouse plans.  You'll love the step by step diagrams and shopping list.  This playhouse has been built thousands of times and is beloved by families all over the world!

 

front wall of playhouse easy to build plans
Dimensions
Playhouse finished dimensions are 4' x 8' - deck is 8'x8'
Playhouse finished dimensions are 4' x 8' - deck is 8'x8' - Dimensions for front wall shown in diagram above

Preparation

Shopping List

Shopping List for Front Wall Only

  • 1 – Sheet of 1/4″ Exterior Plywood
  • 6 – 2×2 Furring Strips, 8′ Long
  • 3 – 1×2 Furring Strips, 8′ Long
  • 3 – 1×3 Furring Strips, 8′ Long
  • Hinges for the Doors
Common Materials
2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Cut List

CUT LIST FOR THE WALL FRAMING

  • 1 – 2×2 @ 90″ (Top Plate)
  • 6 – 2×2 @ 45″ (Studs)
  • 2 – 2×2 @ 29″ (Window Top and Bottom)
  • 1 – 2×2 @ 57 1/4″ (Bottom Plate)
  • 1 – 2×2 @ 14 3/4″ (Bottom Plate)
  • 1 – 2×2 @ 18″ (Door Header)
  • 1 – 2×2 @ 7 1/2″ (Window Header Stud)
  • 90″ x 48″ 1/4″ Plywood with Windows and Doors cut out to fit the stud wall.

 

CUT LIST FOR THE TRIM

  • 1 – 1×3 @ 90″ (Top Trim)
  • 1 – 1×3 @ 14 3/4″ (Bottom Trim)
  • 1- 1×3 @ 57 1/4″ (Bottom Trim)
  • 2 – 1×2 @ 43″ (Side Trim)
  • 2 – 1×2 @ 36 1/2″ (Door Trim)
  • 1 – 1×2 @ 21″ (Top of Door Trim)
  • 2 – 1×2 @ 16 1/2″ (Window Side Trim)
  • 2 – 1×2 @ 32″ (Window Top and Bottom Trim)

 

CUT LIST FOR DOOR

  • Scrap Door Piece of plywood
  • 2 – 1×3 @ 33″ (Door Sides)
  • 1 – 1×3 @ 13″ (Middle Trim)
  • 1 – 1×3 @ 18″ (Door Bottom)
  • 1 – 1×4 @ 18″ (If you don’t have a 1×4 scrap, you can use a 1×3 but the length of the door sides will need to be increased to 34″)
Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Hammer
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander

Instructions

Step 1

STUD FRAMING
Frame your wall as shown above using 2″ screws and glue. Check for square. Trace out your windows and doors onto the plywood and cut out the openings. If you are careful about cutting out your door, you can use the door scrap to build your door with. Attach the plywood to the stud wall using 1 1/4″ nails and glue.

Step 2

TRIM
It is always a good idea to measure and cut your trim as you go to get the best fit. Use 1 1/4″ nails and glue to attach the trim to the face of the wall, keeping outside edges flush.

Step 3

Cut your top door header piece in an arch as shown above. Then use a Kreg Jig™ to join the door pieces to create a door frame.

I used 1x2s and a 1×3 header because that is what I had for scraps. You can see the pocket holes in the above photo of the door. Then use 1″ nails and glue to attach the back plywood to the door frame. If your nailer doesn’t shoot 1″ nails, you can by brad nails and use a hammer to add the nails. Do not forget the glue.

Step 4

Here is the door completed, but not yet on it’s hinges.

Comments

yecats71

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 18:42

How do you attach the house onto the deck? I am looking at making the platform slightly larger and the playhouse a little taller with a potential loft. I wasn't sure if the 4x4 posts went taller if I could build the walls with plywood inside or outside of the posts?
Do I need any additional bracing for the bottom if the platform size is the same height, but the house is about 7 feet tall by 9 feet wide and 8 1/2 feet deep?

I love your plans.

Tony K

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 11:07

Hi Ana,

Thanks for this plan, and I really can't wait to get started on making one.

Should the wood be treated or is in treated ok?

Thanks!

Mrotter

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 17:37

We live in MN I am sure would footings would be needed to hold the house on the deck?

acsimpson

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 11:33

Hi Ana,

Thanks very much for these plans.

I'm not sure if you are replying to comments on this but if someone else who knows sees this could you please tell me what sort of hinges you would recommend using?

dianacvpope

Sun, 10/11/2020 - 06:16

Hi! We are just about finished with all the walls and have the same question as above. I don’t see specifics on how to assemble the walls and attach to the deck.

Love the plans and the creativity of all those who have shared their projects! This is my first build and so far so good 😊

Thanks!