Build a Simple Playhouse - Gable End Walls

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 05/12/2010 - 23:46
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You can build your own playhouse and we are here to help! Just build the four walls in panels.  The Gable End Walls feature a window and full trim work. 

DIY playhouse easy to build





This playhouse plan is part of a series of plans:

In this plan, we show you how we built the gable end walls for the playhouse.

dimensions for playhouse end walls
Overall Dimensions are shown above. Composition is sheathing of your choice for the outside, 2x2s for studs on the insides.


Shopping List

Shopping List for TWO End Gable Panels

  • 2 – Sheets of Plywood Sheathing (I’m using 1/4″ Lauan because it’s water resistant and finished on two sides
  • 1 1/2″ nails or Screws (for fastening the sheathing to the studs)
  • 2 1/2″ Self Tapping Exterior Screws (for fastening the studs together)
  • Wood Glue
  • 8 – 2×2 Boards, 8′ Length
  • 2 – 1×3 Boards, 8′ Length


Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

Cut List for TWO Gable End Walls

  • 8 – 2×2 @ 45″ (Wall Studs)
  • 4 – 2×2 @ 14″ (Window Framing)
  • 4 – 2×2 @ 48″ (Top and Bottom Plate, cut (1) 48″ and (1) 45″ board from an 8′ 2×2)
  • 4 – 2×2 @ 34″ (Both ends mitered down 45 degrees, ends will run perpendicular to each other)
  • 2 – Sheets of Sheathing Overall 48″ wide x 72″ tall, top angled down to match rafters
  • 4 – 1×3 @ 19″ (Window Trim)
  • 4 – 1×3 @ 18″ (Window Trim)
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

Window Framing
So this is not how you would frame a window in a real house, but because our walls are only 4′ tall and we’re just building a little playhouse, this will be plenty strong. And despite the way the frame looks, the load bearing walls are actually the side walls. Use the 2 1/2″ screws and glue to fasten the studs to the window frame.

Step 2

Wall Framing
Now add the top and bottom plates to the window studs, and also screw the end studs to the top and bottom plates. Use 2 1/2″ screws and glue.

Step 3

Cut your rafters by mitering the ends at 45 degrees. Then use 2 1/2″ glue and nails to fasten the rafters together and to the wall as shown above.

Step 4

Cut out the sheathing as shown above. Refer to the dimensional diagram for window cutout dimensions. Fasten the sheathing to the studs using 1 1/2″ fasteners and glue.

Step 5

Step 6

I ended up using 1x2s for the window trim because I felt like when the window itself is put in, the frame will be quite thick. Use the measurements above to guild you when trimming out the gable ends for the playhouse.

4 – 1×2 @ 17″
4 – 1×2@ 18″
4 – 1×3 @ 48″
4 – 1×3 @ 43″
4 – 1×3 @ 34″ (Both ends mitered down 45 degrees)

You will need to in addition to the above cut list purchase (to trim out 2 gable end walls)
2 – 1x2s
6 – 1x3s

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill holes with exterior approved paintable silicone. Sand and paint or finish as desired.
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Vanilla Comfort (not verified)

Sun, 05/16/2010 - 08:38

I want to build this so bad! But I'm not sure my two year old is ready for the raised playhouse yet. So I might just build the sand box part this summer and the pannels throughout the year (I have a long list of projects and am a full time nursing student). Plus my major concern is: once I build this, I will have the ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD of children in my backyard constantly. I already do and all we have is a plastic 4-wall play structure, the baby kind! I'm not kidding, these poor kids have NOTHING in their own backyards. I wish I could build something for all of them, but NOT in my own yard. I don't want to be responsible when they get hurt and you know they will. I get so nervous when they are out back

Anyways, I'm confused! How old is Grace? Isn't she only 3? So if the deck has been there 7 years, is that her in that first picture? And your hubs is so cute! You have an awesome family.

Ana White (not verified)

Sun, 05/16/2010 - 19:07

Thank you! Grace is 3 1/2 but the deck that has been there for seven years is the cabin foundation. The small deck we built last summer for our stairs. Next time, we'll build the stairs before the cabin LOL!

Betsy ~ GAhandygirl (not verified)

Sat, 05/22/2010 - 14:30

I'm thinking about NOT raising the playhouse and putting the sandbox underneath. that way we could ADD a porch maybe? to make it not so rustic and more girly girl southern. Awesome job.

b. (not verified)

Mon, 07/26/2010 - 12:12

me and my boys (ages 5.5, 4, & 1.5) are so excited to get started on this awesome plan! the only trouble i'm having is with the windows. where do you find actual windows to fit the plans dimensions? wondering if i missed something :)


Wed, 06/20/2012 - 05:48

I've recently moved in a new house together with my family and we have a big garden in the backyard.My husband has recently seen your playhouse project and he started to build one for our children.They are so excited with the idea of having their own little playhouse.We still have to think how to build the Staircase in order to create stability.


Sat, 04/13/2013 - 17:08


I love this playhouse and I will be making for my little girls but for some reason I can't download the PDF version so I can print it out