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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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


Mon, 06/03/2013 - 06:07

I have an 8x10 concrete pad and I would like to modify these plans to have a framed and enclosed storage shed underneath this playhouse. I'm wondering how high up I could build this. I was thinking about maybe 4.5 to 5 feet up would be okay. I would frame out and sheath my walls for the shed underneath and anchor them to the concrete pad. Then I could frame the floor but I would probably need a beam to support the load, right? I would run my floor joists across the 8' span then run my decking, (2x4's or 2x6's), perpendicular to the joists.

I guess my two main concerns are:

1. How high up can I have my platform for my playhouse?
2. Do I need a beam to support the joists?

I would really like to utilize my concrete pad for both a small storage space underneath and a playhouse on top.


Wed, 05/20/2015 - 10:08

I am building a Tree House platform. I'd like to use the plan you have for this playhouse but need to double the heights (for big people too). If I just double the height of the portion below the peak roof and the depth, will the rest of the plan work?