DIY This Old Garden Shed: How to Create a Dream Playhouse for Your Child

If you have a shed in your backyard full of clutter gathering dust and some kids who are desperate for a playhouse in the garden, you don’t have to break the bank to find a good solution.

The answer is to turn that unloved garden shed into the sort of playhouse that your children will spend hours enjoying.

Here is what you have to do to transform your shed into the sort of playhouse that your kids will be delighted with. There is a look at why DIY is better, plus tips on how to plan and start your project. Also some ideas on making your playhouse comfortable and suggestions for deciding on a theme and paint finish.

Money in the bank

The first thing to say is that this is a brilliant DIY project because you get to turn your shed into something far more attractive and most importantly, instead of spending thousands on a typical playhouse that you might still need to build yourself anyway, you will get something unique for a lot less money.

Getting started

You can always get plenty of ideas and inspiration for your playhouse by looking at sites like Pinterest to see what others and done and you might even get some tips on what works by looking at some playhouse designs offered by manufacturers.

You will have to consider the limitations of your existing structure but most typical sheds have enough scope and space to allow you to come up with some colorful and creative solutions.

Clear all the clutter from the shed and give the inside and out a deep clean so that you can see exactly what you have to work with and can make any repairs or alterations needed.

You might also need to get some tools for the job from a site like so that you have everything you require to complete the task once you get started.

Safe and warm

If you want your kids to spend hours enjoying their new playhouse you will need to make it a warm and safe environment with added options like power and lighting too.

Your old shed might benefit from having a new floor installed and you could install some panels on the wall to provide extra insulation. If you do plan to put some heat and power into the playhouse, think about getting an electrician to do this before you put the insulation panels up.

Decide what you want

If you have boys or girls to entertain with your playhouse, this might have an impact on your design options.

Girls often love the idea of a fantasy theme, so you could make your shed look more like a princesses castle or if is boys you are looking to entertain, a log cabin theme can go down well.

You might just decide to create something that appeals to both boys and girls, of course, it doesn’t matter what you decide to do, but it obviously makes a big difference to know what you want before you get the paintbrush in your hand.

Also, make sure you use a paint that is designed to cope with the elements and protect your wood at the same time.

If you decide to turn your shed into a playhouse it shouldn’t take more than a few weekends to get the job done, but the enjoyment will last a lot longer than that.

Callum Thorpe is always up to something! He is a builder by trade and loves starting (and finishing!!) new projects no matter how large or small for friends and family.

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