7 Considerations When Choosing a Kid’s Playhouse

Outdoor playhouses can help both parents and kids – kids with development, and parents with peace of mind, all in the comfort of their own gardens. That’s why choosing the perfect design to gift your child with is a crucial decision!

Our experts have recognised this need and devised a checklist to guide you in looking for the best model to invest in.

Available Space and Location

BillyOh Lollipop Junior Playhouse

Before trying to look for the playhouse model and design, consider how much space you have in your backyard.

Basically, you need to check the dimensions of the area you want the playhouse installed. For smaller yards, the Gingerbread Junior Tower Playhouse might fit better by utilising vertical space.

Also, you should always remember to assemble a playhouse on a flat, level surface to protect it from sinking or rotting in a damp area. Some of the best options would be to install a cement pad, decking, or gravel before setting one up in your backyard.

In terms of location, try to choose an area in your garden where the playhouse gets plenty of sunlight and fresh air. You can also place your set where you can easily keep an eye on your kids.

Make sure to keep the placement clear of sharp objects, insects, and hazardous areas. If you’re using sprinklers to hydrate your garden, direct them away from the playhouse to avoid wetting the exterior.


BillyOh Lollipop Max Playhouse

Aside from the available space, it is important also to assess your budget in getting an outdoor playhouse.

From the most affordable designs to the premium models, Garden Buildings Direct offers a range of playhouses at varying price points. However, a higher investment at the outset, for some more fun and even frivolous features for your kids will be practical in the long run!


BillyOh tongue and groove playhouse interior with toys

Everyone wants their children to develop socially and mentally and get some exercise with a new playhouse. However, their safety is also a significant aspect.

You have the chance to ensure both with a durable design that’s EN-71 approved for safety with a BillyOh playhouse. Consider the materials used when choosing which playhouse to buy.


BillyOh Annex Log cabin two-storey playhouse

Then, you’ll want a playhouse that will complement your garden design and landscape. Plan on getting a playhouse model that will suit your yard for years to come – whether that’s a traditional T&G apex or a log cabin playhouse.

Garden Buildings Direct playhouses come in various designs but are wooden so you can play with them in terms of style and colour scheme. If you want to go for a more natural style, you can even keep and maintain its wooden look with stains and treatments.


children running in a field with a playground behind them
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More and more playhouse designs and accessories are made to make kids’ experiences as fun as possible. You can choose which design your kids will love, will be safe in, and will benefit most from.

GBD has wooden, cabin, tower, and two-storey designs with loads of optional extras like slides and bunk bed designs to choose from. You can also personalise your playhouse by choosing picket fences, wall colours, saloon or stable doors, and loads more!

Room for Creativity

BillyOh shaded playhouse interior with toys

Apparently, a lot of parents think that providing their kids with bigger and more expensive playhouses is better. That’s not always the case. It is more important to assess how much fun and learning a child will get from a playhouse design.

For example, most kids can create something out of nothing, like coming up with great games despite being in a budget-friendly playhouse. This also gives parents the chance to spark kids’ creativity by decorating and customising an otherwise plain structure.

Or then, some kids also like more active play. For these kinds of little tykes, you might want to go for a tower design that comes with a slide and anti-slip safety ladder to maximise on children’s energy (and to try and wear them out!).

When it comes to decorating your playhouse, some creativity can go a long way!

Assembly Requirements

BillyOh playhouse with slide and safety information signs

Opt for the ones in the market that offer easy-to-follow and straightforward manuals like those from Garden Buildings Direct that come with comprehensive instructions and only require a few basic tools.

Play tents and plastic playhouses are two of the easiest to build, but they offer the least durability. Wooden playhouses, on the other hand, might need a bit of love and care over the years – or choose to get your playhouse pressure-treated.

If you’ve got any playhouse questions, or simply want to know more about them, visit our Playhouse FAQ Centre for all information you’ll ever need.

With Garden Buildings Direct, each playhouse can be easily assembled through our clear-cut and efficient set of instructions on the manual in just a matter of hours. So bear these things in mind before buying, then browse our selection of playhouses via the button below!

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