Childrens Playhouses

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Rachel's Gingerbread Max
Zoe's Lollipop Junior Tower
Claire's Bunny Max Tower
Josie's Lollipop Junior Tower
Rebecca's Lollipop Junior

Are Playhouses Safe?

Each children's wooden playhouse is built to EN71 European Safety  Standards. A BillyOh wooden playhouse is built for domestic use with toddlers safety in mind. As such our kid's playhouses feature:

  • Safety gaps around doors to prevent trapped fingers.
  • Safety rails on all raised verandas.
  • SAN-glazed shatterproof plastic windows.
  • Anti-slip ladders on tower playhouses.
  • Be confident in building a shed without plans that's going to stand properly and protect your contents.

A wooden play house is intended for use by toddlers and so our playhouses are not suitable for children aged under 36 months or exceeding a max user weight of 50kg. You can be sure that a BillyOh wooden playhouse UK has been built using high-quality timber crafted by experts.

How to Build a Playhouse?

Start by marking out the proposed site of your children's wooden playhouse. Invite your children to use the space to see if you need a larger or smaller size playhouse (you want to give them enough room whilst creating an intimate space).

Your BillyOh playhouse will arrive in panels of pre-cut tongue and groove timber measured by our expert craftsmen. Simply follow the assembly instructions provided with your order to have your playhouse up in a matter of hours. As for a base, choose a level site and raise your playhouse away from ground moisture with a timber sub-floor, concrete or paving slab, or the easy-fill Ecobase option we offer upon purchase.

How Can a Playhouse Help?

A BillyOh playhouse can ensure that your children have somewhere safe to play in the comfort of your own garden. You'll also have purchased a building with our BillyOh 10-year guarantee against rot, decay, and insect infestation.

But by dedicating a space to play, you can also help your children's development. As well as getting kids outdoors, playhouses and imaginative play have been shown to be instrumental to children's social and mental development. Creative thinking and problem-solving are just some of the soft skills that a playhouse can help cultivate in kids. Plus, having a garden building dedicated to play gives children a sense of autonomy and their own space, whilst allowing you to customise your wooden play and create lifelong memories.

What to Put In a Playhouse?

A kid's playhouse can become whatever you and your children want it to be. Even a cheap wooden playhouse offers lots of opportunity for customisation. Shelving can easily be added to store toys and you can paint and repaint wood for different themes as your children grow.

For example, a log cabin playhouse with an internal bunk opens up loads of opportunities to build a place to naptime, 'sleepovers', or even a reading snug. Whereas, in a tower playhouse, you might kit it out with swashbuckling gear and a captains wheel for the veranda. You could paint the inside of a wooden Wendy house with EN71 or water-based pink paint. That's why we offer a range of trim and wall paint colours upon purchase.

Our BillyOh playhouses are easy to assemble. Simply follow the instructions in your order and, with two people, you can have your playhouse built in a matter of hours. Our playhouses utilise a modular design, interlocking tongue and groove panels, and comprehensive instructions for ease of assembly.

You’ll require some basic tools like a hammer, drill and drill bits, screwdriver, tape measure and stepladder.

This will depend on your available space, the size of your children, and how long you want your playhouse to last. You want to ensure you purchase a playhouse that is big enough for children to grow into without losing intimacy of scale. 

As such a playhouse for small children might have a height under 5ft, whereas a 2 story wendy house may exceed 6ft in height. A good way to decide on what size playhouse to buy is to mark out a space in the garden and allow your children to play within it. Adjust it if it’s too big or small whilst they play. For that, and more tips, check out our guide to choosing a playhouse.

This is completely up to the imagination of you and your children. The versatility offered by wooden playhouses means that the sky's the limit when it comes to decorating your playhouse - both inside and out.

Some popular examples of things to put inside a playhouse include:

  • Shelves and storage
  • Furniture
  • Cushions and blankets
  • Fairy lights and bunting
  • Games and puzzles

Then, think about decorating the outside to create a theme - kids playhouse with slide makes for a perfect pirate or spaceship!

There are two answers to this. First, if you’ve bought a tower playhouse with a slide, you could use the underneath space as storage or even a garage for kids cars. On the other hand you might think about installing a foundation or base under your playhouse. We’d advise against building your playhouse directly on to grass as it can lead to undue pressure on the structure as well as water ingress, damp, and rot. 

If you wish to fit a base under your playhouse, then a timber sub-floor, existing patio, paving slabs, concrete slab, or gravel and plastic foundation all work. For more, read this post on preparing your garden for an outdoor building.

If you do decide to build your playhouse straight onto grass, make sure to treat the bottom panels with sufficient wood treatment. This will provide some protection against rising damp and ultimately, rot. However, to extend the life of your outdoor playhouse, we suggest building onto a suitable base.

One of the biggest selling points of our BillyOh playhouses is that they’re sturdy. This, of course, comes hand-in-hand with the fact that they’re also heavy. We suggest carefully planning out your proposed playhouse site, taking into consideration:

  • That it’s visible from the house
  • That it’s not built on damp ground or at the bottom of a slope
  • That it gets sufficient sunlight
  • That it’s not built near hazards (such as underneath overhanging branches)
  • That there’s easy access all the way around

If you are dead set on moving your playhouse to a different part of your garden, then you could either enlist some friends or lift it using a jack, then place poles/pipes underneath as a means of rolling it to your preferred destination. For more on this, check out this post on moving a shed.

The BillyOh playhouses that we offer:

  • Aren’t for domestic use
  • Don’t exceed a height of 3m high (with a roof more than 4m high) - including an outdoor 2 story playhouse 
  • Shouldn’t take up more than 50% of your garden

There should be no need to get planning permission as they will fall under ‘permitted development’. If you’re still worried however, you can always check with your local council for up-to-date information.

Here at Garden Buildings Direct, we sell a range of our BillyOh playhouses, all of which are built with quality and safety in mind. For a childrens wendy house wooden models are our personal preference. Take a look below at our top 4 playhouses to get a sense of the variety on offer:

1. BillyOh Lollipop Max Tower Playhouse

Available in a generous 6x7 size, the Lollipop Max Tower is a large playhouse that offers an abundance of space to play in and enjoy. The option of a slide provides both an additional feature for your children to enjoy, as well as a more enjoyable way to exit their playhouse.

2. BillyOh Gingerbread Junior Playhouse
Let your children's imagination run wild in the Gingerbread Junior Playhouse, with stable doors, traditional fixed windows and optional picket fencing they can play all day long. Complete with floor, roof and felt as standard.

3. BillyOh Peardrop Junior Playhouse

This two storey cottage playhouse will be sure to let your kids imagination run wild. With it's strong tongue and groove construction and the additional bunk, platform, and picket fence options you can personalise the building to your liking.

4. BillyOh Bunny Max Tower Playhouse

The Bunny Max Tower is a small playhouse with slide that offers plenty of internal space for play, while boasting tongue and groove cladding which helps to ensure your playhouse will last for years to come, thanks to the improved structural strength that T&G offers.