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Having children means that your garden will quickly become more of a playground than somewhere for you to relax. But it is entirely possible for you to have the best of both worlds. Putting up one of the best kid’s playhouses will give your child somewhere fun and safe to play, while you can put your feet up and relax on a beautifully decorated patio or deck; everyone is happy! Kids playhouses in the UK have become very popular over the years and at Garden and Patio we have plenty to choose from!
The Best Kids Playhouses
Modern kids playhouses come in many forms, whether you are looking for a small playhouse for a young child or something a little more adventurous, you won’t be stuck for choice.
Shire Command Post Playhouse

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Allow your child to feel like the king or queen of the castle with this raised playhouse. The playhouse comes with a ladder which can be placed in one of three positions opening up your possibilities of where the house can be placed.

What’s more, the Shire Command Post Kids Playhouse has been designed with safety in mind. It features perspex windows that won’t shatter as well as a piano high on the door so that little fingers don’t get caught.
This is a playhouse that your children can enjoy for years, and you have everything you need to protect it from the elements from the get go.
As well as being of the highest quality, the Shire Command Post playhouse comes with a wood treatment and a felt cover for the roof.
Features

Unique design
Raised platform
Sloped roof
Comes with wood treatment and roof felt
11mm OSB roof
High quality 12mm tongue and groove wall cladding and floor
Safety features
Ladder that can be placed in various positions. Compliant with European safety standards
Opening gun ports

Specs

35mm x 35mm framework

Shire Pixie Playhouse

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Coming in a beautiful miniature cottage design, the Pixie Kids Playhouse is one of the most popular choices and doesn’t look set to go out of style. With such a beautiful exterior, the house can be painted and decorated so that it fits in with the theme of your garden. Moreover, with a pretty roof canopy and ornate woodwork, this is akin to a piece of art!
The Shire Pixie playhouse is incredibly robust and features storm resistant windows as well as being constructed with European standard boards. You’ll also get roof felt for added protection and the wood is ready to be painted or stained with no pretreatment required.
Features

Beautiful appearance
Easy to customise
Tongue and groove panels
Storm resistant windows and door
All fixtures and felt included
Styrene windows
Safety hinges on the door
Option to purchase with assembly

Specs

6 x 6 feet
34mm framing

Big Game Hunters Evermeadow Tower Wooden Playhouse

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For kids who have a thirst for adventure, this hunters playhouse is a great place to let their imagination run wild. Suitable for young children aged 18 months and up, this extraordinary structure comes complete with a slide.
Safety is at the heart of design here and as such, the playhouse boasts safety windows and railing on the raised deck to prevent accidental falls. The door features a double sided handle so your child can open and close it from either side and there is plenty of space in the hideout for games, toys and creative play.
The wooden panels have been handcrafted and are of an excellent quality, ready to be painted should you wish. They can be easily slotted together for quick and efficient assembly.
Features

Ladder and slide
Raised deck
Handcrafted wooden panels
Easy to assemble – all fixtures included
Double sided door handles
Safety features
Ready to paint
Suitable for ages 18 months and up

Specs

Footprint 274cm x 159cm
56cm platform

BillyOh Annex Log Cabin Outdoor Wooden Garden Playhouse

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For families with several children, a large playhouse is a must to avoid arguments over whose turn it is to play inside. Your children will have all the room they could dream of in this super-sized log cabin style playhouse.
They will feel as though they have their very own home which features several rooms over two floors. There is a raised bunk which is ideal for cosying up, reading, and playing as well as five windows with shutters to keep out the light.
The BillyOh log cabin playhouse may be big but with tongue and groove wall and floor panels it is simple and quick to construct.
It also comes with roof felt which is fully waterproof and the wood is high-quality, durable and will stand the test of time.
Features

Extremely spacious
Solid, high quality construction
Multiple rooms including snug on first floor
Opening windows
Easy to assemble
Waterproof roof felt and fixtures included
Comes with shutters and window boxes
Safety standard compliant

Specs

3m x 2.5m
11mm tongue and groove floor and walls

Things To Consider When Choosing A Kid’s Playhouse
When you are choosing your child’s new playhouse, there are several things that you will need to keep in mind.
Size
One of the most important considerations is how large, or small, the playhouse needs to be and to determine this, you will need to factor in two things; the age of your child and the size of your garden.
Smaller children won’t need something quite as large but it also pays to think about how many children will be using the playhouse.
Moreover, you need to ensure that you have a viable corner of the garden to place the playhouse where it can always be monitored by an adult; even if you’re in the kitchen cooking dinner.
Materials
Plastic playhouses are everywhere and these are generally much smaller. They can be easily assembled in minutes and perfectly suit a younger child.
On the other hand, a large wooden structure may take a little more effort to erect but once up will remain for many years and make great play spaces for children through every stage of their development.
Safety Features
When choosing the right playhouse for your child, nothing is more important than their safety. The good news is that manufacturers are typically mindful of this and include a wealth of safety features.
You’ll want to be looking for things such as safety hinges on the doors, windows that are made from anything but glass and railing on raised areas.
Roof Type
It might not seem like an obvious consideration at first but the type of roof that your playhouse has will affect its use. For example, if you are planning to place the playhouse underneath a low hanging tree, a pointed apex roof will only get in the way.
But much more than this, you should consider how the shape of the roof affects the space inside the playhouse. Sloped roofs mean lower ceilings inside and limits on the amount of playable space, especially with older children who may be a little taller.
FAQs
What is the best age for a playhouse?
Children of all ages love to have their own space inside a playhouse but the materials you use and the type of playhouse will vary by age. For children up to the age of four, a small plastic playhouse will be suitable since they usually boast interactive features. As they get older, a wooden playhouse with a little more room works well.

Do wooden playhouses last?
A wooden playhouse will stand the test of time if it is well cared for. Like anything, good maintenance will be rewarded so things like treating the wood and giving it a coat of paint every couple of years will keep it looking fresh.

Do wooden playhouses need a base?
Regardless of the type of playhouse you are installing, a base is required. The base should be square, flat and incredibly stable. Using paving slabs is a great option as these are strong, reliable, and easy to keep level.
Conclusion
If your kids are crying out for somewhere to let their imaginations run wild in the garden then a playhouse is an excellent option.
These outdoor structures come in all shapes and sizes and will keep your little ones occupied for hours.
While there is a massive selection of wonderful playhouses, there are a few things to consider before making a purchase.
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