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Playhouse Plans – Step-By-Step Plans

Playhouse plans, plans include free PDF download, step-by-step illustrated instructions, material list with shopping list and cutting list.

Playhouse Plans – Overview

Playhouse Plans – Material List

Shopping List

Shopping List

(material for door and window not included)

Floor

9 – 2×4 pressure treated – 8′

2 – 4×4 – pressure treated – 8′

2 – 3/4″ tongue and groove plywood – 4’x8′ sheet

Wall Frame

11 – 2×4 – 8′

9 – 2×4 – 10′

2 – 4×4 – 10′

1 – 4×4 – 8′

Roof Truss

5 – 2×4 – 12

5 – 2×4 – 8′

Exterior Siding

8 – t1-11 exterior siding – 4’x8′ sheet

Roof Deck

3 – 1/2″ plywood – 4’x8′ sheet

Soffit

1 – 1/4″ plywood – 4’x8′ sheet

Trim

8 – 1×4 – 8′

2 – 1×6 – 10′

2 – 2×6 – 12′

Hardware

3 1/2″ nails

2″ nails

1 1/2″ finishing nails

2 1/2″ finishing nails

roof felt

drip edge

shingles

Cutting List

Cutting List

(material for door and window not included)

Floor

2 – 2×4 pressure treated – 8′

7 – 2×4 pressure treated – 7′ 9″

2 – 4×4 pressure treated – 8′

2 – 3/4″ tongue and groove plywood – 4’x8′ sheet

Wall Frame

4 – 2×4 – 8′

18 – 2×4 – 5′

4 – 2×4 – 5′ 5″

4 – 4×4 – 4′ 11 1/2″

1 – 4×4 – 8′

3 – 2×4 – (cut to size for porch rail)

Roof Truss

10 – 2×4 – 5′ 5 9/16″ (30-degree angle cuts on both ends in same direction)

5 – 2×4 – 8′ – (60-degree angle cuts on both ends in opposite direction)

Exterior Siding

8 – t1-11 exterior siding – 4’x8′ sheet (cut to size)

Roof Deck

3 – 1/2″ plywood – 4’x8′ sheet (cut to size)

Soffit

1 – 1/4″ plywood – 4’x8′ sheet (cut to size)

Trim

8 – 1×4 – 8′ (cut to size)

2 – 1×6 – 10′ (cut to size)

2 – 2×6 – 12′ (cut to size)

Floor

Playhouse plans - floor frame details.

The floor frame is built using 2×4 pressure treated lumber.

Cut two 2×4’s to 8′ long for the band. Cut seven 2×4’s to 7′ 9″ for the floor joist.

Assemble as shown on illustration above, nail 3 1/2″ nails through the band and into the floor joist.

 

Playhouse plans - 4x4 skids.

Cut two pressure treated 4×4’s to 8′ for the skid. Assemble as shown on illustration above, toenail 3 1/2 nails through the floor frame and into the 4×4 skid.

 

Playhouse plans - floor deck.

Attach the 3/4″ tongue and groove plywood floor deck, screw 2″ deck screws through floor deck and into the floor frame.

 

Wall Frame

Playhouse plans - front and back wall frame.

The wall frames are built using 2×4 lumber.

Front and Back Wall Frame:

For door and window details see:

Door Details

Window Details

Cut four 2×4’s to 8′ long for the plate, and ten 2×4’s to 5′ long for the wall studs.

Assemble as shown on illustration above, nail 3 1/2″ nails through the plate and into the wall stud.

 

Playhouse plans - right and left wall frame.

Right and Left Wall Frame:

For door and window details see:

Door Details

Window Details

Cut four 2×4’s to 5′ 5″ long for the plate and eight 2×4’s to 5′ for the wall studs.

Assemble as shown on illustration above, nail 3 1/2″ nails through the plate and into the wall stud.

 

Playhouse plans - raise wall frame.

Assemble the wall frames as shown on illustration above, nail 3 1/2″ nails through the wall frame and into the floor.

Do not nail the front bottom plate on door entrance, cut and remove.

 

Playhouse plans - porch frame.

Cut four 4×4’s to 4′ 11 1/2″ long and one 4×4 to 8′ long. Assemble as shown on illustration above using 3 1/2″ nails.

The porch rail is built using 2×4’s, measure, cut to size, and install as shown on illustration above.

 

Roof Truss

Playhouse plans - rafter details.

The roof truss is built using 2×4 lumber.

Cut ten 2×4’s to 5′ 5 9/16″ long with 30-degree angle cuts on both ends in same direction.  Cut five 2×4’s to 8′ long with 60-degree angle cuts on both ends in opposite direction.

 

Playhouse plans - truss, gussets.

Cut truss gussets from scrap plywood and assemble the roof truss as shown on illustration above using 2″ nails.

 

Playhouse plans - truss 24" O.C.

Install roof truss 24″ O.C.

Toenail 3 1/2″ nails through the roof truss and into the wall frame and porch frame.

 

Exterior Siding

Playhouse plans - t1-11 exterior siding.

Install windows, measure, cut, and install exterior siding.

 

Roof Deck

Playhouse plans - roof deck.

Measure, cut, and install the 1/2″ plywood for the roof deck. Nail 2″ nails through the roof deck and into the rafters.

 

Trim

Playhouse plans - trim.

Measure, cut, and install trim as shown on illustration above using 1 1/2″ finishing nails.

 

Soffit

Playhouse plans, soffit details.

Measure, cut, and install the 1/4″ plywood for the soffit as shown on illustration above using 1 1/2″ finishing nails.

Roof Shingles

Playhouse plans - roof shingles.

Install roofing felt, drip edge, and shingles.

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12 comments

  1. people can easily build this playhouse with above instructions

  2. I can’t thank you enough for all of your valuable time and knowledge! The fact that you have put all of this information online with free downloads is much appreciated. Now I am about to ask you a question that I feel pretty sheepish about. It belongs ùnder the heading: never satisfied. My county won’t let me build larger than 12′ x 12′ without a permit. I like your 10′ x 12′ shed, but not the gambrell roof. I would love this playhouse in an adult size. I would especially like to have a porch for the shed. Do you know of a way that I could -add a few feet to a shed ? Subtract a few feet? Or modify your designs to get the dimensions I need? Thanks !

  3. Summer is almost and would love to build this for our kids before school is out. About how much did all the supplies cost you?

    • Just did a quick run through at Menards online and it came up to around $850 without windows, doors, or fasteners.

  4. How much did this whole project cost?

    • Michael –
      I just built this, except we scaled up to a 7′ ceiling height. Total cost is right around $1,000-1,500, we built a climber and swing set at the same time so it’s hard to give you an exact amount. I used a local lumber yard for the bulk of the lumber and Menard’s for almost everything else.

  5. What is windows do you have in this

  6. How difficult would it be to scale this up to 10′ or 12′?

    • Bob, Did you ever receive a reply about your question? I too would like to build this playhouse in a
      10′ x 10′ or 10′ x 12′.

      • I would like to know as well. im thinking of doing a 12×20 shed with a garage door on the side and regular door on the front.

        • It takes some thought (adding another truss or 2 to the roof line) and extra lumber but everything else should stay the same. I just built with a 7′ ceiling instead of the 5′ in the plan with no problems. I would definitely recommend making ceiling at least 6-7′ if scaling to a 10’x10′ or more.

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