10 awesome playhouses that your children will love
What makes a perfect playhouse? For some, it’s somewhere to hide away and play make-believe, or read. Others love a space to discover the joy of growing plants and spotting garden wildlife.
Want a woodcutter’s cottage? Or the ultimate two-storey playzone? We’ve put together some fantastic ideas from our customers to help you create the playhouse of your children’s dreams! Keen to get one of your own? Browse our full range of high quality wooden playhouses for inspiration.
1. Flower Patch
Transforming the 5 x 5 Poppy Playhouse, sheddie dad Stewart created this flower patch playhouse for his twin girls, Luisa and Sofia. Sturdy laminate makes the floor more comfortable, and the girls’ toy table and chairs give them an ideal place to play, read and draw. The twins' own artwork on the walls make this playhouse a warm, personal space.
The wooden flowers over the blue paintwork, and the bright rainbow stripes on the veranda floor give the playhouse a happy feel. Stewart says: “I had great fun completing this transformation project; not sure who enjoyed fixing it up most - me, or the twins!”
Our favourite feature is the adorable green and yellow welly planters - perfect for some petite plants that the girls can tend to, with a little help from Dad, of course!
2. Butterfly Cottage
Think pink. Cristina did, when she set up this perfect space for her daughter after investing in the 4 x 4 Snug Wooden Playhouse. It’s the ideal spot for her to while away her summer days, playing and creating. She says:
“Our little girl totally adores her playhouse; she spends hours in it with her dolls cooking them nice meals with her toy kitchen, or reading them stories whilst sitting in her little chair.”
Cristina maximises the brightness of ‘butterfly cottage’ by using a light pink exterior with a white trim, and vinyl flower stickers. Multi-coloured bunting around the front of the playhouse features an assortment of cute illustrated creatures, which are a great inspiration for stories and make-believe.
Cristina’s daughter loves the playhouse so much that they're even looking at bigger models of this playhouse once she grows out of this one!
3. Beekeeper’s Cottage
James created ‘Beekeeper’s Cottage’ for his children, and designed it to fit in beautifully with the rest of the family garden. Decorative window boxes give a rustic country house feel, and the dream catcher hanging from the gable adds a touch of mystical chic.
The cottage’s muted colour scheme gives a calm, restful feeling, and a delicate butterfly on the front door adds to the aura of relaxed beauty. This double storey Snowdrop playhouse is ready to be filled with smiles and happy memories - we bet that James’s children never want to leave it!
4. Cosy ‘Home Away From Home’
After sharing the transformation of her own home at @ournewwarwickhome, Emma turned her attention to her daughter’s new Poppy playhouse from Waltons. Wanting to create a cosy and inviting place to hang out, Emma focused on the small details that have the biggest impact.
Inside, she added a carpet, curtains, plants, a comfy chair and an upcycled play kitchen. But Emma’s little touches didn’t stop at the interior. She installed fairy lights over the doorway, and found a friendly welcome mat. Emma’s daughter is thrilled with her new space:
“Yesterday she spent the whole day in there; serving us cups of tea and holding any visitors hostage!”
5. Tricolour Playhouse
Wanting to do something a little different with her Snug playhouse from Waltons, DIY-savvy mum Jessie-May painted it white, dark green and pink. Adding a faux flower garland to the fascia, this hideout can’t fail to be noticed.
Opting for a strong and dark colour theme inside, the contrasting pink floor cushions and picnic table are perfect for tea parties. We particularly love the gingham curtains and the painted flower pots by the front door. It’s a truly quirky, unique space!
6. Two-Storey Playhouse
Having chosen Waltons two-storey playhouse for the maximum floor space, Chelsea-Louise dedicated the downstairs to a well-equipped cafe including a table and mini-kitchen. But climb the ladder and the mood instantly changes... The cosy top floor has carpet, plenty of soft cushions and curtains - perfect for stories, puzzles and quiet play.
7. Farmhouse Kitchen
Laura’s children enjoy hours of fun in their cosy country kitchen. With cleverly painted pink and white walls and a gorgeous lino floor, this Snug playhouse from Waltons is certainly insta-worthy! Laura added a wide shelf for extra storage and some sheer curtains so the children can cocoon themselves inside.
8. The Saloon
Thinking beyond the ordinary, imaginative mum Samantha Houston added a touch of the wild west to her family’s tower playhouse with slide from Waltons. She says:
“This is our children's playhouse, aka The Houston Saloon. Complete with curtains, indoor lighting, outdoor solar lighting around the sign, and a cowboy boot wind vane.”
There’s a great view from the window of the playhouse over the rest of the garden where the kids have a sunken trampoline and golf putting green. Samantha feels that creating this outdoor playzone was definitely worth the effort. The kids love it, and it’s been an enormous success. We agree, and reckon that most children would be delighted to play there.
9. Woodcutter’s Cottage
Fancy going back to nature with your wooden playhouse? That’s exactly what Kristina did with her daughter’s hideaway. The natural stain on the wood gives a homespun feel to the playhouse, and it fits in beautifully with its surroundings. Nestling at the bottom of the family garden, it could be a secluded cottage in an enchanted forest!
Kristina is expecting a second baby, and the family have recently moved house. They wanted to give the playhouse as a gift to their first child as a little treat for taking to the changes in her life so amazingly. They’ve certainly done it in style. Kristina says:
“She loves it, calls it her 'den' and loves showing it off whenever we have visitors.”
10. Strawberry Shortcake Playhouse
Design-savvy Sarah and her husband built this magnificent ‘Strawberry Shortcake’ playhouse for their daughter. A play kitchen is installed while carpets, fairy lights and floor cushions make the interior a warm, cosy environment for creative fun. Outside, the white picket fence and matching bench give this two-storey playhouse from Waltons a beautiful, homestyle finish. Sarah says:
“It took us about two weeks, on and off, to complete the house. I painted it before my husband put it together and he took about five hours to build it!”
Thank you to our customers for sending in photos of their dream playhouses. We love to see our buildings being used and enjoyed, and it’s fantastic to see them decorated so beautifully! If you’ve bought a playhouse from us we’d love to see your photos. Share them via our Facebook page.
Lead image: Waltons 7x5 Snowdrop Playhouse (Customer image: Gem)