Guide to purchasing the right playhouse for you
With a wide variety of outdoor playhouses on the market, it can be difficult to decide what type of garden playhouse best suits your garden and child’s needs.
Investing in a playhouse is a great way to get your kids connected to the outdoors; getting them active and allowing their imaginations and friendships to develop organically.
Playhouses come in many shapes, sizes, designs and price ranges, and this can be a challenge to filter through. So, we have come up with an easy-to-follow guide with some important tips that can help narrow down your search, helping you find the perfect garden house for your little ones.
Price and Size
Playhouses can vary quite a bit on price depending on their size, quality and features. So, a great way to start your search is to assess your budget and the size of playhouse your garden will be able to accommodate.
When thinking about the type of playhouse you can fit in your garden space, it is also very important to set aside some extra space for its initial assembly as well as making sure that the area is safe; make sure the ground is firm and level and able to withstand a playhouse. Considering these factors will help to filter your results.
Playhouses can have many features, structures and shapes; some can be simple ground-level Wendy houses, whilst others can be double storied or raised off the ground by posts and feature slides, ladders and other apparatus. Have a research and think about what features you would like your playhouse to have. This could depend on the age and interests of your children. If, for example, the playhouse will be used by multiple children, a bigger or double story Playhouse would be perfect for playtime with siblings and friends.
Materials and Maintenance
Playhouses are usually made from either wood or plastic. Which material to go for depends on your personal tastes, how long you would like the playhouse to last and how much TLC you are willing to put into it. Wooden playhouses are traditionally more aesthetically pleasing and durable but do require more maintenance. Its advised to treat the wood shortly after purchase and continue to top it up on an annual basis. This will protect it against weathering and rotting, ensuring your playhouse will last for years to come.
Plastic playhouses are typically smaller in size and have a shorter lifespan. They don’t need much maintenance but do tend to fade easily from sun exposure.
Most playhouses on the market come with the standard safety specifications. For ease of mind, be sure to check these before purchase. When considering wooden playhouses make sure to find out about safety poles for raised houses, proper sanding of the wood and edges, safety hinges and soft-close magnets and whether you will need a concrete/level base.