How To Turn Your Shed Into A Dream Playhouse

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Hello darlings!
We are still on vacation but I wanted to share a few thoughts and ideas on a matter close to my heart. Child's playground and how to make it work! I keep stressing out about it and writting a few thoughts down makes it easier to organise it in my head. So I created a small guide, hope it helps out!

Every child, no doubt, has a dream of having their very own space to play in, relax in, hideout, watch movies, or whatever else they like to do. With our tips below, you can turn your garden shed into a child’s dream playhouse where they can spend hours having fun.


Remember that proximity to you and the house is important – you always want to be able to keep an eye on your little one while they have fun playing in a safe and secure environment. That’s why converted garden sheds are the perfect solution. You can put one right outside your back door, and ensure that it is properly damp-proofed, insulated, and properly decorated for your child’s age, activities, and interest, you can transform the garden shed into anything you and your children want it to be – their only limit is their imagination.

So, go through a step-by-step guide below and convert your humble shed into your children’s dream playhouse.

The first step is to start planning out the playhouse. Sit down and make a couple of lists. One list should detail what exactly your children will use their special space for. Another list can incorporate your, and your children’s, initial requirements for the new, fun, and stimulating space.

The next step is to work out the layout and size of the playhouse, using your first set of lists as a guide. This will help you with proper planning and make sure you don’t over buy unnecessary items.

Thirdly, take a good look at the state of your current shed and where it sits in your garden – is it going to do just as it is, or do you need to make a few changes first?

Now, sit down and create a job list with dates and deadlines. Clearly mark out which jobs you will deal with and which ones you want your kids to get involved with or take care of altogether. Don’t forget to make a list for the professionals you may need to get in, too!

Now, when it comes to working on the shed, a great place to start is by damp-proofing it to ensure your little ones can enjoy their special place all year round without fear of damp. Next, insulate the walls, ceiling, and floor, and cover with a plasterboard, tongue & groove, or ply. 

Your kids may want to run their gadgets, plug in a TV or radio, or even plug in a heater during the winter. So, install electricity via wind power, mains, or solar, and then install lighting, whether you decide to go with mains-operated fluorescents, LED, halogen, or lamps, or even more economically, battery-operated push lights.

Speaking of heating, you may want to consider installing heating be it in the form of underfloor pipes, tube heaters, solar air heaters, convection heaters, or even portable radiators. 

If the kids are going to be surfing online in their space, connect it to the internet via power line adaptors, home Wi-Fi, or tethering to a mobile and then install guttering or connect it to your main water line.

Finally, secure your shed, install storage, and have tons of fun decorating the space with your kids!


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21 comments

  1. Such a great idea! Do you have before/after pics of your shed turned playhouse? Imagination is so important for children so this is a great way to provide them with an imaginative play zone.

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  2. Yes. I completely agree with Shannon. In order for your readers to have a visual of where to put the playhouse, and the steps should include pictures. This will make the article more fun to look at. But anyway, great tips you provided here.

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  3. This sounds like an amazing idea! I would LOVE to see pictures of your shed turned playhouse! Please share with us!

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  4. Such a great idea. That way kids always have a place to play outside even when it rains. Are we getting pictures of the finished result?

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  5. This is great idea. You can get the kids involved and they have a great playhouse at the sametime

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  6. This would be a great idea! My daughter would love this. Maybe one day we'll get a shed but our backyard isn't that big.

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  7. What a fun idea, my daughter would love this! I love the idea of the heater, we live in Colorado and a heater would be great. I also love the radio idea as I have a little dancer.

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  8. This is a fantastic idea. I have a shed we do not really use right now. It would be perfect to transform. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  9. It's a god idea, giving the kids kind of privacy and the freedom in a supervised area in the house.

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  10. I wish that I had a shed that I could turn in to a playhouse for my kiddos. I always wanted a playhouse and would love one for my kiddos.

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  11. What an amazing idea! This type of dream playhouse would have been loved by my daughters when they were growing up. Now I'll need to store this fantastic idea for when my girls get married and have families of their own.

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  12. Now this would definitely be my idea of a dream playhouse. I love the sound of using wind power to generate electricity such a sustainable idea as well x

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  13. This is such a cute idea! I would have killed for a little playhouse growing up.

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  14. That's a creative way to turn it into a dream. It's like a magical treehouse! I'd love one myself!

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  15. This made me giggle. I actually turned my shed into an over-sized dog house. I have a beagle who loves to dig around and when I am not at home I love to leave the patio door open. She then goes into the shed to dig around in the sand and hide her toys when I am not at home. This literally saved my garden since she stopped digging up the vegetables and flowers. Spoilt dog? Oh yes. =D

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  16. That's an awesome idea. This is the reason why my Mom loves to plant trees around her house. Now we are enjoying the shed :)

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  17. Interesting article. I remember I wanted to create a wooden train with my sis when we were little, in my grandma garden, so I can image how happy the kids are with a shed.

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  18. This is such a great idea! My daughter has her own little garden, so this would be a cute idea to make her own little reading area next to her garden!

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  19. I love the idea of heated floors and I think it’ll be fun for kidsi n the colder weather! Awesome idea.

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  20. Show some photos :) I'm super curious to see them! What a great idea! X

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  21. Such cool ideas for kids, well maybe applies to adults room too. I know something about solar power but no idea yet for the solar air. I need to check and learn about this too.

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