Secret Hideaways: Incredible Kids Playhouse Designs

Kids outdoor playhouses range from wooden clubhouses to Victorian mansions, and everything in between. There are so many different types and sizes of outdoor playhouses for kids that it can be hard to know what to buy.

If you’re looking for some playhouse inspiration, here are some incredible playhouse designs. We guarantee your kids, your grandkids, or even your neighbor’s kids would love to have and play in any one of these.

Every child needs their own space to play. Whether it’s dress up or playing house, our selection of charming playhouses can be custom painted to fit the style of your child. Their excellent craftsmanship mean that these playhouses are safe and sturdy for your kids to play in.

Looking for something that will mimic a backyard cottage? Check out some of our favorite playhouses:

  • EZ Fit Sheds 6 x 8 ft. A-Frame Playhouse Kit: Sturdy and sporting a small porch with railing, this playhouse is made to order and easy to assemble. Customize it with your child’s favorite color and create the perfect backyard playhouse!
  • Little Cottage Co. Victorian 8 x 8 ft. Playhouse Kit: Looking for something adorable yet traditional? The Little Cottage Victorian 8 x 8 ft. Playhouse is a stunning example of craftsmanship. With its gingerbread trim, shutters and flower boxes it is a great example of the ultimate backyard playhouse. Comes equipped with deck and rail, chimney and floors.

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Whether you live near the beach or not, what kid doesn’t want a surfer’s shack? With a climbing net, rock wall, and slide, this is a great spot for your kids to hang out before or after they catch a wave (or pretend to).

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It’s country, it’s chic, and it’s all kinds of adorable. From the matching door and shutters to the little potted plants, curtains, and swing, we love everything about this playhouse a mom made for her daughter.

Want to re-create the example above? The Sweetbriar 4 x 4 Playhouse is a great example of how you can take a simple backyard playhouse and convert it by adding decorative pieces to accent and furnish the exterior. Assembly is fast and easy, and the Sweetbriar comes with a floor making it the perfect indoor or outdoor playhouse.

If you’re looking for a country cabin playhouse kit, the Cedar Shed Bunkhouse 10 x 12 ft. Storage Shed Kit is the small country cabin that could become the perfect spot for your kids to play with their friends. It also has a porch and includes decorative shutters and wooden planter boxes to add flowers. Putting the Cedar Shed Bunkhouse together is easy, and the unit comes equipped with all necessary components for assembly.

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Looking for something more unique? This may look like something you’d see on the TV show Tiny House Hunters, but it’s a kids outdoor playhouse. The rock and wood elements combined with the glass windows and multiple levels make this the most modern playhouse we’ve ever seen.

Another unique outdoor playhouse style is the Little Cottage Co. Firehouse 8 x 12 ft. Playhouse Kit. Your child can play pretend in the ultimate antique firehouse playhouse. This unit comes with pre-fastened wall panels and flooring and is easy to assemble.

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Lemonade anyone? If your kid is really into selling lemonade, ditch the cardboard lemonade stand and let them sell their homemade batches out of this cute cafe. With a kids picnic table and umbrella, this kind of playhouse will definitely be the new hangout for all the neighborhood kids—and bring your kid even more money than she or he would make on the sidewalk.

Check out the Little Cottage Co. Cape Cod DIY Playhouse Kit or Little Cottage Co. Penfield Playhouse Kit for kid’s dream lemonade stand playhouse. Each has plenty of room and workable doors to serve drinks from, as well as a deck or porch for kids to sit and enjoy a glass of fresh lemonade.

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What does every knight need? Her own cute castle of course. The touches of pink and knight’s shield add the perfect external finishing touches if you ask us.

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An outdoor kids playhouse should be sturdy, but more so for the kids it needs to be fun. And there’s no better way to add fun than with physical games, like a rock wall, rope to climb, monkey bars, and more.

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Summer can be hard for parents. The kids are home all day and can get bored quickly. But with a playhouse that has a sandpit, a chalkboard wall, and whatever else you want to add, you can turn those boring days into multisensory fun and learning days.

After all that playhouse inspiration, now it’s time to see what your and your kids’ imaginations can build. But if you don’t want to start from scratch (and we don’t blame you), browse our variety of cool kids outdoor playhouses. Once assembled, one of our playhouses is ready to go as is, or you can customize it to ensure your playhouse has all the features your kids want.