DIY-Playhouse For Our Children

I’ve always dreamed about crafting a loft house in which my kids can sleep and play. Now, I finally found some time and (lots of) ideas to work on a wooden playhouse. Just in time, I finished this project two days before Christmas Eve 2014.

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This is our DIY playhouse for kids.

In this blog post, I’d like to introduce our DIY playhouse for kids. It’s a classic Ikea hack where you combine or rearrange original products with other materials. Explore its features on two floors – and don’t miss the special story I created on Instagram. Please leave your questions and messages in the comments below.

Update 04/2019: We’ve painted the playhouse with this stylish red Falun  color so it looks like a classic Scandinavian house.


insta-story-screenshotPlayhouse42 on Instagram:

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1. Sleeping upstairs

First of all let me tell you that the basic element of our playhouse is a Kura bed from Ikea. The reclining area of the bed is 200 x 90 centimeters which means that most single-bed mattrasses should fit here. I used a Trofast storage combination and fixed it to the left side of the bed. So the kids have a comfortable way up and down – especially by night when it’s dark in the room.

How do you like the gabled roof? I’m not an architect so I am proud to present a very stable construction which I like pretty much!  The height of our playhouse is now 230 centimeters and it fits right under the room’s ceiling.

Photo gallery: All upstairs features (German subtitles only, sorry for that.)

 

2. Playing downstairs

Downstairs, you’ll find an area to play, read oder just hang around. As you can see, our kids love to play supermarket so I fixed a sign to swing open, a small chalkboard to write special offers on and a green blind they can lift up in the morning. Inside, there’s a switch to turn on an LED strip that gives a warm and cosy light. Time to play, folks!

A few years ago, our daughters got an own shop for christmas and played with it every day. For weeks! Then, from one day to another, their supermarket got out of fashion and I had to storage it somewhere… But now, it’s time for a comeback! I rearranged the elements of the shop and adapted the height a little bit – and here we go. I even recovered some of the old products (e.g. wooden fruits, paper packages), so the kids can sell or buy them in the shop!

Willkommen im Supermarkt: "Sie wünschen?"

Diese Holzkasse gab's zu Weihnachten.

Our children love to play “Living in a house”. They ring the door bell (which actually rings or plays a melody), write letters to each other and put them into the letterbox. Sometimes, they even play hotel and let a room or bed in the loft.

Downstairs, I also fixed an old iPad mount so that the kids are able to watch some cartoons.

Ein kurzer Clip am Tag ist okay - und besser als Fernsehprogramme mit Werbemüll...

Now you want to be a girl or boy again, don’t you?

 

3. The Making of

Photo gallery: German subtitles only, sorry again.

 

4. Special Feature: A secret door

Well, every house needs a secret door! And yes, The playhouse has got one: Just press carefully against the left wall inside – and an almost invisible door springs open. Now, the kids are able to escape through the Trofast shelf after they pushed the boxes out of the fittings.

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The secret door: The guy on the right is called Max by the way. Haven’t you met before?

 

5. Bill of materials

Products, materials and tools you’ll need to craft a playhouse like this:

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8 Kommentare

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  2. Hi. I am about to do something similar for my kids and I love the simplicity of your banister on the trofast. How did you attach it, it looks very neat?
    Great job, your kids are very lucky!

  3. Sandra sagt

    Hi, awesome work! When attaching all the timbers did you pre-drill the Kura? And what did you do about the existing Kura screws that are not even with the bars? Did you enlarge the hole to “sink them in” before attaching the new ones or….???
    Thanks for your input
    Sandra

    • Rita und Oliver sagt

      Thanks for your comment, Sandra! I am sorry for my delayed answer since your comment had been lost somewhere in the WordPress spam folder…

      Well, I did not pre-drill the Kura. I just screwed and screwed until every screw was done. 😉

      And to be honest, I am not sure what you mean with “…Kura screws that are not even with the bars”. I just cannot remember any screw problems with the bars when I created the play house four years ago. Maybe IKEA has changed the production design of this bed lately?

      Best wishes
      Oliver

  4. Svenia sagt

    Hallihallo, könntest du mir die Masse für die Geländerstreben schicken? Möchte etwas ähnliches für unsere Tochter gestalten

  5. Hallo, toll sieht das aus! Ich habe aber auch eine Frage. Hält das Regal, welches du als Treppe benutzt auch einen Erwachsenen zwecks abends ins Bett bringen? Liebe Grüße Anne

    • Rita und Oliver sagt

      Hallo Anne, ja, meine 80 kg halten sowohl die Treppe als auch das Hochbett problemlos seit mehreren Jahren aus*! Genau aus deinem Grund steige ich da auch öfter abends hoch… 🙂 VG Oliver

      *eigene Erfahrungswerte. Ob es offizielle Infos dazu von Ikea gibt, weiß ich leider nicht.

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