Adding A Playhouse To Your Basement

With kids, nothing can be more fun than a playhouse. Homeowners with a basement are lucky in that they get an entire extra floor’s worth of space to use their imagination. Some people might install a den or a bar area for entertaining guests. With a basement playhouse, however, you have a safe haven for your children to play while you can quietly work upstairs. The kids will love it too, as they will be able to have their own small say in how the house is decorated. It is a win-win situation that can be easily made.

Materials needed:

  • Small plastic playground slide
  • Two 2 x 4s as tall as the playground slide
  • Two sheets of plywood
  • Paint
  • Circular saw
  • Four 1-inch diameter dowels
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Sandpaper

Step 1: Select The Area

This works best if you have a small, elevated area already in the corner of your basement. With said area, you can build the playhouse on top of it and have the slide set off to the side. In such a scenario, you would need half as much plywood as well since you can use the basement’s existing walls.

Step 2: Make The Ladder

The ladder can easily be made by connecting the dowels to two of the 2 x 4s with the hammer and nails. Make sure the dowels are spaced evenly apart and that they are level with the 2 x 4s. The 2 x 4s need to be parallel with each other and the same length.

Step 3: Cut The Plywood

Use the circular saw to cut a rough door and windows in the pieces of plywood. The door should be big enough for your kids to easily fit through, while the windows should be smaller. Join the corners together at a perpendicular angle and place in the corner of the basement. The basement walls will form the other walls of the playhouse.

Step 4: Connect The Ladder

The playground slide should easily fit over the homemade ladder. Connect it to the ladder with more nails and the hammer. You can now place the ladder next to the playhouse and connect it to the playhouse with the hammer and nails if you wish.

Step 5: Sanding and Painting

Sand down any rough edges so the kids do not snag themselves on them. Be sure to use a durable paint that will not easily peel. Many hardware stores sell kid proof paint that stands up to the rigors of children.

Now that you have your playhouse you can feel free to improve upon it at your leisure. Get your kids involved with the painting process by letting them choose the colors and designs on the walls. They can also get involved by putting hand prints on the side with washable paint. Your kids will thank you, as they now have a place to play on rainy days.