Usually, the whole scope of going through the hassle of building your own tree house is to have the privacy – but the key piece is the entrance door, as this is what will keep out the curious ones, when you are not there to guard your safe-haven. Here are some ideas to help you decide which design is best suitable for your tree house.
Having a solid wood door with a padlock and a key would be the most reliable, but you have to keep in mind that this is not a house full of valuable possessions. Most often, it is used as a child’s hideout and it’s just the thought of having somewhere locked that the adults cannot get to, that is most appealing. Also, you have to remember that the tree house is not at ground level, and a solid wood door is far from light. In fact, if you are not careful, it might end up being a danger to anyone using it and those around it. Opt for a light weight wooden door, which will provide the needed security, but be light enough to be used for your tree house.
Another option would be to go for curtains. Apart from considering the right material for your curtains, you should also think about other aspects of this type of tree house entrance. Will your curtain be waterproof? Having a waterproof curtain will prevent it from soaking up rain water in bad weather. Or will it be made of canvas? Curtains made from durable canvas will not blow all over the place in the wind. With any type of curtain material, a good tip is to add lead weights to the bottom hem. This will keep the curtain hanging vertically, even if it is windy, and it will help keep some of the cold out.
You can also chose to have a beaded curtain, which can be bought ready to hang or you can make it to size yourself, picking the colors of the beads and the patterns to adorning the curtain. This is a good option if you would like to add some extra texture to your tree house. Also, unlike having a material curtain, the pattern and colors can be appreciated when inside the tree house. Lead weights can also be added to beaded curtains so that the lengths of beaded strings are not flying everywhere, being hazardous.
Another option would be to have a rectangle of Perspex cut out to size and fit into a wooden frame, that can act as a door. This will ensure that the children are playing safely as they can be seen inside the tree house. Additionally, the kids are able to see outside, so that there are no boundaries between them and nature.
Anything can be used to make an entrance into a tree house special… all you have to do is use your imagination to make the most of what you have at your disposal.