Kids Outdoor Playhouses

Looking for an ideal way to give your children hours of imaginative entertainment with little effort? If so, then you’ve come to the right place here at Wicken Toys! With our extensive range of exciting outdoor playhouses, we offer plenty of options to choose from, to ensure you find the perfect piece of outdoor play equipment. Whether you’re on the lookout for a standard or hybrid playhouse, our selection from All Out Play and Plum has you covered! The kids playhouses we offer will look the part in any outdoor space or garden, making them a fantastic addition to all homes. These outdoor playhouses will help you to transform an empty space into an impressive area filled with fun – a place where your children will spend hours playing to their heart’s content in their own little world.

 

Wooden playhouses for kids

We understand that the preferences of every child are different, as some want to simply play ‘house’ while others dream of taking to the high seas in their pirate galleon or fighting battles from their wooden fortress. Whether your child partakes in peaceful tea parties or embarks on otherworldly adventures, our kids playhouses cater to all imaginations.

Our All Out Play kids wooden playhouses blend in well with any environment, from urban gardens surrounded by fencing to spacious open lawns. Built from solid foundations, you can be sure that our kids outdoor playhouses are 100% safe to use all year round. If you have any worries that you won’t be able to use our kids wooden playhouses in the rain, these can be quashed with the knowledge that every design includes an enclosed space to allow play in all kinds of weather.

If you’re close by and would like to test out a kids outdoor playhouse before you buy one for your own home, then the largest display of playground equipment in the UK is open all year round at Wicken Toys, Whittlebury Road, Milton Keynes, MK19 6BJ. You can also contact us via telephone on 0800 587 1066 or give us an email today at sales@wickentoys.co.uk.

 

Outdoor Playhouse FAQs

What are the benefits of a kids playhouse for your child?

Playhouses are incredibly exciting for young children, especially if they come with additional features like climbing towers and slides. They can decorate the enclosed interior spaces whichever way they like, creating their own space for independent play. Their outdoor playhouse can become anything they want it to, whether that’s a secret hideout, an arts and craft space, or simply a playroom to spend time in with their toys.

From teepees to wendy houses and rockets to castles, the sky is the limit. Your child’s playhouse is more than just a hideaway or playground, it’s an important tool to help them develop motor skills and creativity. If you have multiple small children who can play together, the shared playhouse will encourage social skills and problem-solving in addition to boosting the possibilities of imaginative group play. The result is happier and healthier kids.

 

Why choose a wooden outdoor playhouse?

Whether you’re opting for a classic wooden playhouse or something more unusual like a fort or climbing den, all of our kids playhouses are made from sturdy durable materials for safety and weather resistance. They’re designed to stand the test of time, keeping your kids playing outdoors and getting valuable exercise instead of staring at screens for too long.

All wood can be left to enjoy its natural grain, or you can use paint or wood stain in a colour of your choice to customise the appearance of your outdoor playhouse. It’s easy to ensure that the playhouse fits in with the aesthetic of your other garden furniture, especially if you have a particular theme you’d like to uphold throughout without compromising on your child’s recreation opportunities.

As long as you take good care of your child’s playhouse, they’ll be enjoying hours of wholesome entertainment and making formative memories for years to come. The fun never stops when you can change the décor along with their tastes as they grow, meaning a fairy-tale cottage can become a superhero’s headquarters or a pirate ship can turn into a princess castle with a splash of paint.

 

Do you need planning permission for a wooden playhouse?

Depending on the height of your wooden playhouse, you might wonder whether you need planning permission to build it in your garden. The good news is, as a playhouse is a domestic structure that is used temporarily and not lived in, you usually needn’t worry about gaining approval. This means that you can go ahead and install a wooden outdoor playhouse without being concerned about applying for planning permission beforehand.

That said, larger structures might require permission from your local council. Though you might think permission isn’t required to put a playhouse on your own property, tall structures can infringe on neighbours’ privacy or obstruct views. The majority of kids playhouses won’t need planning permission, but two-storey playhouses and ones with taller roofs might if they're:

  • Covering half the garden (with a floor area exceeding 30m²)
  • More than 3m tall with a pent roof
  • Over 4m high with an apex roof
  • On a platform more than 30cm high
  • Within 2m of a boundary and over 2.5m tall
  • Within 1m of a boundary with a floor area exceeding 20m²
  • Situated between the dwelling and a public highway

Public highways include roads and footpaths, and generally, you shouldn’t put a playhouse in front of your property. Before ordering an outdoor playhouse, we recommend checking the measurements of the playhouse and your garden, then contacting your local authority to check the regulations for outbuildings and find out whether you’ll need permission to position it in your chosen place.

 

Does a wooden playhouse need a base?

The base of your structure is crucial in ensuring that it is safe for use. If the base is unstable, then the wooden playhouse will be prone to falling over when weight is distributed unevenly. This is why we recommend that your outdoor playhouse is installed on flat land and never on a steep slope. By laying the best possible foundations for your fun-filled product, you’ll give yourself the peace of mind that playing children will be safe at all times, and allow them to enjoy the intended thrills of a playhouse without the risk of injury.

Smaller playhouses may be constructed directly on level ground or grass; they should have been treated with a preservative wood stain to protect against damp and mould from the ground underneath. If you have a paved patio or wooden decking, this is perfect for placing a small kids playhouse. Larger playhouses placed on less even ground are better off being constructed on top of a solid base, such as heavy-duty wood or concrete slabs. The surrounding area should have softer impact-absorbing ground such as grass, bark chips, or sand, especially for multi-storey tower playhouses.

You should always make sure that the playhouse is securely attached to the base, and that the location is appropriate before you commit to constructing a foundation and positioning the outdoor playhouse there. For the most stable and safe structure, ensure that the playhouse is in a dry area with a surrounding clear space of at least 1.8m. This means no waterlogged ground, weeds, or overhanging foliage, wires, or washing lines. Don’t place it too close to fences or walls, and make sure it’s visible from the main house for easy supervision.

 

How to protect a wooden playhouse?

Here at Wicken Toys, we give our customers the guarantee that our products will last for the long term, ensuring that you’re always making a worthwhile investment when you buy from us. However, in cases of extreme weather exposure and excessive wear and tear, a wooden playhouse can lose the fresh appeal it once had. If you want to keep your outdoor playhouse in the best possible condition, then you’ll need to keep up with the maintenance of the wood and moving parts.

When you first set up the playhouse, you should make sure there are no gaps in the structure and everything is sufficiently sealed against water and other sources of damage. You should regularly check that bolts and hinges in doors and windows are working smoothly without rust, and that there’s no discolouration or weakening of the roof and walls.

Smaller plastic playhouses can be brought inside garages when not in use to prevent weathering, or you may want to cover larger structures with a tarpaulin during rainy weather. However, do not leave a kids playhouse covered for long periods of time, as this encourages moisture which then leads to rot and mould. If you find that the playhouse gets muddy or dusty, clean it with a soft bristle brush and warm soapy water, avoiding chemical cleaning solutions.

The best way to protect your outdoor playhouse against the elements and the general wear of countless playtimes is to treat it with a preservative stain at least once a year. You can use a transparent sealant or wood preserver if you want to maintain the appearance of natural wood or the brightness of coloured paint, or try a tinted wood stain if you’d like to change the colour of your wooden playhouse while keeping it healthy and strong. These treatments prevent the wood from shrinking, expanding, or warping, and help to dispel rot and fungi.

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