Build a Playhouse - Front Wall Options and Door

This project plan can simplify building a playhouse. This easy project uses just a single sheet of plywood and even uses the scraps for a door!


Projects built from this plan. Thank you for submitting brag posts, it's appreciated by all!


Author Notes: 

Let’s start right now with the front wall! It’s the last wall, and then we can put the roof on! Also, we’ll be looking at the door plan.

Like the back wall, the front wall will sit inside the side walls, making your footprint right at 48″ x 96″, to sit perfectly on the deck. To assemble the playhouse, from the insides of the front and back walls, use lag screws to attach the front walls to the end walls. It’s super easy to do, in fact, I did it all by myself! Because this plan is constructed identical to the other walls, by the time you get to it, you’ll be a pro. So I’m going to give you basic diagrams and a cut list to save you some paper today.

Shopping List: 

1 – Sheet of 1/4″ Exterior Plywood
6 – 2×2 Furring Strips, 8′ Long
3 – 1×2 Furring Strips, 8′ Long
3 – 1×3 Furring Strips, 8′ Long
Hinges for the Doors

2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
measuring tape
hammer (can be substituted for brad nailer with a nail punch)
safety glasses
hearing protection
see above drawing
Cut List: 

1 – 2×2 @ 90″ (Top Plate)
6 – 2×2 @ 45″ (Studs)
2 – 2×2 @ 29″ (Window Top and Bottom)
1 – 2×2 @ 57 1/4″ (Bottom Plate)
1 – 2×2 @ 14 3/4″ (Bottom Plate)
1 – 2×2 @ 18″ (Door Header)
1 – 2×2 @ 7 1/2″ (Window Header Stud)
90″ x 48″ 1/4″ Plywood with Windows and Doors cut out to fit the stud wall.

1 – 1×3 @ 90″ (Top Trim)
1 – 1×3 @ 14 3/4″ (Bottom Trim)
1- 1×3 @ 57 1/4″ (Bottom Trim)
2 – 1×2 @ 43″ (Side Trim)
2 – 1×2 @ 36 1/2″ (Door Trim)
1 – 1×2 @ 21″ (Top of Door Trim)
2 – 1×2 @ 16 1/2″ (Window Side Trim)
2 – 1×2 @ 32″ (Window Top and Bottom Trim)

Scrap Door Piece of plywood
2 – 1×3 @ 33″ (Door Sides)
1 – 1×3 @ 13″ (Middle Trim)
1 – 1×3 @ 18″ (Door Bottom)
1 – 1×4 @ 18″ (If you don’t have a 1×4 scrap, you can use a 1×3 but the length of the door sides will need to be increased to 34″)

Step 1: 

Frame your wall as shown above using 2″ screws and glue. Check for square. Trace out your windows and doors onto the plywood and cut out the openings. If you are careful about cutting out your door, you can use the door scrap to build your door with. Attach the plywood to the stud wall using 1 1/4″ nails and glue.

Step 2 Instructions: 

It is always a good idea to measure and cut your trim as you go to get the best fit. Use 1 1/4″ nails and glue to attach the trim to the face of the wall, keeping outside edges flush.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Cut your top door header piece in an arch as shown above. Then use a Kreg Jig™ to join the door pieces to create a door frame.

I used 1x2s and a 1×3 header because that is what I had for scraps. You can see the pocket holes in the above photo of the door. Then use 1″ nails and glue to attach the back plywood to the door frame. If your nailer doesn’t shoot 1″ nails, you can by brad nails and use a hammer to add the nails. Do not forget the glue.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Here is the door completed, but not yet on it’s hinges.

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Hey Anna,
just thought you might want to know, the sponsor link doesn't seem to work - I get linked to the image itself.
Thanks for all the plans, I especially like the outdoor collection!


I just found your blog and the these playhouse plans - they are fantastic!!! I feel so lucky to have found your site in my search for a present for my daughter's third birthday. What I only just realized was that these plans aren't part of your archive, but you're working on this project right now! What excellent timing.

Good luck with the rest of the project and thank you so much for the plans.


I'm super stoked! I've been building this piece by piece and I have all the sides finished except this one. I'm excited to get started on it today!

Super awesome. If you make the platform the right height, you can add a slide... that's what we are going to do, maybe two slides so the boys can race, hehe! Love this site!

Ana I am getting ready to make the door. There is a difference in the way you built the door and the plans. My question is did you make changes in the length of the sides or is that the way you planned it to be? I want to use the Kreg Jig like you did. In the plans it shows the header on top of the sides and your door shows the header between the sides.

I can't seem to find the plans for the playhouse. I have found the plans for the front wall/ door and the swing set but I can't find the rest of it. Am I missing something?
Thanks for all of your hard work. I love you plans and designs!!

Kaycee White

I absolutely love these plans! It'll make the perfect Xmas present for my little one! I may add a work bench on one side and a sink inside too. I'll make sure to brag post it when I'm done :)

However, I see the finished picture at the top but I can't seem to find the details on the roof anywhere. I've tried multiple keywords but I just haven't been able to find it. Do you have plans or directions for that step?

I love your site so much and it's my new addiction :)

How do you attach the house onto the deck? I am looking at making the platform slightly larger and the playhouse a little taller with a potential loft. I wasn't sure if the 4x4 posts went taller if I could build the walls with plywood inside or outside of the posts?
Do I need any additional bracing for the bottom if the platform size is the same height, but the house is about 7 feet tall by 9 feet wide and 8 1/2 feet deep?

I love your plans.

Hi Ana,

Thanks for this plan, and I really can't wait to get started on making one.

Should the wood be treated or is in treated ok?