Playhouse Roof

Think putting up a roof on a playhouse is difficult? Reconsider with this plan. This simple roof design will take all of the confusion out of rafters. We've had this playhouse up through a windy Alaska summer (and winter), through rainstorms, and even with lots of snow!


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

Author Notes: 

After this plan, you should be in a position on your playhouse to start adding fun accessories.  You can make your own, like I'm doing to use up my scraps, or visit Ready Shed (super reasonably priced!).  But first, let's get the roof on.


That is assuming you've built walls (this is Hannah, my sweet little niece who I would adopt if her I could), when we built our very first wall.  Click for gable walls, back wall and front wall plans.

Budget per gable end walls: $20 each

Are you at this stage?  All the walls are built, and quickly assembled for a quick photo.
Budget for front and back walls $25 each

Or maybe you've already painted?  I thought it would be easier to paint at grass level than deck level.  And then we just unscrewed the panels and moved it to the playhouse deck.
Budget for paint: 1 Can of White Trim Paint, 1 Quart of Exterior Paint (just used leftovers from the house, and a homeade mix of red, white, and blue to get the pink for the door - we got lucky with the color) Budget: $30


We moved the playhouse to the deck, and assembled.  The shutters are 1x2s nailed to another 1x2 and painted and screwed from the inside to the plywood walls.  Window boxes are made of 1x6s with 1x4s for the bottoms, holes drilled for water.  I actually used vinyl siding 1x6s and 1x4s because I know how often these poor plants are going to be watered.
Budget for Rafters: $20  Budget for Deck: $100


I got my first every try at roofing, and it was much easier than I thought!  Just read the directions and start at the bottom.  I made note of this earlier, that I used 3/8" scrap plywood for my roof, and the shingles had to be nailed to the rafters, so I had to lap my rafters, creating a visible line in the roofing.  In this plan, you won't have that issue because you will be using 3/4" plywood for the roof sheathing.  Budget for Plywood and Shingles: $100


Here's the jobsite this morning.  Total Budget: $350.  Not bad compared to this for $3500 (and it still requires 8 hours of assembly for two people).  And my husband thinks I should cover the deck like this playhouse to keep everything dry.


Well, let's get a roof on!

Shopping List: 

2 – 3/4″ Plywood or OSB 4×8 Sheets (Can be the builder grade stuff)
6 – 2×2 Furring Strips
50 Square Feet of Roofing
8′ Roofing Ridge Material
Roofing Nails or other Roofing fasteners
2″ Screws
1 1/4″ screws

measuring tape
hammer (can be substituted for brad nailer with a nail punch)
safety glasses
hearing protection
Dimensions are designed to fit the Playhouse Collection of plans
Cut List: 

10 – 2×2 @ 34″, Both Ends Mitered down 45 degrees perpendicular (Rafters)
1 – 2×2 @ 93″ (Ridge Pole)
2 – 3/4″ Plywood or OSB @ 96″ x 35″

Step 1: 

Line your ridgepole up with the back side wall and quickly mark the placement of each stud in the back wall. Then, attach your ridgepole as shown above, screwing from the outsides of the gable end walls with 2″ screws.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Build your trusses by screwing the tops of the trusses together using the 2″ screws and glue. Lay your trusses on top of the ridgepole and line up with the markings from step 1. The ends of the rafters should be flush with the outsides of the front and back walls, matching the trusses built into the gable end walls (also highlighted in green above). Screw to both the front and back walls and to the ridgepole.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Use the 1 1/4″ screws to attach the sheathing to the rafters, as shown above.

Step 4 Instructions: 

The roof sheathing should look like this, with slight overhangs on the ends.

Step 5 Instructions: 

Follow the directions from your manufacturer on installing roofing.

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Off and on, I've been at this project for about two weeks, but it's interrupted hours, here and there. If you made good time, it would be entirely possible to build this in a weekend.

Yes, make sure you screw the walls to the deck so the wind doesn't blow it off.


I need to go back and read the plans but did you put the whole decking into concrete footings? I would be worried that it would topple because it's "back heavy."

Hi Mom Brose, the playhouse is actually much lighter than you would expect (my husband and I carried it acrossed the lawn) and there is no issue of being top heavy. The deck that the playhouse sits on is heavy and a large footprint, so you shouldn't have trouble with the playhouse toppling over. Check this one out from ToysRUs, sits right on the lawn, and it's even taller with a smaller footprint

These questions make me glad I built this playhouse before I blogged! That said, we will probably move the playhouse to concrete pier or deck blocks just because the extra step will preserve the playhouse longer and create greater stability. Just can't buy deck blocks locally.

Our yard is slightly sloped so we opted to level the decking by burying the footings in the ground and cementing them in. Overkill the dear hubby says but it's not going anywhere. : )

I really like the stilts! We decided not to do stilts but to go high in the roof and do a sandbox next to it. I had a stilted playhouse as a kid.

Pictures of one weekend's worth of work are on our blog right now.

i just discovered your blog. no joke, i've bookmarked 20+ projects & i'm begging my husband to show my how to use his basic tools. i plan on listing our girls giant plastic kitchen on craigslist this weekend & making them a wood kitchen (as per our original plan!!) with the directions/plans you've posted. thank you so much for such great ideas!

I think it would be great if you adapted this to be a full-size tool or potting shed. My husband and I were looking for a plan we could build ourselves recently. I'm sure the term "DIY tool shed" it would increase male traffic to your site!

I am in the middle of building this playhouse... by myself, or actually with a little "help" from my 6 and 8 year olds, and it is basically my first project. I have to say I am pretty proud of myself!! Thank you for your easy to follow instructions!

I am actually building this for two goats. I don't want to put it up on a deck. Could I put it on concrete blocks? And the flooring I guess would just be the same grade plywood as the roof? Do I need floor rafters similar to the walls? This might be in the instructions somewhere. Point me in the right direction, if so!

Thank you Ana!!