Foldable Children's Playhouses

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Project by Robster40 posted 11-15-2010 10:42 PM 5471 views 7 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These little playhouse units are something that myself and a good friend of mine started building a few years ago out of MDF material. Although this picture is not of a complete unit, it gives you an idea of what they eventually look like. The finished products are completely painted and will normally have an address plate and possible other little exterior details on them. The inside is also painted but includes chalkboard paint for kids to draw inside.

There are also matching curtains in the windows and across the door made out of real material and sewn together by my wife. They sell well at Christmas time and I usually will try to get 3 or 4 done during the year and have a a few ready for assembly on hand in case there is a large request for them. Color and style varies by customer.

The cool part about these units is that they fold flat so they can be stored away under a bed or in a closet. I’ll post new pictures when I finish detailing the new units.

-- Rob, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada,

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#1 posted 11-15-2010 11:11 PM

Great idea Rob. Are they something kids can move on their own and do they lock standing up so that the sides cant collapse in? They look pretty sturdy though. Again, great idea.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#2 posted 11-15-2010 11:53 PM

There is a safety bar (actually, it’s a long threaded bar with pipe insulation wrapped around it) that pokes through a small hole at the bottom corner of each panel. On the outside of that, there is a threaded plastic knob that screws on to the bar from the outside. The finished units were a lot bigger than the new ones (shown as not finished yet) and they are really lightweight because of the MDF board which is only about 1/4 inch thick. They are bit heavy for kids to move but easy for the average adult to lift up.

-- Rob, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada,

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#3 posted 11-16-2010 02:13 AM

The kids must love you for this.
It’s great.
Same idea could be a castle?

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 11-16-2010 06:36 AM

Really a cool idea. They look good, can’t wait to see them when they are completed. Are they just 3 sided?


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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