DIY: 6 Tips for Building a Treehouse

Every child wants a treehouse, and that is a fact. It can be their second home where they can make great memories thaat will last a lifetime. Owning a treehouse will also motivate your little ones to spend more time outdoors, which in these modern times with all the smartphones and gadgets is more important than ever. With their personal playhouse in the yard, they will be able to enjoy the fresh air and take part in various physical activities such as climbing, swinging, or jumping. If you didn’t have a treehouse as a kid, building one will also help you to reconnect with your inner child and have some not-so-adult fun with your little ones. When building such a structure, there are a few things you need to take into consideration. Check out this guide and avoid common pitfalls. 


Choose the Right Tree

Take a look at your backyard and see what type of treehouse you can build for your kids. If you only have one large tree, you can build it around it with added support. On the other hand, if you have multiple trees, you can secure a playhouse between them. In either case, you need to make sure that the tree you choose is strong, healthy, and able to fully support the treehouse. If possible, consult your local arborist who can determine which tree will do the best job. They can also let you know how that tree will evolve over time, so you know what to expect. 

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Create a Plan and Gather the Necessary Materials

Before you get started on your project, make sure you take all the measurements, create a detailed plan and get your children’s input, too. After all, this will be their piece of heaven, so they should be involved in the planning. When you have a complete plan determine which tools you will need, and place them at the site of your tree. Having everything you need within close reach will save you a lot of trouble.

Keep Indoor Temperatures Under Control

Your children will use their treehouse mostly in the summer, so you want to ensure that it doesn’t get too hot in there. Use foil insulation to prevent the summer hot from entering the structure. You can install it on the inside or the outside of the treehouse.

Add Fun Elements

A treehouse isn’t just four walls and a roof, it can be the basis for a large playground, as well. When building the playhouse, do not forget to add additions such as slides, bridges, nets, fire poles, or even zip lines if you have the space. 

Don’t Forget About the Seating 

Of course, your kids won’t spend the entire time in the treehouse standing up. Therefore, do not forget to add comfortable seating to the playhouse. You can choose the simplest option and just throw a couple of large pillows around, or add a hammock. If you are willing to do some more building, you can make benches or chairs for the treehouse. Make sure that all the furniture pieces are secured in order to prevent any accidents.

Finishing Touches Make all the Difference

When your treehouse is complete, add the finishing touches and make this place unique. If your kids love playing pirates or enjoy being princesses, use themed pieces to turn your treehouse into a ship or a castle. Other elements such as doorknobs, lighting, wall signs, chalkboards, and even greenery can make all the difference and take things to a whole new level.

Building a treehouse is an amazing project, especially if your little ones love playing outdoors. Follow these tips, create an amazing playhouse for your kids, and start creating some fun memories.

Author - Aleksandra Djurdjevic
Aleksandra Djurdjevic          

Senior Content Creator

Aleksandra Djurdjevic is a senior writer and editor, covering jewelry, accessories, and trends. She’s also works with services, home décor. She has previously worked as ESL teacher for English Tochka. Aleksandra graduated from the Comparative Literature department at the Faculty of Philosophy in Serbia. Aleksandra’s love for the environment, crafts and natural products over the years helps her continue to be a top expert at Wooden Earth.


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