8×8 Playhouse Plans

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This step by step diy project is about free 8×8 playhouse plans. I have designed this super simple gable playhouse with front porch, so you can surprise your kids with a wonderful gift. This playhouse is sturdy and easy to build. Read the local codes before starting the project, so you comply with the legal requirements. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration. Premium Plans for this project available in the Shop.

When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.

 

 

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8×8 Playhouse Plans

Building a 8x8 playhouse

Building a 8×8 playhouse

 

  • A – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 96″ long SKIDS
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 7 pieces – 93″ long 2xSIDE WALL
  • C – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long BACK WALL
  • D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 72″ long, 4 piece – 57″ long, 2 pieces – 34″ long, 2 pieces – 16″ long, 4 pieces – 22 1/2″ long 2xSIDE WALL
  • E – 2 pieces of 2×4 – 32 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 89″ long, 6 pieces – 57″ long, 8 pieces – 18 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 53 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 27″ long FRONT WALL
  • F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 89″ long, 5 pieces – 57″ long BACK WALL
  • G – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 56 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 96″ long POSTS

 One day

 

 

It’s that simple to build a large playhouse!

 

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Building a 8×8 playhouse

Building the floor frame

Building the floor frame

The first step of the project is to build the floor frame from 2×4 lumber. Cut the joists at the dimensions shown in the plans and then lay them on a level surface. Drill pilot holes through the perimeter joists and insert  3 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular joists. Make sure the edges are aligned and check if the corners are square. Place the joists every 16″ on center.

Fitting the skids

Fitting the skids

Fit the 4×4 skids under the floor frame and secure them into place with 5 1/2″ screws. The joists will lift the frame from the ground to protect it from the elements.

Fitting the floor sheets

Fitting the floor sheets

 

Select the location for the playhouse and then remove the vegetation layer. Level the surface with a spirit level. Attach 3/4″ plywood sheets to the floor frame and align the edges with attention. Leave no gaps between the sheets and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock them into place tightly.

Side wall frame

Side wall frame

The next step of the project is to build the side walls from 2×4 lumber. Cut all the components at the right dimensions, after taking accurate measurements. Make sure the edges are flush and check if the corners are square. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Fit the studs every 24″ on center. As you can see in the plans, you need to frame a small windows so you let the light in the playhouse.

Front wall frame

Front wall frame

Build the front wall for the playhouse. Cut the components at the right dimensions and then assemble the frames using the same techniques described above. Frame the front door opening to suit your needs.

Back wall frame

Back wall frame

Build the back wall frame using the same techniques described above.

Assembling the shed frame

Assembling the shed frame

Lay the frames to the floor of the playhouse, as shown in the plans. Align the edges with attention and plumb them with a spirit level. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the floor. Make sure the corners are square and lock the adjacent walls together with 2 1/2″ screws.

Front posts

Front posts

Use 4×4 lumber for the porch posts. Cut the components at the right dimensions and then lock them into place with 5″ screws. Make sure the corners are square.

Large playhouse plans

Large playhouse plans

Make sure you check PART 2 and PART 3 of the project so you learn how to build the roof and how to fit the decorative trims.

How to build a playhouse

How to build a playhouse

This is a basic playhouse you can build in one weekend with common tools and materials. Check out PART 2 of the project to learn more on how to build the lean to roof for the playhouse. Premium Plans for this project available in the Shop.

 

 

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10 Comments »

  1. Jessica Boyle at - Reply

    good afternoon

    can you email me the plans for this play house please I’m unable to download and print them

  2. Guillermo at - Reply

    I’m finding differences in lengths that seem to be wrong.
    For example,the floor is 96″x96″ but the back wall length plus the two side walls ends up in 97″ (89+2×4). And still the two side walls T1-11 sidings will add an additional 1 1/2″ (2 x 3/4″) making it 2 1/2″ wider than the floor.
    Also, the height of the walls is 61″ (59″+2×2″) while the height for the front porch is 1/2 inch shorter (56 1/2 + 4).
    Are these dimensions correct and I’m missing something?
    Thanks!!
    Guillermo

  3. Andrea OBRIEN at - Reply

    Just to Clarify, the items listed above from A to G PLUS the items below are all needed ??
    I am unsure if its a summary underneath G or if those items are in addition to. Would like to clarify that, thanks

    • Ovidiu at - Reply

      A to G is the Cut list (how to cut what you bought). The other list is the Shopping list (what you need to buy).

  4. liza at - Reply

    hi I will be trying to do this house on my own no experience or anything I will use the instructions just as explained. I will probably only do the framing of the house I’m not sure about the roof portion but I guess I will see if I’m up to trying to figure that out as well. Would you be able to tell me what might be the estimate of all the wood I will potentially be purchasing. I have a 7 year old and one that is about to turn 1 next week 🙂 I will love to be able to actually pull this off.

    • Ovidiu at - Reply

      500 bucks maybe? You have the shopping lists. For spot on estimates you should use that and the local lumber costs.

  5. Tyler at - Reply

    What is the final height to peak of roof? My HOA has requirement of less than 8’.
    Thanks,
    Tyler

    • Ovidiu at - Reply

      it’s 7 ft

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