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8×8 Playhouse Railings Building Plans

by Ovidiu


This step by step diy project is about playhouse railings and trims plans. This is PART 3 of the 8×8 playhouse project, where I show you how to build the railings for the porch and how to fit the decorative trims. The front porch railings will add an unique and appealing charm to the project and make it stand out. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.

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. See all my Premium Plans HERE.



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8×8 Playhouse Railings Building Plans




Cut & Shopping Lists

  • L – 8 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 60″ long, 2 pieces – 96″ long, 2 pieces – 30 1/4″ long, 8 pieces – 16″ long, 8 pieces – 21″ long, 1 piece – 93 ” long, 2 pieces – 92″ long TRIMS
  • L – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 33″ long, 1 piece – 55″ long JAMBS
  • M – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 28″ long, 2 pieces – 50″ long, 1 piece – 23″ long, 1 piece of 1/2″ plywood – 28″x55″ long DOOR
  • N – 8 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 24″ long, 2 pieces – 32″ long, 2 pieces – 29″ long, 2 pieces – 21 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 18 1/4″ long, 16 pieces – 21″” long RAILINGS


 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level

 Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses


 One day




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How to build playhouse railings



Build the door panels from 1/2″ plywood (the panel that you have cut out in the previous steps). Use 1×3 lumber for the trims. Align the edges flush and use 1″ brad nails to assemble the door.

Fitting the door jambs

Fitting the door jambs

Attach the 1×3 trims around the door opening. Align the edges flush and insert 2″ nails to lock them into place tightly.

Fitting the door

Fitting the door

Fit the door into place and align the edges flush. Use hinges to lock the door into place tightly. Install a latch to lock the door into place.

Side wall - trims

Side wall – trims

Fit the 1×3 trims to the sides of the playhouse. Align the edges flush and insert 2″ nails every 8″ along the framing, to lock them into place tightly. Fit the window to the opening and then attach the decorative trims.

Back wall - trims

Back wall – trims

Fit the trims to the back of the playhouse. Align the edges flush and then insert 2″ nails to lock them into place tightly.

Front trims

Front trims

Fit  the decorative trims to the front of the playhouse.



Use 2×2 lumber for the railing panels. Drill pilot holes through the top rails and then insert 2 1/2″ screws into the end posts. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the bottom rail and then secure it to the end posts with 2 1/2″ screws. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the balusters and then secure them into place with 2 1/2″ screws. Place a wood block between the balusters to create even gaps between them.

Fitting the railings

Fitting the railings

Fit the railing panels to the front porch and then secure them into place with screws. Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws to lock them together tightly. Use a spirit level to plumb the panels, for a professional result.

Playhouse Building Plans

Playhouse Building Plans

Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood putty and then smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of paint or stain to enhance the look of the project and to protect the components from decay.

This playhouse is easy to build, sturdy and it has a nice design.The gable style roof is rustic and has a super charming appeal. Check out PART 1 of the project to lean how to build the frame of the playhouse and PART 2 to learn how to build the gable roof.



This woodworking project was about playhouse railings and trims plans free. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions to obtain a professional result.







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Guillermo -

Very nice project. By chance, do have a rough idea of which might the weight of this finished house be? I’m planning to build it over a platform mounted on a tree for my grandson.

Ovidiu -

No, I have no idea.


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