This step by step diy project is about free barn playhouse with porch plans. I have designed this 6×10 playhouse with front porch so you can build it in less than one week with common household tools and basic materials. This playhouse has a gambrel roof for unique charm and lots of windows, so you get a lot of light inside. 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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Barn Playhouse Plans
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- A – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 72″ long, 6 pieces – 117″long FLOOR
- B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 72″ long FLOORING
- C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 65″ long, 6 pieces – 57″ long BACK WALL
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 72″ long, 6 pieces – 57″ long, 2 pieces – 14 1/2″ long 2xSIDE WALL
- E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 65″ long, 8 pieces – 57″ long, 2 pieces – 46 1/2″ long, 3 pieces – 7″ long, 2 pieces – 27″ long, 4 pieces – 12″ long FRONT WALL
- F – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 36″x60″ long, 3 pieces – 48″x60″ long, 3 pieces – 24″x60″ long SIDING
- 6 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 10′
- 21 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 6′
- 39 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 6′
- 7 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 6d nails, 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
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- PART 1: Barn Playhouse Plans
- PART 2: Barn Playhouse Roof Plans
- PART 3: Barn Playhouse Railings Plans
How to build a 6×8 barn playhouse
The first step of the project is to build the floor frame for the barn playhouse. Cut the joists from 2×6 lumber. Align the edges flush and make sure the corners are square. Drill pilot holes through the rim joists and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Make sure the corners are square.
Fit the 2×6 decking to the floor frame. Align the 6′ slats and place a piece of 1/4″ plywood between them, to create even gaps. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws, to lock them into place tightly. Countersink the head of the screws for a professional result.
Build the front wall for the playhouse from 2×4 lumber. Cut the components at the right dimensions and then lay them on a level surface. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Make sure the corners are square. Fit the double header to the door opening. Use 2×4 lumber and 1/2″ plywood for the header. Frame the window openings by using 2×4 beams. Drill pocket holes at both ends and then secure them into place with 2 1/2″ screws.
Build the side walls for the playhouse from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. As you can notice in the plans, you have to frame the windows. You can adjust the size the windows to suit your needs.
Build the back wall frame for the children’s playhouse from 2×4 lumber. Cut the components at the right dimensions and then drill pilot holes through the plates. Insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure the studs into place tightly, every 24″ on center.
Fit the wall frames to the floor of the barn shed. Align the edges flush and use a spirit level to plumb them vertically. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly. Lock the adjacent wall together tightly with 2 1/2″ screws, after drilling pilot holes.
Fit the 1/2″ or 3/4″ plywood sheets to the back of the playhouse. Align the edges flush and leave no gaps between the sheets. Afterwards, you have to insert 6d nails to lock the sheets into place tightly. Insert the nails, every 8″ along the framing.
Fit the plywood sheets to the side walls of the playhouse, as well. Drill a starting hole and make the window opening with a jigsaw. Smooth the edges flush with sandpaper.
Fit the exterior wall sheets to the front of the playhouse, as well. As you can easily notice in the plans, you need to make cuts so you can fit the sheets around the door and window openings.
This barn playhouse features a large front porch that adds unique appeal to the project. You can build this 6×10 playhouse in a few days without much effort, using just household tools and materials you can find at any diy store.
This rustic playhouse with front porch makes for a great gift for your kids, as it will keep them entertained for hours, days, weeks, months and even years. Just look at the roof and at the other small details that really make this playhouse to stand out. And let me tell you a secret, this is extremely easy to build without making a hole in your budget. Check out PART 2 and PART 3 of the project.
This woodworking project was about barn playhouse 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.