Hi again, It’s Amy from Hertoolbelt with another great build project. If you missed last weeks Small Open Shelf, check it out here. Today’s project is a fun playhouse frame reading nook for kids. The original idea is from: From Scandinavia With Love. I really like the Scandinavian style designs, they are minimalist with high impact. This playhouse frame is simple to build, yet so versatile. Use the frame as is, or throw a sheet over it for a cute fort.
How to Build a Playhouse Frame Reading Nook
The playhouse frame has been sized to fit around a crib mattress, to make a comfy reading area. If you don’t have a crib mattress, toss in blankets and pillows for a cozy nook. Here are the overall dimensions of the frame.
Tools needed to build the playhouse frame:
- Miter saw (or miter box with saw)
- Drill/drill bits
- Measuring tape
- Paint brush
(approximate lumber cost $14)
- 7 – 2 x 2’s x 8′ long (actual 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″)
- 2 1/2″ screws
- 3″ screws
- Paint & primer
- Wood filler – optional
The lengths are rough cuts, more detailed lengths and angles will be shown below.
|A||5||1 1/2″||1 1/2″||53″||Pine 2×2|
|B||2||1 1/2″||1 1/2″||28″||Pine 2×2|
|C||4||1 1/2″||1 1/2″||38″||Pine 2×2|
|D||2||1 1/2″||1 1/2″||22″||Pine 2×2|
|E||2||1 1/2″||1 1/2″||23 1/2″||Pine 2×2|
|F||1||1 1/2″||1 1/2″||11″||Pine 2×2|
|G||1||1 1/2″||1 1/2″||6 1/2″||Pine 2×2|
|H||1||1 1/2″||1 1/2″||6″||Pine 2×2|
Cut each board to length according to the cut list. Some of the boards have 45 degree angles that need to be cut with a miter saw.
Cut the 4 – C boards to 38″ and on one end cut a 45 degree angle.
Next we need to drill thru holes for the screws. These thru holes should be approximately the same diameter as your screw threads. This will help reduce splitting or cracking the wood. When drilling the thru holes, try to stagger the hole placement when 1 board is drilled in multiple directions, so the screws won’t hit each other. Use these diagrams as a reference.
Time for assembly. When assembling, you may have to drill pilot holes into the boards being attached, if the boards are splitting. To determine pilot hole size, the drill bit should be about the size of the screw shank, smaller than the threads.
With 2 1/2″ screws, attach 2 C boards to the ends of a B board. The tallest point on the C boards should be on the inside. Repeat for the other B, C boards.
Using 2 1/2″ screws, attach the E board to the top end of the D board. Attach the D-E boards to the top of the C boards using 3″ screws. Repeat for the other D-E boards.
Attach the 5 A boards to the BCDE frame using 2 1/2″ screws.
Assemble the chimney with 2 1/2″ screws.
Measure up from the edge of an E roof board about 4 3/4″. Attach the chimney to the roof with 3″ screws.
If desired, fill the screw holes and cracks with wood filler. When the wood filler is dry, sand smooth. Prime the wood with paint primer and allow to dry. Paint the playhouse frame with your favorite color and allow to fully dry.
**As a word of caution, remember that kids can be little monkeys. Please be sure to secure your playhouse to the floor, or up against a wall through a couple studs, with some long anchor screws, to make sure it stays in place while they play!!
You’re done, enjoy the new playhouse!
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