Sarah Oxley is a home crafts enthusiast and former teacher, who has experience in keeping little ones entertained and occupied. She has kindly written the following guide on how to build a treehouse on behalf of Shutters Direct, providers of quality wooden shutters.
I might pass this guide on to Bird and see if he fancies playing Bob the Builder for a day and building the children a treehouse. They would be beyond excited at having their own treehouse in our garden! I would of course help out when the time came to decorate and furnish the inside.
Treehouses are great fun. That’s a fact just like the sky is blue. You can ask any of your children for confirmation if you don’t believe me. The joy of a treehouse is not only having one and being able to play in one, but also the process of building one. Another thing you can check with your kids. While you want your kids to enjoy themselves outside this Summer, there’s also the concern of their safety. Here are some useful tips on how to create a fun (and safe) treehouse.
The question of where to build the treehouse is a more complex one than you may first think. Build it in a tree is true, but not helpful, as it all depends on what kind of trees you have in your garden. If you have a large tree with a large crown and several strong branches to support the floor of the treehouse, then you’re good to go. If you’re not that lucky, you will have to be a bit more creative. Often you can find two or three medium sized trees which are growing close together. The trunks of these trees can be tied together and used as the base for the treehouse, with said house resting among the trunks and branches. If you have no suitable trees in your garden, then you can still have a treehouse by building your own construct and having it resting atop of wooden stilts.
For the material, pine wooden planks work well as they are strong and cheaper than some of the other wood types out there. It’s best to varnish them first to protect them from the weather. Using eye-bolts with round washers is the simplest way to build both the base and the walls of the treehouse, just be sure to pre-drill the eye holes. Metal brackets (known as box brackets) are good to ensure that the house is stable, as well as cables to give it extra support.
It’s good to involve your children in the design as much as possible. Having several exits is a good idea, so consider adding a main entrance with a wooden ladder, and a secret entrance within the floor of the treehouse with a rope ladder. This is not only a cool entrance but acts as an emergency exit, too. Windows are another must for a cool treehouse, and a ladder could be attached to one of them as an alternative to the secret entrance. The heat of Summer can be a bit much even from within a cool treehouse, so to make sure that it stay scool, consider adding some wooden shutters to the windows. This will also help keep the rain and animals out.
Once the outside is done, it’s time to let your children take the lead with the interior design. To give them some inspiration, here are some treehouse accessory ideas.
Add some activity areas, such as a desk made out of old wooden crates (or a small coffee table you no longer want), a blackboard, a reading area consisting of a beanie bag and a storage box for comics, books and puzzles. Use tape to line out a canvas on one of the walls and make your own portrait for the home. Once you’re tired of it you can paint over it with white, and start again.
This is a sponsored guest post, but I think it’s a fabulous idea to make your own treehouse for your children.