I decided on a whim to build my boys a cubby house completely from scratch and without any plans. I've made it in a way that's completely adaptable, so we're able to expand it as my boys grow up. For now, I've added a steering wheel, telescope, a couple of handles and a rock climbing wall – all picked up for free, which is even better. My boys absolutely love this cubby and play in it every chance they get.
I built the cubby completely from heat treated pallet pine using 50mm and 60mm decking screws and 70mm galvanised buggle head screws. Use hardwood in your cubby build since it will be outside, and be careful using chemically treated timber in any kids play equipment.
How to build a cubby house using pallet timber
Resident Bunnings D.I.Y. expert Mitch has put together a step-by-step guide to building a fantastic cubby using recycled timber pallets. It has an additional shop and can be built over a few weekends for minimal cost. Follow the guideHow to build a pallet cubby.
Other D.I.Y. cubby house projects
Workshop member woodalwaysworks described the cubby built for their son as an 'open project', changing over time as the kids grow older. The shop and mud kitchen downstairs are "forever changing", a steering wheel and binoculars were later added, a cargo net replaced the climbing wall and space was kept for swings and rope ladders.
You can just imagine how excited Pete’s kids must have been when they received this gorgeous bespoke cubby house for Christmas. It features tongue-and-groove cladding, a custom picket fence and even a planter box. Pete says the girls play in it "rain, hail or shine" and love the external blackboard wall.
With a nine year old and three year old, Tara needed to consider heights and features safe enough for both in her cubby build. Inspired by Marty’s project and with his expert advice, Tara built this impressive two-storey cubby house using recycled pallet timber and Merbau decking boards, complete with telescope, steering wheel and slide.
Mitchell saved eight pallets from landfill to build this impressive cubby.
Workshop member Mikezoom61 contributed his work-in-progress cubby to the discussion, with plans to finish the railings and add a slide to the right.