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Kids playhouse using recycled materials

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Building this cubby in sections and with recycled materials made it easier to transport and affordable for any budget.





The project


Built this kids playhouse using recycled materials. I used 90 x 35mm Pine but 70 x 35mm would also work well for the walls and roof frame. We built the walls and floor separate as we needed to transport the cubby in sections, and then we built and attached the roof. The roof pitch was 45 degrees, which made it easier when marking and cutting all the angles.


Make sure that all the edges are sanded well so the kids don't get splinters.




  • Pine 90 x 35mm or 70 x 35mm


  • Treated Pine plinth boards 150 x 25mm


  • Pine pallets 


  • Upcycled Pine floorboards


  • Colorbond roof and flashings


Don't be afraid to ask for timber offcuts or roofing materials at house job sites. It's a great way to recycle material that may otherwise end up in landfill.


How to build a pallet cubby house


Resident Bunnings D.I.Y. expert Mitchell 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 guide How to build a pallet cubby.




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By adding fence pickets, a slide, bell, chalkboard and sandpit member weekenddiyer turned a flatpack cubby into an impressive playhouse.




Pete built this bespoke cubby house featuring tongue-and-groove cladding, a custom picket fence and planter box. 




Find more great projects to build that can keep children happy and entertained for countless hours in our Top 10 most popular kids projects.


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