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What to look for in a Playhouse

Submitted by on March 1, 2012 – 2:28 pmNo Comment

Spring has certainly sprung and I am currently in the process of cleaning out the boys playhouse here at The Mad House after a winter unused.   There are many different types and styles of playhouses, it can be something of a mind field to choose the right one for you.  Most children love playhouses and want a place to call their own.  Whether you are looking for a small portable playhouse or a giant Victorian mansion, there are a number of companies that sell a wide variety of playhouses for your children.  Working windows, porches, window boxes, bookshelves, and skylights are just some of the features that the modern-day playhouse provides.  You really need to think about how long your children will use the playhouse for, where you will put it and how much money you want to spend.

So with this in mind we have put together a list of pro’s and cons for currently types of playhouses.


  • Pro’s: Wooden playhouses are sturdy and often larger than other types and will last well if treated correctly.  They are great as unisex play areas. They can be customized.
  • Cons: Can be expensive, they need assembling.  They also require more upkeep and cleaning than other types of playhouses.


  • Pro’s: Easy assembly, come in a variety of styles, durable and long lasting.
  • Cons: Often only designed for toddlers, so on the smallish side and colour can fade.


  • Pro’s: perfect for small spaces as they can be taken down easily. Less expensive
  • Cons: You have to assemble them each time your child wants to play, they are lightweight and can blow about if windy.

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