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Converting Your Old Shed Into A Playhouse


Your new shed has just arrived! It’s time to get right down to work transferring all of your tools, gardening supplies, and other items from your old shed to your new one. But once you finish cleaning out your old shed, you might wonder, “What should I do with it?” One idea is to turn it into a playhouse for your children or grandchildren to enjoy.

Dress Up the Walls

Painting the interior walls of the playhouse is a great way to make it a cheerful place to be. The kids can choose the paint as well as help with the painting work. If you would rather not paint the shed’s walls, the kids can hang up posters, prints, and their own artwork. You can avoid making nail holes in your shed walls by using tape or adhesive strips to hang the art. Don’t forget a sign that says “Kids Only” for the door!

Lighting Up the Playhouse

A shed with windows will let in natural light during the day. In the evening, a few LED portable lanterns can supply light to kids who want to keep on playing. LED lanterns produce very little heat and can safely illuminate your kids’ playhouse for an evening board game, crafts, or even an exciting round of ghost stories. I like the idea of having LED lanterns the kids can use to make their way back through the dark yard to the house after play time is over.

Decorate the Floor

You don’t have to go to the carpet store to buy a brand-new area rug for the kids’ playhouse. Visit a secondhand furniture store or go to a flea market to find a gently used area rug in a size that’s perfect for the shed. As long as you make sure it’s clean and free of damage, it will provide a soft surface for the kids to move around on. Look for one with a zigzag pattern, stripes, or elaborate shapes. This adds more excitement to the décor of the playhouse.

Give Your Windows Some Flair

There are plenty of ways to give some flair to the windows of a shed/playhouse. Hanging curtains with a design featuring a favorite superhero or cartoon character is one idea. Decorative window film is easy to apply and instantly makes a plain window more interesting. Also, stringing LED lights around the border of the windows is a creative way to make the space appealing to kids.

A Few Items to Add to the Fun

The best thing about a playhouse is it’s a space for kids only. You could put a low table in the middle of the space for games and let the kids bring in their favorite beanbag chairs and pillows. The kids can have a CD player to play the type of music they like. Putting in a small refrigerator for snacks and drinks is another way to make it a great place for kids. A small bookshelf in one corner can hold board games, crayons, puzzles, paper, scissors, glue, stencils, and other items kids can play with. These things make any playhouse even more comfortable and inviting to little ones.

Get creative and make your old shed into the most popular spot in your neighborhood! Thanks for reading. – Alan

Alan Bernau Jr

Alan Bernau Jr. is the founder and owner of Alan’s Factory Outlet. He has helped more than 50,000 homeowners design and install custom carports and garages over the last 20 years.

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