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Can A Playhouse Be Used As A Playset, And Vice Versa?

April 10, 2023 3 min read

Can A Playhouse Be Used As A Playset, And Vice Versa?

A playhouse and a playset are two different things.

A playhouse is a small house or structure where children can play and pretend while a playset is a structure with swings slides and other features for children to play on.

While a playhouse may have some features that resemble a playset it is not designed for active play like a playset is.

However it is possible to build a DIY playset that includes a playhouse as one of its features.

When building or moving a playset it is important to consider the surface underneath it to ensure safety.

What Are Some Common Materials Used To Build A Playhouse Or Playset?

Common materials used to build a playhouse or playset include:

  • Cedar shakes for a natural and premium look
  • Plywood for the walls which is quick and easy for beginners
  • Metal for the roof which has good longevity and is cost-effective
  • Wood for the base frame which can be used for both playhouses and swing sets
  • Other types of wood such as cedar redwood or pressure-treated lumber

How Do You Maintain And Clean A Playhouse Or Playset?

To maintain and clean a playhouse or playset you can follow these steps:

  • Check for any signs of deterioration in ropes cables and chains and replace them if necessary
  • Clear the playhouse of any toys debris or food
  • Wear latex gloves and use a garden hose and bucket to clean the playset with warm water and natural cleaning solution
  • Rinse the playset with the garden hose
  • Apply a sealant to the playset to protect it from the elements

What Age Range Are Playhouses And Playsets Designed For?

Playhouses and playsets are designed for different age ranges.

Plastic playhouses are suitable for children as young as 2 years old while wooden playsets are recommended for ages 3 to 10.

Playhouses for younger children (1-4 years) are typically lightweight and easy to move around while those for older children (5-8 years) are more spacious and entertaining.

It is important to check the description or box of a playhouse or playset to determine whether it is suitable for your child’s age group.

Are There Any Safety Regulations Or Guidelines To Follow When Building A Playhouse Or Playset?

Yes there are safety regulations and guidelines to follow when building a playhouse or playset.

The CPSC has developed the Handbook for Public Playground Safety to address hazards associated with public playgrounds.

Some states have adopted CPSC and ASTM Standards and some state licensing requirements across Departments of Health and Human Services Child Care Licensing and Park.

It is important to consider the safety surfaces materials and design of the playset.

The National Program for Playground Safety reports that only 3% of public playgrounds assessed had full sun protection from 10 a.m.

to 2 p.m. peak exposure hours while 30% .

Can A Playhouse Or Playset Be Customized To Include Specific Features Or Themes?

Yes playhouses and playsets can be customized to include specific features or themes.

Some pre-purchased features that can be added to a DIY playground include slides steering wheels rock walls monkey bars swing sets tire swings tree swings and more.

Playhouses can also be designed to include specific features such as tunnels enclosed areas and themed designs.

It is important to consider safety and regular maintenance when designing and building a customized playset or playhouse.

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