Kids love to play pretend and go on make-believe adventures. A backyard playset can be easily turned into a castle and the setting for some truly epic capers. If you have some kids at home, why not foster that sense of creativity and imagination? A treehouse is a dreamy and exciting play area that all children will love.
There are many styles that you can build that fit into nearly any yard and budget. Let the kids help out with building by personalizing it and choosing some of the features. The construction process can be an amazing way to spend some quality time together and will provide you with fun memories to last a lifetime. Here are just a few ideas to spark your plans, but the options are endless.
Build a Fairy House
Any treehouse is already a dream come true for a kid, but you can make it truly spectacular with a fun and lighthearted design. A fairy house is just the thing to make your little ones feel like they too have a touch of magic. Work with the structure of the tree to make the building look as natural as possible. You can plant or hang some fake moss and vines to partially hide it from view and decorate it with plenty of brightly colored flowers. Fairy lights would be the finishing touch to make the whole thing sparkle. Consider installing a solar power system to run the lights and any other gadgets that your little fairies may desire.
Incorporate a Playset
Make your kids’ treehouse a place of inspiration and fun by adding it to the layout of a playset. A swing set is even more exciting when it has a treehouse fort attached to one side. You can even add a slide as a way to exit the treehouse. The best part about setting up a playset in this way is that you don't actually need to build it into a tree. If your yard isn't equipped with the right kind of tree, then this could be the perfect solution.
Keep It Classic
A standard treehouse up in branches is a welcome retreat for playtime and secret meetings. Nothing overly fancy is needed for kids to have a great time. Build a sturdy fort with a few windows and space for sleepovers and movie nights. A rope ladder is a perfect way to enter and exit this type of treehouse. And don't forget the "No Grownups Allowed" sign to complete the image.
Construct a Castle
Your design can be as elaborate as you want it to be. If you have space, why not make your kids a literal castle in the sky? A few little adjustments to a standard design and you can have turrets and towers that provide the space for all kinds of prince and princess imaginings. A coat of paint will add some extra detail. If possible, you can even include a small moat around the base of the tree to keep the castle safe. A really fun touch would be a working drawbridge to use as the door.
Make a Sky City
If you are lucky enough to have multiple trees set out in your yard, then why stop at one treehouse? You could build a few smaller structures in different trees and connect them with a safely enclosed walking bridge for added excitement. You kids will surely love spending time in their little treehouse town with their friends. They may never even want to come down!
Sail Away on a Ship
Another cute design would be a play on a pirate ship. You can build this up in the trees, or simply adjacent to them. A ship is a great place for some escapades and can inspire hours of play.
The process of building and decorating a treehouse can be something that is enjoyable for the whole family. And once it's finished, your children will have a safe and exciting place to spend their afternoons and weekends. You may even be jealous and want a turn in the treehouse yourself.