Installing a cubby house is a great way to add some character to the backyard and another space for the kids to have some fun. Learn some top tips before you start!
There are plenty of options to buy a complete setup, but if you fancy a bit of a challenge that the kids can get involved with as well, then building your own cubby house could be the way to go. To take a bit of the guesswork out of the DIY project, the team at Kennards Hire has come up with a few tips to help you get started:
- Before you build the cubby house write down a list of priorities to help you develop the ideal set up.
- Consider how often it will be used, how many kids will be playing in it and how long you intend to keep the cubby house. This will leave you with a clearer indication of what’s best for your family and yard, so you don’t end up with a cubby house that goes unused.
- Cubby houses can be a great family heirloom and last for decades if made with the right materials. Consider using wood over plastic or textile materials as it will last a lot longer and serve you well into the future.
- A popular choice is treated pine which lasts for years due to its ability to prevent decay from insects, pests, rot and fungus.
- Think about sight lines before you begin and make sure you will be able to see the kids from the house, preferably from where you spend most of the time.
- Position the cubby house at a slight angle in the yard so the kids get some privacy but you can still check on them with a quick glance so you don’t miss any accidents.
- Choose an area for the cubby house where the kids won’t need to go near the street, as there is always the danger of passing traffic. If it is unavoidable, think about building a fence to separate the play area from the street.
- If the cubby house is elevated, install handrails and D-loops on ladders to prevent kids from falling backwards.
- Make sure the cubby house is appropriate for the age of the kids; if they are 5 years or younger it’s wise to build a simple design close to the ground that’s easy to manage. As they get older you can build up or add in extra features that allow for more activities and fun.
- Check your cubby house frequently for unwanted visitors like bees, wasps, spiders & snakes.
- Be mindful not to leave any dangerous edges, exposed nails, screws or particularly splintery pieces of timber that the kids could injure themselves on.
Kennards Hire have a range of equipment to assist in any DIY projects and their expert team can offer the right advice to make your job easy. Visit www.kennardshire.com.au for their range of tools and equipment.