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The Ultimate Collection
of Free DIY Outdoor
Playset Plans
Check out the post on our blog
to get an updated version with
even more plans! View it here.
There are plenty of different playhouses
and backyard playground sets to choose
from in the stores today, but sometimes it...
Building a playset for your child or
children brings with it many benefits
•

They’re scalable
à
so you can add extra feat...
Building a playset for your child or
children brings with it many benefits
They can be customized to fit within
your space...
But the main thing that you
need to think about when it
comes to these kinds of
custom playsets is the pride
and satisfact...
If your children are old
enough, you may even
want to have them
help you with the
building process –
you’ll need all the h...
1

Buildeazy Play Fort

•

This is a pretty cool
little fort/hut that
has an attached
tire swing, and
slide. 

http://www....
2

Playhouse with Climbing wall

These plans elaborate on how to add a
climbing wall structure to the fort above,
which re...
3

The Wendy House

Check out this fort
made with girls in
mind, featuring a
stylish front porch
area and a feminine
touch...
4

 Eccentric Playhouse
•

•

•

Here’s another one for the girls,
with a creative shape that looks like
something out of ...
5

Coolforts.com

Coolforts has a couple
impressive set of plans
and instructions for

military / fantasy /
frontier style...
6
•

Double decker playhouse

From DIY Network, this
fort is pretty large, and
definitely requires a

lot of time and
skil...
6
•

•

Double decker playhouse

Recruit one of your
friends, or get that lazy
teenage son of yours to
help.
If you can pu...
7

$100 Scrapwood
Playhouse
This was a toss up on
whether or not to include
here. On one hand,
here’s an example of

what ...
7

$100 Scrapwood
Playhouse
However, it’s a great
creative effort that was
done for super cheap
using a lot of household
l...
8

How to put together a play for

A great series of
videos by carpentry
and woodworking
expert Ron Hazelton
on how to ass...
9

Two story fort and playhouse

A very nice looking,
double-decker
fort/playhouse.
Would be really neat to
build this one...
10

Raised fort

This is an
exceptional fort,
crafted with raised
legs that elevate it off
the ground by about
six feet.
I...
10

Raised fort

This plan by is very
well documented,
and could easily be
extended to include
a number of
optional
access...
11

Log Cabin Playhouse

A rustic, and very well
put together playhouse
made from logs.
Would be a perfect
addition to the...
12

The “Squarris Wheel”

Feeling a bit more
adventuresome?

http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plan...
12

The “Squarris Wheel”
This ferris wheel type of
playset features four
spots for your kids to sit
in, and a design that
...
13

Simple see-saw
Perhaps you need an
additional feature for your
backyard playground.
This easy to follow set of
instruc...
14

Swinging see-saw 

If you like the simple see-saw, but want
something a with a little more style, try
this swinging ve...
15

Tree house plans

Good ol’ Ron Hazeton comes through
again.
What can’t this guy build?
----- > I think every kid dream...
16

Homemade wooden playhous

Ehow brings us this
outline explaining how
to build a sturdy
wooden play structure
using 2x4...
17
•

•

The adventure tower

This unique structure
offers tons of options
for playing,
swinging, and
climbing around.
Kid...
18

Biggest play fort ever
•

Here’s an
exceptional
example of
dedication and
pride of
craftsmanship.

http://www.totalpla...
18

Biggest play fort ever
This structure has it
all, from a zipline, to
multiple rooms/levels
inside the fort,
swings, an...
19

Adding a playground slide to a

If you have the inkling to build a basic four
post playset, then why not follow these
...
20

Landscaping pole playhouse
Built using round
landscaping poles,
this version can be
expanded or slimmed
down to your n...
21
•

How to build a DIY playset
with tower

Kelly of “View
along the way”
provides a great
outline that’s welldocumented,...
22
•

•

Outdoor playset plans

My Outdoor
Playset has a
very well put
together guide to
building your own
fort.
They incl...
23

Firehouse playset
•

A unique twist on the
normal four post playset,
this structure resembles a
firehouse, which is su...
24

Market style playset

Do your kids have an
entrepreneurial spirit?
When I was little, I
remember “borrowing”
most of t...
25

How to build an outdoor
playset of your dreams
The name says it all.
This is a fairly large,
multi-section fort
connec...
26

The Pallet Playhouse

Perhaps you don’t have
the time or money to
build something like the
“dream” playset above.
Afte...
26
•

•

The Pallet Playhouse

Well, feast your
eyes on the pallet
playhouse, a
structure that looks
more like a chicken
c...
27

Cardboard playhouse

Let’s get down to the
basics.
•
When I was a kid,
the best thing about
getting a new
appliance wa...
27

Cardboard playhouse
•

We’ll end this list with

the cheapest DIY
playhouse you can
build – the cardboard
one.
•
This ...
28
•

•

Deluxe playhouse

DIY Network comes
through again, with
very detailed
instructions on how to
build a deluxe
playh...
•
•

There you have it!
With these resources, you should
be able to pull together a great
playset for your children.

http...
Don’t forget that once built, you
can customize it in all sorts of ways;
make it your own by adding swings,
climbing walls...
Browse our collection of residential
playground equipment to get more
ideas.
See more
http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog...
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  1. 1. The Ultimate Collection of Free DIY Outdoor Playset Plans
  2. 2. Check out the post on our blog to get an updated version with even more plans! View it here.
  3. 3. There are plenty of different playhouses and backyard playground sets to choose from in the stores today, but sometimes it is actually better to build this kind of thing on your own. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  4. 4. Building a playset for your child or children brings with it many benefits • They’re scalable à so you can add extra features à like slides, swings, climbing walls, and more as your kids develop. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  5. 5. Building a playset for your child or children brings with it many benefits They can be customized to fit within your space. They often cost less than a complete, all-in-one kit. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  6. 6. But the main thing that you need to think about when it comes to these kinds of custom playsets is the pride and satisfaction that comes along with building something unique and fun for your family.  http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  7. 7. If your children are old enough, you may even want to have them help you with the building process – you’ll need all the help you can get with some of these projects. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  8. 8. 1 Buildeazy Play Fort • This is a pretty cool little fort/hut that has an attached tire swing, and slide.  http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  9. 9. 2 Playhouse with Climbing wall These plans elaborate on how to add a climbing wall structure to the fort above, which reminds me of a tree house, minus the tree. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  10. 10. 3 The Wendy House Check out this fort made with girls in mind, featuring a stylish front porch area and a feminine touch that most playsets lack. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  11. 11. 4  Eccentric Playhouse • • • Here’s another one for the girls, with a creative shape that looks like something out of Alice in Wonderland. It’s a whimsical design that’s would delight any young girl with an active imagination. It definitely requires a bit more experience, with some very long and angular cuts best handled with a mitre saw. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  12. 12. 5 Coolforts.com Coolforts has a couple impressive set of plans and instructions for military / fantasy / frontier style forts, available in PDF downloadable format. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  13. 13. 6 • Double decker playhouse From DIY Network, this fort is pretty large, and definitely requires a lot of time and skill. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  14. 14. 6 • • Double decker playhouse Recruit one of your friends, or get that lazy teenage son of yours to help. If you can pull it off, the payoff would result in a giant fort that provides tons of fun for your kids. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  15. 15. 7 $100 Scrapwood Playhouse This was a toss up on whether or not to include here. On one hand, here’s an example of what NOT to do when building a fort, unless you like mixing splinters and possible structural collapse with http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  16. 16. 7 $100 Scrapwood Playhouse However, it’s a great creative effort that was done for super cheap using a lot of household leftovers You be the judge. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  17. 17. 8 How to put together a play for A great series of videos by carpentry and woodworking expert Ron Hazelton on how to assemble your own fort. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  18. 18. 9 Two story fort and playhouse A very nice looking, double-decker fort/playhouse. Would be really neat to build this one as a tree house. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  19. 19. 10 Raised fort This is an exceptional fort, crafted with raised legs that elevate it off the ground by about six feet. It features a secret trap door for a secret entrance, and a ramp http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/ that extends
  20. 20. 10 Raised fort This plan by is very well documented, and could easily be extended to include a number of optional accessories and features. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  21. 21. 11 Log Cabin Playhouse A rustic, and very well put together playhouse made from logs. Would be a perfect addition to the backyard of your vacation cabin. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  22. 22. 12 The “Squarris Wheel” Feeling a bit more adventuresome? http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  23. 23. 12 The “Squarris Wheel” This ferris wheel type of playset features four spots for your kids to sit in, and a design that takes safety into account, which is a good thing! http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  24. 24. 13 Simple see-saw Perhaps you need an additional feature for your backyard playground. This easy to follow set of instructions lays out how to build a simple see-saw that’s safe and fun to use http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  25. 25. 14 Swinging see-saw  If you like the simple see-saw, but want something a with a little more style, try this swinging version. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  26. 26. 15 Tree house plans Good ol’ Ron Hazeton comes through again. What can’t this guy build? ----- > I think every kid dreams of having a mini-fort/house to escape to in a tree, and this great outlines in great detail everything you need to build a safe tree house. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  27. 27. 16 Homemade wooden playhous Ehow brings us this outline explaining how to build a sturdy wooden play structure using 2x4s and some plywood. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  28. 28. 17 • • The adventure tower This unique structure offers tons of options for playing, swinging, and climbing around. Kids will love the unique design, which both looks good and is highly functional. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  29. 29. 18 Biggest play fort ever • Here’s an exceptional example of dedication and pride of craftsmanship. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  30. 30. 18 Biggest play fort ever This structure has it all, from a zipline, to multiple rooms/levels inside the fort, swings, and much more. An incredible playset that must have taken a long time to create. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  31. 31. 19 Adding a playground slide to a If you have the inkling to build a basic four post playset, then why not follow these instructions to add a slide to the unit? It’s an easy way to enhance the structure and provide more fun for the kiddos. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  32. 32. 20 Landscaping pole playhouse Built using round landscaping poles, this version can be expanded or slimmed down to your needs and features a crawl tunnel connecting the two units. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  33. 33. 21 • How to build a DIY playset with tower Kelly of “View along the way” provides a great outline that’s welldocumented, showing how to build a playset with a tower. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  34. 34. 22 • • Outdoor playset plans My Outdoor Playset has a very well put together guide to building your own fort. They include great images and http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/ instructions to
  35. 35. 23 Firehouse playset • A unique twist on the normal four post playset, this structure resembles a firehouse, which is sure to get your kids’ imaginations going. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  36. 36. 24 Market style playset Do your kids have an entrepreneurial spirit? When I was little, I remember “borrowing” most of the fruit and veggies from my parents fridge, and hocking them by the side of the road from a Fisher Price table. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  37. 37. 25 How to build an outdoor playset of your dreams The name says it all. This is a fairly large, multi-section fort connected by a narrow bridge up high. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  38. 38. 26 The Pallet Playhouse Perhaps you don’t have the time or money to build something like the “dream” playset above. After all, you still need to buy that of Busch for the weekend. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  39. 39. 26 • • The Pallet Playhouse Well, feast your eyes on the pallet playhouse, a structure that looks more like a chicken coop. This plan, while very basic, offers at least a basic foundation http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  40. 40. 27 Cardboard playhouse Let’s get down to the basics. • When I was a kid, the best thing about getting a new appliance wasn’t the number of BTUs it put off, or the the amount of cubic freezer storage. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/ •
  41. 41. 27 Cardboard playhouse • We’ll end this list with the cheapest DIY playhouse you can build – the cardboard one. • This is actually a great guide, with solid instructions on how to create not just http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/ a playhouse, but a
  42. 42. 28 • • Deluxe playhouse DIY Network comes through again, with very detailed instructions on how to build a deluxe playhouse. They include a set of  PDF plans as well. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  43. 43. • • There you have it! With these resources, you should be able to pull together a great playset for your children. http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  44. 44. Don’t forget that once built, you can customize it in all sorts of ways; make it your own by adding swings, climbing walls, fire poles, telescopes, and much more. Visit http://www.totalplaygrounds.com for all your playground equipment needs http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
  45. 45. Browse our collection of residential playground equipment to get more ideas. See more http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-fr http://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/
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