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Posted on Aug 22, 2012

Playhouse Guide

Playhouse Guide

Looking to buy a new playhouse to go outside in your backyard?

Since you could be spending a few hundred dollars on this purchase, make sure you do your homework before you go shopping.

Here’s a few things you need to decide before you can buy your little one their first home.

Wood vs Plastic

There’s no denying that the wooden playhouses are much easier on the eye, and likely to blend with the rest of your backyard.

And if they start to look faded or tatty, you can give a new lease of life with a lick of paint.

On the other hand, plastic playhouses are much easier to clean and maintain, and you can protect from the weather by dismantaling and storing over the Winter months.

Open Plan vs Cosy Cottage

Some playhouses are designed to look just like real homes, with enclosed walls and small windows.

This makes for a realistic play experience, but it can make the inside of the playhouse dark and uninviting, while making it difficult for you to see what your kids are doing.

You can get models with a more open design, with side pillars instead of walls, or really big windows.

This makes the house less realistic, but your children may be happier in this better lit environment, and you may feel more comfortable being able to keep a close eye on them.

Neutral vs Gender Specific

If you have a little girl it may be tempting to go all out and by a bright pink cottage covered in hearts.

While this can make your daughter giddy with excitement, consider that any boy-friends who come to play may not appreciate the decor, and since the color is gender-specific, this narrows down your market should you wish to sell it on at a later date.

Shopping For Backyard Playhouses

Buying online is a great way to shop for your new playhouse.

If you go to large online retailers, you can read the customer feedback left for each product to get an idea if this is the right toy for you.

You can also have this bulky item delievered right to your home, without having to worry about lifting it, or fitting it into the trunk of the car.

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