Kitty Shiplap Wooden Playhouse

Prices Around: £493
Size: 5 X 4
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Looking for a kitty shiplap wooden playhouse? This little building is absolutely perfect for little girls everywhere, the Kitty Shiplap Wooden Playhouse will give granddaughters and daughters plenty of entertainment for many years. If you do give it a beautiful pink coating of paint, you can see it does go very well with the smart apex style roof. The playhouse has a small veranda, an opening door and a couple of bright and fantastic looking widows. Constructed out of shiplap wood it is strong and durable, therefore lasting for years. It’s a beautiful choice and a good price too considering it comes with an assembly service. This product comes home delivered only.

Not only does that shiplap cladding give the playhouse a very nice look. At 12 mm thick and backed up with a very impressive frame, it also ensures that this is one very robust playhouse. This will be able to handle little girls who like to have tea parties and also those more wild girls who love to pretend to be Wonder Woman and Supergirl and play a little rough. Those large styrene windows ensure that there will be no broken glass on the floor, making this one very safe place for your kids to play.

What we rate

  • Considering it has an assembly service, price is fair
  • Beautiful design
  • Smart and cool looking apex roof
  • Cladding is thick and has a smooth look
  • Has a solid frame, making this one strong structure

What we slate

  • Is a little on the small side
  • Treatment will need to be applied
  • Kids will not want to come back inside the house!
How We Rate It
8.5
Quality 8.5/10
85% Complete
Longevity of Materials 8.5/10
85% Complete
Storage Size 7/10
70% Complete
Ease of Installation 10/10
100% Complete
Value for Money 7.5/10
75% Complete

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Shed Type And Roof Size

Kitty Shiplap Wooden Playhouse Side ViewWe just adore the look of the Kitty Shiplap Wooden Playhouse, it really does have a charm and a style that just makes you smile and will make the kids fall in love with it the moment they see it. We think that this one here is clearly aimed at little girls as it does have a kind of Wendy House design to it, which we are sure will make little girls feel like they are living in their own Barbie House. It is a decent size inside with the width being, 4 feet 8 inches and the depth being right around the same. We like how much height is provided as along the ridge there is just over 5 feet of headroom so the children will be able to play in this even as they grow.

We really like what they have done with the roof. Using an apex style roof is always the right way to go for a playhouse as it will ensure no rain is going to get inside. This one is made with some high quality boarding which is then covered with strong and durable felt. While the roof is fantastic from a practical point of view it also adds to the charm of the playhouse as it has a veranda that sticks out a little bit at the front and there is this lovely, wavy decoration along the front which we really like.

Cladding, Frame And Floor

Kitty Shiplap Wooden Playhouse FlooringTo keep the water out and also make sure that this is up to the task of taking a bit of abuse from the kids, Kitty have used some very impressive shiplap cladding for the walls. At 12 mm thick, these walls are very strong and offer no little hidden crack, nooks or crannies for water to sneak its way inside. It also has a very smooth and attractive look to it which we just love.

While they have not given out the exact specs of the frame that is inside this playhouse, we have seen from pictures that this is clearly a solid and robust frame which has double framed corners which will greatly enhance its durability. Kids, even little girls, tend to not be too careful when it comes to playtime so with that in mind they have made sure to make this one very strong and long lasting playhouse and that starts with this incredibly strong frame. Little girls are kind of odd in that a nice and friendly tea party can turn into some kind of wild dance party in mere seconds, this frame makes sure the playhouse can handle it.

A solid flooring is used so when they are pretending they are Elsa and Anna from Frozen and doing all kinds of fun dancing, singing and jumping, they will be safe and the floor will not buckle. This floor is easily going to be able to handle a few kids, a whole lot of toys and just a ton of fun.

Treatment Requirement And Warranty

While the playhouse pictured is pink and we do think that for a little girl this is just the best colour, the Kitty Shiplap Wooden Playhouse will actually be sent to you unpainted so you will need to give it a good coating of wood treatment to make sure that smooth wood stays rot free. Kitty do give the wood a basecoat treatment, but a proper coating should be applied within a couple of weeks at the most after it has been installed.

A one year anti rot guarantee is provided as long as you treat the playhouse properly. To be honest, we have seen other playhouses offer anti rot guarantees that last ten times longer than this so it is a little disappointing to see the only offer a year. Still with how well made this is and as long as you treat the wood, we do not see you having any problems.

Doors And Windows

Kitty Shiplap Wooden Playhouse DoorBecause of the huge window on it, the door is one of the most noticeable things about this playhouse. It really is something that we love and it certainly does give the playhouse a lot of personality. There is a fantastic, old school style door handle which will make opening the door very easy. Solid hinges will keep this in place and as you can see from the pictures, the size of the door is very impressive for a single door.

Along with the window on the door there is another large window on the front of the playhouse. We love how large they have made this as they are going to let in a lot of natural light. To make sure there is no chance of broken glass everywhere, strong styrene has been used. Not only is this a practical design choice for a kids playhouse, but it does also help keep the cost down a little bit.

Security And Privacy

Kitty Shiplap Wooden Playhouse ExhaustNo lock comes with this playhouse, but to be fair this is the case for pretty much every playhouse that is on the market. Still the door does close securely and as long as they get into the habit of closing the door once they are done playing no wild animals, rubbish or even backpackers looking for a place to crash in between summer festivals will get inside.

Now when it comes to privacy with this playhouse it really all depends on where you install this in your garden. Those two awesome and large windows on the front let you look right inside, but as there are no windows on the sides or back, you could position the playhouse so that the windows are not in plain sight of people walking past your garden.

Customisation Options And Extras

Kitty Shiplap Wooden Playhouse CeilingWe were really not surprised to learn that there are no customisation options available with this playhouse. As we said earlier though, the playhouse will be sent to you unpainted so you can change the look of it with a coloured wood treatment or even a bright paint like the pink in the pictures.

They are not offering any extras with this playhouse, actually that is not entirely true, you see this playhouse comes with an assembly service which is why we are sure it is priced the way it is. While on one hand we feel this extra price of an installation service is fair, we would still have preferred they knocked £100 off the price and let the customer decide if they want the service.

So, How Does It All Stack Up?
Quality 8.5/10
85% Complete
We are impressed with the overall quality of this playhouse and feel that for the price, the quality of the materials is just fantastic.
Longevity of Materials 8.5/10
85% Complete
A kids playhouse is certainly going to take a bit of abuse over its life and we feel that this one here is up to the task. Just be sure to give it a coating of treatment to keep the wood rot free and your children will be having fun with this for years.
Storage Size 7/10
70% Complete
This is one of the smallest playhouses we have seen so for older kids this would not be ideal, but as a first playhouse it really is a good size.
Ease of Installation 10/10
100% Complete
While we may not be too keen on the fact the assembly service is part of this no matter if you want it or not, there is no denying it is convenient to have people build this for you while you just sit back and listen to the kids ask 3000 times if it is built yet?
Value for Money 7.5/10
75% Complete
This is a well made and lovely little playhouse, but it is on the small size so your kids may outgrow it sooner than you would like. Still as long as they can fit inside it they will get a lot of enjoyment out of this.
8.5
Overall Score
Final Thoughts: We really do like the Kitty Shiplap Wooden Playhouse and feel that it is great for a child’s first playhouse or even for those of you who do not have a whole lot of space. While the price may seem a little high, we do feel that as you are getting this assembled for you as well as delivered that the price really is not all that out of line. We were very impressed with the materials used to make this and are sure it will last many years and also as you can clearly see this really is one very adorable playhouse which is just tailor made for little girls.

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  • Donna P said...

    I bought this for my little sister as a late birthday present. Delivery arrived within 2 days, which was pretty impressive. About the house itself, well it’s quite feminine, which is quite obvious at first impressions. Now I am not a toy expert or anything, but from what I see, the playhouse does help blossom the imagination of the young ones. It is also quite durable, not bending or showing any signs of flex under heavy weight when we were lugging it to her best friend’s place. The space is adequate for two or three children, but if you plan on hosting your little one’s parties in there, tough luck. The price is definitely on the higher side, at 375, but considering that the house is made from Shiplan wood, it makes sense. All things aside, it made for a great birthday present, so I’ll give it 9/10.

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  • Claire Nurelim said...

    My daughter has been bugging me for a playhouse after she seen her friend had one. I finally got the kitty shiplap wooden playhouse for her birthday. When she seen it she was so ecstatic. It didn’t take much to get it ready for her. I didn’t even need my husband’s help. I like the fact that this playhouse is so sturdy. It makes me feel good. The smart apex style roof is a nice touch. Now I can’t seem to ever get my daughter inside our house. She always wants to be out in “her house”.

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  • Claire Nurelim said...

    My niece has been bugging my sister for a playhouse ever since she seen my daughter’s playhouse. I got mine from this website before, and it was such a great purchase that I bought one for my niece too. I am close to my sister and my niece, and I wanted to do something special for them. My niece is constantly in this playhouse. My sister couldn’t believe I went out and purchased this, but it is a great buy and for the price, you can’t beat the quality. I just love the look on my niece’s face when she is playing in the 5×4 kitty shiplap wooden playhouse.

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  • Jenn said...

    My daughter’s birthday is in the summer, and her birthday party was coming up. I have done all the usual birthday party ideas. I have brought her friends and her swimming, to an amusement park, the fun museum, etc. This year I wanted something fun but at home. I came across this playhouse and knew my daughter and her friends would just fall in love with it. I was right about them loving it. The party was a big hit and the kids were talking about it for quite some time.

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  • Katie said...

    I purchase playhouses to rent them out for birthday parties. This one is my biggest hit for little girl’s birthday parties. I usually never comment for reviews but I had to for this one because parents and little girls are just loving it. The quality is great. I can’t even count how many families have already rented it. That says a lot for the durability as well. Kids are not very careful when it comes to things, so this is very durable.

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  • Dustin said...

    My little girl’s birthday was coming up and I had no idea what to buy her. All her friends at school were telling her of this playhouse they got. I called one of the parents and asked which one it was. I was brought to this website, expecting an incredible amount of money to be sent. I was shocked that this was way less than I though. I had enough money to be able to get other things as well. This playhouse has the quality of something that would have cost more. I am glad I ended up calling my daughter’s friend’s mom for this playhouse.

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  • Julie said...

    I have been looking for a small but decent size playhouse for my 2 girls. They have been on my case since last year to get one. Ever since they played in their cousin’s playhouse, now they just have to have one. I came across this 5×4 kitty shiplap wooden playhouse and I knew it was the one I wanted to get right away. It was just the right size. When I got it in person, I was so happy that it wasn’t flimsy. It was material that was going to last a long time.

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