Here we have the charming 6’1 x 4’3 Play-Plus Blackberry Playhouse. This is a playhouse that is going to give the children a very safe and secure place to spend many hours with their friends or even on their own making dinner for their favourite teddy. Offering a very decent amount of space inside for them to put in lots of toys or perhaps some furniture like a table and a chair, this is a playhouse that because of the space available the kids can really get creative with the way they place out their things. Two large windows allow the children to be able to look outside and also allow lots of natural light inside to keep things bright.
Durable tongue and groove cladding has been used to give the playhouse a very high quality look as well as being able to stand up against the rain and keep it out. An apex style roof covered with durable felt will make it so no rain ever seeps in through the roof. The flooring has been made to be able to take the kids dancing, playing and them getting up to all kinds of fun antics. This is a very strong and pleasant looking shed which has passed all the child safety tests it has been put through, making this one safe and fun place for the kids to play.
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How We Rate It
Longevity Of materials8.5/10
Ease of installation8/10
Value for money9/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type And Roof Size
Most people would love for the kids to have a fun and safe place to enjoy in the garden, but the problem many of us have is finding a playhouse that is not tacky looking or cheaply made. Well search no more as the 6’1 x 4’3 Play-Plus Blackberry Playhouse offers a great looking design as well as a strong, reliable and long lasting quality that will see the kids be able to play with for years. For a child this is a large sized structure with the width coming in at, 6 feet 1 inch and the depth being 4 feet 3 inch. This is more than enough room for the kids to really fill this up with all kinds of toys and games as well as having enough space to invite a few of their friends around for a tea party. The height of the playhouse is higher than we actually expected with the ridge being 4 feet 4 inches high and the eaves, 3 feet 3 inches.
The roof of the playhouse looks good and the apex design of it is a key part of what keeps the water out of it when the rain is hammering down. There is some heavy duty felt on 8 mm thick boards making up this roof and we think that it is ideal. This is a very well designed roof that works well in looking appealing as well as serving a practical purpose.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
A child’s playhouse has to be strong and sturdy and that is where the nice looking 12 mm thick, tongue and groove cladding comes in. This cladding has been designed to look lovely and go very well with the roof. We really like the wood that this is made from and while the kids may not care, we are sure the adults will love just how high quality the cladding is.
We have been able to look closely at a number of Play-Plus playhouses and we never fail to be impressed with the frame that they use. This is a frame that has clearly been designed for a playhouse that is going to take a lot of abuse from kids. It is very durable and will last for lots of years. A strong frame we feel is essential in keeping a playhouse or even a shed standing strong for many years. One thing we do want to praise the frame for is that while it is very strong it is not too bulky that it gets in the way of the kids fun.
Play-Plus have used the same type of boards for the flooring of the playhouse, but these ones are just a little bit thicker at 9 mm. The flooring of a playhouse simply has to be strong to deal with crazy kids playing inside. While the boards are strong they are made even stronger thanks to some good floor joists. Play-Plus do say that to really make this a strong floor, you should build your playhouse on a solid surface.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
The 6’1 x 4’3 Play-Plus Blackberry Playhouse will be dip treated before it is despatched, but you will still want to give it a nice coating of wood treatment once you have built it to make sure it is starting its life in the right way. A further coating of treatment is something we would recommend once per year to make it so this will last for lots of years.
A ten year anti rot guarantee is what you get with the play house. We feel this is a very generous guarantee and as great as it is to have, you will probably not have to make use of it as long as you are looking after it properly.
Doors And Windows
There is a very good sized door on here that has been designed to look like a door you would find on a stable. It is held in place with two strong hinges that have been child safety approved. The door is a little under 2 feet wide so that the kids can get in and out easily and take a whole lot of things inside there with them. To open the door there is a large wooden handle which is something different from what most other playhouses we have seen offer.
The two large windows that are on each side of the door are a huge part of the charm of the playhouse. The windows have a cross section design which does give them a lot of character as well as letting in a lot of natural light. The windows as lovely as they look are made to be in line with child safety standards and are made with safety styrene.
Security And Privacy
Your kids toys, games and whatever else they may want to keep inside here are going to be kept very secure and safe from the weather we can assure you of that. There is no lock on the door so you can add a bolt if you want to, but as long as there is nothing too expensive stored in here we do not think this is essential.
Those two big windows let in a lot of natural light as well as making it easy for people to be able to look inside easily. While this is fun for the adults wanting to enjoy watching the kids playing we are sure for the kids that this will get very old quickly so you may want to put in some blinds or curtains to give them some privacy.
Customisation Options And Extras
Customising the 6’1 x 4’3 Play-Plus Blackberry Playhouse is very easy to do as you can use coloured wood treatment. So if your child’s favourite colour is green for example then use some green coloured wood treatment. The real fun to be had customising this though is for the kids as they get to lay everything out inside the playhouse just the way they want.
The only extras that you would really need to consider for this is a bolt for the door and a set of curtains. Apart from that you are getting everything you need when this is delivered.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
Play-Plus really do know how to make a high quality playhouse that offers fun for the children as well as looking great in your garden.
Longevity Of materials8.5/10
This is a playhouse which is going to last for many years thanks to the top quality materials which have been used. We are sure that this is going to be something that can take lots of years of rough play.
This is an ideal size for a playhouse. It does offer plenty of space without it being too overwhelming for the kids trying to fill it all up.
Ease of installation8/10
You and a friend or family member should have this up and ready for play in a few hours. Just be sure to take your time and follow the instructions.
Value for money9/10
If someone showed us a picture of this playhouse we would be certain that it would be near the £500 mark. Well this is actually just over £200 and we feel it really is good value for money.
Final Thoughts: Even before we talk about the low price of the 6'1 x 4'3 Play-Plus Blackberry Playhouse, we have to tell you that for this amazing price you really are getting a structure that is made with great materials, has an awesome design and is going to put smiles on the kids’ faces for many years and that is what a playhouse is all about. The fact that this one happens to be so well made and will last for many years just makes it an even more attractive purchase. We could not be any more impressed with what Play-Plus have created here and we are sure that you would be very happy with this as part of your garden.