Resembling a classic, little cottage that you would find in the woods, the 9 x 6 Tom Axi Playhouse is an adorable tower playhouse that your kids are going to have a lot of fun in and also be very safe. This is a playhouse that is offering a very nice amount of floor space along with some generous headroom. This means that the children will not outgrow this after just a couple of years so they will get a lot of use out of this. The tower nature of the playhouse means that it has a number of fun features such as a child safe ladder for them to climb up and down and a slide that they can fly down with their teddy bear. In between this is a little decking area that has a railing they can look over or even sit some toys on.
To ensure that the playhouse is something that lasts for many years, the materials which have been selected for it are very strong and long lasting. This is most evident in the frame and the cladding. Using 15 mm thick tongue and groove shiplap cladding along with a very thick and robust frame, make this one of the most solid playhouses on the market. If you have kids who love to play a little bit rough then this playhouse can take it. As well as being made to be tough, it has also been made so that your children will be safe while they play in and around the playhouse.
What we rate
Has a fantastic look
Windows use magnets to securely close
Slide and ladder will be a lot of fun
The roof is very well made and looks amazing
The whole structure has a very robust design
What we slate
Treatment will be required shortly after you have built it
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How We Rate It
Longevity of Materials8.5/10
Ease of Installation8/10
Value for Money8.5/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type And Roof Size
We just love how gorgeous the, 9 x 6 Tom Axi Playhouse is and it is going to give your kids many years of enjoyment while it stands looking great in your garden. It has a very classic, cottage style look to it that we really like and the actual playhouse portion of this is a very good size. The width is 3 feet 10 inches and the depth, 5 feet 7 and of course you have the little decking area that is out front also. This is a very tall structure at 7 feet 6 inches so as well as this making the playhouse be a very prominent feature in your garden it also ensures the kids have a lot of headroom.
Outside the playhouse is a decking area that is protected with a high quality railing and the veranda roof. We just love this and think it will be adorable to see the kids standing looking over the railing and also climbing down it when you have told them for the 52nd time not to jump off it. One side of this decking there is a small ladder that even very young children will be able to climb up and down. Also there is a slide on the other side where they can zoom down when it is time to come in for tea.
There is an apex roof on this playhouse that is actually made of wood and we really love the way this looks. It is going to provide just an immense amount of protection from our awesome British weather and it looks so much more high quality than roofing felt does.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
We already mentioned how this has a classic cottage look to it and part of that charm is achieved by the tongue and groove shiplap cladding. We were already impressed with this cladding just from the pictures as it looks so smooth and high quality, but then when we found out it was 15 mm thick, we really were blown away by how high strong the cladding is as well as how attractive it is.
One thing that we love about the playhouses from these guys is just how robust they are and this one here has an incredibly strong frame that is 38 mm thick and features planed and smoothed corners. If you want something that is going to be able to take a bit of a beating from the kids and not show any wear or tear then this frame makes this one very sturdy and secure structure.
High quality boarding has been used for the floor. So no matter how wild the dance moves get inside here, this floor is able to take that kind of weight and impact. If you look closely in the pictures, you can actually see how amazing the tongue and groove flooring on the decking looks and we can assure you that it is every bit as strong as it is good looking.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
Treating this or any other playhouse is simply a must, you want the kids to be able to enjoy this for many years, plus you want to get your money’s worth out of it and you can do this by giving it a good coating of treatment. A coating once a year is all that is required to protect the gorgeous, Asian cedar wood safe from rot. One thing we will advise you on is that the first coat should be applied soon after construction.
The five year guarantee that you get with this is very fair and as long as you treat the wood then we do not see you needing to make use of it, but still it is always nice to have a good guarantee watching your back.
Doors And Windows
How can you not smile when you see the door on the 9 x 6 Tom Axi Playhouse? To start with from a practical point of view, this door is just an ideal size for kids. It is high and wide enough so that when they are trying to man handle that giant stuffed animal through it, they will not have too much trouble. The door has a window that has a very thick frame on it which is certainly an interesting look and is something we really like as it makes it different from the other windows. The door also has a fun, little letterbox so be sure to put a few letters in here and the kids will get a real kick out of it.
This playhouse features five windows, including the one that is on the door. To start with near the roof on the front there is a very stylish circle window that we really like. As well as the one of the door there is also a fixed window on the front of the playhouse. Having three windows, especially three that are all different, right on the front is a very smart and unique design choice. On each side of the playhouse there is a window which can be opened, these close securely with the aid of magnets which is something we think is great as it means the kids can easily open and close the windows by themselves. In case you are worried about broken glass, do not be as these windows are made with shatterproof acrylic glazing so they are perfectly kid safe.
Security And Privacy
No lock is included with this playhouse, but the door does shut quite securely and the magnets on the windows allow them to close tightly also. Playhouses are not known for offering a lot of security, but this one here does offer more security than we are used to seeing which is another thing we really like about this.
This is a playhouse that does have many windows, but due to the way they are designed this playhouse is not as open as you would think. So the children will have a little bit of privacy, but not so much that you will not be able to have a peek and watch them play.
Customisation Options And Extras
As this comes to you unpainted and you need to treat it in order to protect the timber from wood, one thing that would brighten it up is a coloured wood treatment. There is not actually any customisation options for this playhouse, but a coloured wood treatment is one way to change the look a bit.
There are actually a few extras available with this playhouse and we thought we would start with the most interesting extra and that is the Axi Playhouse Solar Power Kit – for a cost of £74.95, you can have a little solar panel that gives the playhouse some power so they can have a place to plug in a tablet or a CD player. They have their own chalkboard which you can add for £29.95. This is done in the same style of the playhouse so it would look pretty cool on the wall. The Axi Plant & Flower Box can be added and allow them to have some plants either real or artificial. This costs £34.95 and would look very nice on the decking or under one of the windows.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
This is a playhouse that has been very cleverly made and it is very high quality all throughout.
Longevity of Materials8.5/10
The cladding and the frame make this a very long lasting and strong structure and as long as you keep on treating it once a year, no signs of rot will appear and it will keep on looking adorable.
There is plenty of room for them inside the playhouse to have a lot of fun, but there is also a decking area, slide and ladder for them to enjoy.
Ease of Installation8/10
Another person will be needed to help you out, but this should take you no longer than 4-6 hours. Instructions are included and by taking your time and trying to enjoy the process, you should not have any trouble building this.
Value for Money8.5/10
We have seen cheaper playhouses, but this one does have a lot of charm, is well made and it of course has plenty of features that kids will really enjoy. So while the price may be a bit high for some, we do feel that it still is good value for money.
Final Thoughts: We really love the 9 x 6 Tom Axi Playhouse. It has just such an adorable look that you will not be able to stop smiling when you see the kids having a little tea party inside or them loving going down that slide. It is very well made and honestly we can see this lasting as long as your children can fit inside it. If you have a couple of kids then it will even be able to last so the younger ones can make use of it. In all this is a fantastic playhouse that with its slide, ladder and not to mention generous amount of room in the actual playhouse is going to offer many years of fun for your children.