Playhouse Type And Roof Size
Today we are stepping out of our comfort zone a little bit by looking at a playhouse that is different from most of the other ones we have reviewed. The Kidsley Ballet School Playhouse with Quilt is a very interesting girls playhouse and because of the materials it is made of is certainly more for indoor use than outdoor. This is most certainly a girls playhouse with its pink design and ballerina style. It is the kind of thing little girls who love pretending to be princesses are going to just love. The idea is that it is a ballet school so little girls are going to have a lot of fun either pretending this is their own little house or their own ballet school. It is actually a compact size as it is, 3 feet 2 inches wide and 3 feet 10 inches deep. The height is 4 feet 9 inches at its highest point so the headroom inside the playhouse is not bad at all. It is very lightweight so it would be no trouble at all to move indoors or outdoors depending on what the weather is like.
Made with cotton, the roof with its ballet school logo is certainly very eye catching. The roof is an apex style roof with a rather high peak so your child is going to be able to use this for quite a few years. Normally we would say that an apex roof is great for protecting against rain, but as this is made from fabric, we really would not suggest you leave this out in the rain.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
As the Kidsley Ballet School Playhouse with Quilt is not what you would class as a traditional girls playhouse as it is not made of wood. Instead it is made with high quality cotton which is good in one way as it has allowed them to print some very nice designs on the walls. Now this fabric is strong and we do not see it tearing or anything like that, but we would still not like to see what it looks like after standing out in the rain for a few days.
The most surprising part of this girls playhouse was the frame. Now at a glance you will no doubt think there is some kind of cheap plastic frame keeping this all together, but actually there is a strong aluminium frame that is holding it together. This makes it far more sturdy than you would think, but it also makes it very lightweight so it can be moved from the inside to outside if the weather is good.
Now the floor, well there is not actually any floor with this playhouse. But they do give you a quilt that comes in a smart looking bag. We spent some time in the lab and came up with the theory that they gave you this quilt to use as a makeshift floor is you are putting the playhouse outside. Honestly not having a floor was a smart decision as a floor made from the same fabric as the rest of the playhouse would get filthy in no time!
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
As the Kidsley Ballet School Playhouse with Quilt is made from fabric you do not have to worry about painting or treating it. The only thing you will want to do is keep an eye on the weather if you have it outside.
There is no information at all about the kind of warranty you get with this playhouse so you will have to ask before you order. But if we had to take an educated guess, we do not see you getting much more than a one year manufacturer’s warranty with this playhouse.
Doors And Windows
There is not actually a door on the Kidsley Ballet School Playhouse with Quilt. Instead they have an archway that has two pieces of fabric hanging down. These can be tied up, but we think that they might have been better just leaving these off as we can just imagine how many kids are going to get annoyed by these and end up “accidently” pulling them off.
Having windows on a playhouse like this is kind of awkward. Most of the time on fabric girls playhouses, you will just have a square or oval opening cut in one of the walls and have that classed as the window. That is really the case here, but instead of leaving the gap just wide open they have put in this very cute looking cross frame. A window on the front and a window on the side really do help add to the charm of the playhouse.
Security And Privacy
There is no security on offer here at all. Heck you can literally pick the playhouse up and walk away with it, so be sure not to leave it out in the garden at night as not only could the rain cause some real problems. A thief could easily take it away.
There is not a lot of privacy offered by this playhouse. The windows and the door are very open, making it easy for you to peek inside and see what the kids are up to.
Customisation Options And Extras
The Kidsley Ballet School Playhouse with Quilt is a playhouse that is very charming and cute so you do not need to tinker with its look anyway. The materials that this is made of do not allow for any kind of customisation so if you do see one of the kids with a pen or paintbrush working on the walls it is a very good idea to get them to stop.
They are not trying to hustle you with extras which is something we always like to see. The only extra is the quilt and the storage bag for it which is included in the price.
As far as fabric playhouses go this one is very high quality. The fabric used is strong and we really like the aluminium frame.
Longevity Of Materials
This is not the largest playhouse so your child is going to outgrow it perhaps more quickly than you would like. Also the materials if left out in the rain for a long time may get damaged quite badly.
This is one of the more compact playhouses we have seen. But if you have very young children or want a playhouse that can be used indoors then the size of it actually works to its advantage.
Ease Of Installation
Playhouses like this are very easy to put together. Just a case of fitting the fabric around the frame. This is easy enough for just one person to do and will not take long at all.
The price considering the size and the materials they have used is very high. While the aluminium frame may make this more solid than other fabric playhouses, it is also one of the main reason as to why the price is much higher than you would expect.
Final Thoughts: We really like the Kidsley Ballet School Playhouse with Quilt. There is no denying the fact that this is one very cute girls playhouse and if your kids like to dance they will love having their very own dance school. The lightweight fabric means that it is great if you want a playhouse that can be used inside and outside. But as much as we love the looks and the design of the playhouse, we do feel it is very expensive considering it is made from fabric. Now most of the cost is probably because of the aluminium frame which does make this one of the higher quality fabric playhouses on the market, far more high quality than those cheap fabric pop up playhouses. Still it is quite hard to justify spending over, £200 on a fabric playhouse so have a long hard think before pulling the trigger on this.
Prices around: £256.99
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