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4′ x 4′ Shire Playhut Kids Wooden Playhouse

First Added - February 27 2022
Last Updated - August 4 2022 - 25 Data Points Updated - 2 Data Points Added
Reviewed & curated by a panel of garden building experts. Using methodology 1.1

Product ID: SKU: PLHT0604DSL-1AABUN

Size: 4' x 4'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 4

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83
Good Ranked in the Top 12% of Playhouses.
Position 21 of 188 Playhouses - Down 14 places from previous update.
Quality of materials
Construction quality
Ease of construction
Value for money

See how our panel of industry experts helped create the impartial judging criteria used to calculate the Expert Score.

Our verdict on the 4′ x 4′ Shire Playhut Kids Wooden Playhouse

The 4′ x 4′ Shire Playhut Kids Wooden Playhouse comes with an apex style roof, holds a 1 Years guarantee, is fit with lockable single doors that use a roller catch locking system, and is treated using a dip treated process [1]. The windows window used on this particular 4′ x 4′ use a styrene [2] glazing material (Thickness was not specified).

Base material: wood

Our experts say this has 4 stand out features. A stand out feature is something found on over 70% of the top 10% of products in a particular category or is an exceptionally good feature as rated by our panel of experts.

1. The choice of roof covering (mineral felt), is also what we find that 88% of the top 10% of playhouses use.

2. The styrene window installation is known to be a great choice, and our data shows us that 94% of the top 10% of playhouses make use of this kind of glazing.

3. A dip treated treatment process lets us know that this playhouse should be expected to last for a good few years, and is used on 82% of the top 10% of playhouses.

4. The shiplap tongue & groove cladding used on this playhouse is one the best available for playhouses rated by our experts.

Below is a brief overview of how some of the key points of this playhouse fairs across the market.

Cladding

The shiplap tongue & groove cladding(walls) used here is one of the best forms of construction for playhouse walls out of the 4 types [3] we’ve identified on same-size playhouses, that you’ll also see getting used on 59% (103 of 175) of all playhouses analysed [4], as well as being used on 47% (8 of 17) of the top 10% of playhouses [5]. You’ll also find the shiplap tongue & groove cladding showing up on 48% of 4′ x 4′ playhouses (11 in total) [6], and when taking the average Expert Score of those 4′ x 4′ playhouses (80), the 4′ x 4′ Shire Playhut Kids Wooden Playhouse is just above the average with an Expert Score of 82.

The walls are 12mm thick and we rate this an about average thickness out of the 3 found on same-size playhouses [7]. It is used on 49% of all playhouses [8] and is also used across 59% of the top 10% of playhouses [9] we analysed. 52% of 4′ x 4′ playhouses (12 in total) use 12mm thick walls [10], and if we compare this item against those 12 we find it’s Expert Score is 6% higher than the average score for a 4′ x 4′ 12mm playhouse.

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Roofing

Osb is the of construction method used for the roofing, our experts rate this one of the best forms of roof material out of the 2 types we’ve found on same-size playhouses [11]. This roofing material is used on 20% of all playhouses analysed, and 65% of the top 10% of playhouses. 39% of 4′ x 4′ playhouses (9 in total) use osb construction for the roof, with this product having an Expert Score 5% higher than the average in this regard.

A 8.0mm thick roof boarding was used on this playhouse which is the worst thickness used for a roofing material out of 5 thicknesses identified on same-size playhouses [12]. It’s used on 9% of all playhouses and 53% of the top 10% of playhouses. 22% of 4′ x 4′ playhouses (5 in total) use a 8.0mm thick roof boarding, and when taking the average Expert Score of those 4′ x 4′ playhouses (82), the 4′ x 4′ Shire Playhut Kids Wooden Playhouse is the same with an Expert Score of 82.

Mineral felt is used as the roof covering. Our experts say it’s one of the best roof covering materials, and is also the only kind identified on same-size playhouses [13]. It comes fitted on 64% of playhouses and used on 88% of the top 10% of 4′ x 4′ playhouses. 57% of 4′ x 4′ playhouses (13 in total) make use of a mineral felt material as a roof covering, and when taking the average Expert Score of those 4′ x 4′ playhouses (81), the 4′ x 4′ Shire Playhut Kids Wooden Playhouse is just above the average with an Expert Score of 82.

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Flooring

The manufactures of this playhouse chose osb for the floor construction, we rate this an about average form of floor construction out of 2 types found on same-size playhouses [14]. This type of floor construction is used on 19% of all playhouses we analysed, and 59% of the top 10% of those playhouses. 30% of 4′ x 4′ playhouses (7 in total) use osb construction for the floor. Additionally when taking the average Expert Score of those 4′ x 4′ playhouses (81), the 4′ x 4′ Shire Playhut Kids Wooden Playhouse is just above the average with an Expert Score of 82.

A 11mm thick floor boarding is used here, this is an about average floor board thickness according to our experts out of 5 found on same-size playhouses [15]. It’s found on 3% of all playhouses and used on 12% of the top 10% of playhouses. 13% of 4′ x 4′ playhouses (3 in total) use 11mm thick floor boarding, and when taking the average Expert Score of those 4′ x 4′ playhouses (80), the 4′ x 4′ Shire Playhut Kids Wooden Playhouse is just above the average with an Expert Score of 82.

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Window

Styrene windows come installed on this playhouse. As a glazing option, we rate it one of the best glazing types and is also the only type found on 4′ x 4′ playhouses [16]. This particular type of glazing is used on 77% of all windowed playhouses and 100% of the top 10% of playhouses with windows we analysed. 68% of 4′ x 4′ playhouses with windows (15 in total) use styrene windows, and when taking the average Expert Score of those styrene 4′ x 4′ playhouses (79), the 4′ x 4′ Shire Playhut Kids Wooden Playhouse is just above the average with an Expert Score of 82.

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Height

The height of this playhouse is 1065.0mm (4′) which is 9% less than the average 4′ x 4′ playhouse, giving you 95.0mm (0.3′) less headroom.

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Doors

The door height is 1,006.00mm (3′) tall which is 9% or 79.82mm (0.3′) taller than the average 4′ x 4′.
The door width is 635.00mm (2′) wide which is 1% or 4.73mm (0.0′) wider than the average 4′ x 4′.

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You Might Also Consider

We found 21 4′ x 4′ playhouses with comparable specifications. The 4′ x 4′ Shire Playhut Kids Wooden Playhouse has an Expert Score that is 5% higher than average and is £206 less expensive than average. If you are looking for the best value or highest expert scoring playhouses out of the 21 with comparable specifications the following might be of interest.

Best value – If you are looking for something comparable that costs less, then you could save £1 with this 4 x 4 Shire Bunny Childrens/ Kids Wooden Garden Playhouse. It is priced at £275, this is 6% more than this and has an Expert Score of 80, 2 points less than the 4′ x 4′ Shire Playhut Kids Wooden Playhouse.

Highest Expert Score – With an Expert Score of 85 vs 82 for this product, the 4×4 Mercia Snug Childrens/ Kids Wooden Garden Playhouse is the best 4′ x 4′ playhouse with comparable specifications, and is priced at £290, that’s £30 more than the 4′ x 4′ Shire Playhut Kids Wooden Playhouse.

High Wind Area – If you live in a particularly exposed or high wind area then having a playhouse with a thicker cladding and higher than average frame thickness can be preferable. We found at least 3 playhouses that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
4×4 Mercia Snug Childrens/ Kids Wooden Garden Playhouse
3’x5′ Tigercub Hideout House | Playhouse
4′ x 4′ Shire Playhut Kids Wooden Playhouse

Coastal Consideration – If you live in a particularly wet or harsher environment such as by the coast then you might want to consider something with a more robust pressure treatment or something made from metal or plastic, both materials that are particularly suited to such harsh environments. We’ve found at least 3 playhouses that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
BillyOh Childs Potting Shed Playhouse
BillyOh Bunny Max Playhouse
4 x 4 Isabelle Snug Den Wooden Playhouse with Apex Roof, Single Door And Windows

Public-Facing – Extra security measures might be more of a concern if you’re placing your building in an area that is more public-facing than a garden. Features such as security windows or even having no windows at all, and the ability to lock all opening doors are usually much more important when you have something that is more public-facing. We found at least 3 playhouses that have options that you might find a better fit if this is a concern you have.
3’x5′ Tigercub Hideout House | Playhouse
4′ x 4′ Shire Playhut Kids Wooden Playhouse
4′ x 4′ Shire Hide Kids Wooden Playhouse

More Child Friendly – If you have children and you are looking for something that has that little extra in terms of durability then tougher glazing options might be a better option. Here we have at least 3 other options that will fill those needs.
4×4 Mercia Snug Childrens/ Kids Wooden Garden Playhouse
Mercia 4 x 4ft Wooden Snug Playhouse with Assembly
3’x5′ Tigercub Hideout House | Playhouse

Product Details

Building Type
Playhouses, Small Wooden Playhouses, Wendy Houses, Wooden Playhouses
Metric Size (Meters)
4' x 4'
Material
Wooden
Roof Style
Apex
Number of Windows
Has Windows
Door Type
Single Door
Cladding Type
Shiplap Tongue & Groove
Cladding Thickness
12mm
Treatment Type
Dip Treated
Guarantee
1 Years
Range
Shire
External Dimensions
142x124x131cm
Industry Standards Certification
Yes
Additional Information
Imperial dimensions are approximate to the nearest foot; please refer to the exact metric dimensions in the data given.
Additional Assembly Information
Before you assemble your building, you will need a base which is flat and level to a sufficient size. Grass, soil or gravel are not sufficient as they will move with the weight of a building.
Product Dimensions
142x124x131cm
Assembly Options
Self Assembly Required
Model Number
PLHT0604DSL-1AA
Base Included
Not Included
Additional Delivery Information
Following your order, you will be given a link to select a delivery day and you will be given base information too. On the morning of delivery day you will also receive live tracking information.
Window Size (Metric)
nan x nan
Locking System
Roller Catch
Floor Material
OSB
Glazing Material
Styrene
Roof Covering
Mineral Felt
Floor Thickness (Imperial)
11.0mm
Floor Thickness (Metric)
11.0mm
Eaves Height (Imperial)
1065.0mm
Eaves Height (Metric)
1065.0mm
Ridge Height (Imperial)
1409.0mm
Ridge Height (Metric)
1409.0mm
Depth Including Overhang (Imperial)
4'
Depth Including Overhang (Metric)
1220.0mm
Width Including Overhang (Imperial)
4'
Width Including Overhang (Metric)
1237.0mm
Depth At Base (Imperial)
4'
Depth At Base (Metric)
1190.0mm
Door Height (Imperial)
1006.0mm
Door Height (Metric)
1006.0mm
Door Width (Imperial)
635.0mm
Door Width (Metric)
635.0mm
Roof Material
OSB
Roof Thickness (Imperial)
8.0mm
Roof Thickness (Metric)
8.0mm
Width At Base (Imperial)
4'
Width At Base (Metric)
1190.0mm
Packaged Weight
75kg
Door Size (Imperial)
3' x 2'
Door Size (Metric)
1006.0mm x 635.0mm

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Joel Bird

Joel Bird

Profile

Our resident shed building expert Joel was the 2014 winner of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year having beat over 10,000 applicants to win. He returned to the show the following year as a judge. He is also the author of The Book of Shed and has designed & built over 50 small bespoke garden builds. Joel has appeared on various TV or Radio shows include George Clarkes Amazing Spaces, Alan Titchmarsh Love your Garden, Chris Evans Breakfast Show and BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live.

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Sources

Merchants Checked

12 different sources were used to research information on this product, and 4 contained information that we were able to use to compile the data used on this page.

The following merchants were checked on the 06 August, 2022 to see if they stocked this product.

Wickes – 19576 products checked, found 1 match.
Homebase – 35509 products checked, found 1 match.
Buy Sheds Direct – 1635 products checked, found 1 match.
Shedstore – 1373 products checked, found 1 match.
Waltons – 231 products checked, found no matches.
B&Q – 78905 products checked, found no matches.
ManoMano UK – 922302 products checked, found no matches.
Wilko.com – 21232 products checked, found no matches.
sheds.co.uk – 1999 products checked, found no matches.
BillyOh – 1244 products checked, found no matches.
Garden Buildings Direct – 1284 products checked, found no matches.
Tiger Sheds – 635 products checked, found no matches.


1. Dip Treated: Dip treating is a temporary protective base coat treatment that is mainly designed to help protect the building during transit and for around one month after it is assembled. This water-based treatment is the least time-consuming and cheapest type of wood treatment. It involves dipping the wood in a protective water-based preservative and then leaving it to dry. The action of dipping is where ‘dip treatment’ comes from.

A dip-treated garden building is not considered fully treated with wood preservatives; it’s vital to re-treat your dip-treated building, preferably with a solvent-based (or oil-based) wood treatment. Then re-treat it on an annual basis using a solvent-based (or oil-based) wood treatment.

If you don’t want to treat something on an annual basis then a pressure treated wooden building might be a better option, this is where the wood undergoes a process called tanalisation (pressure treatment) during production. This is where the timber is submerged in specialist wood preservatives (such as Tanalith E, this is actually the origin of the word ‘tanalisation’), the wood then goes into a high pressure vacuum tank to draw out excess moisture and air and force in the preservatives. This deep penetration of the exterior wood protects it from the elements and all forms of insect attack. Wood treated this way can last many years without being re-treated. The Wood Protection Association has a good article/video on this. 

2. Styrene (Polystyrene (High Impact) HIPS): Styrene as it is commonly known or High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) is a very versatile form of plastic. It has a very wide range of uses but for garden buildings styrene is typically used as a budget option for windows.

Styrene is a shatter-resistant material, which is why it is ideal for situations where safety needs to be considered, such as playhouses. This benefit can be offset by a few other drawbacks, unfortunately styrene has a tendency to yellow over time (the technical term is Photoyellowing and it is caused by prolonged exposure to UV Light), the degradation of its polymers over time also causes it to become more brittle.

Another drawback of styrene is its thermal coefficient of expansion (it is 80 x 10-6), this is higher than most other glazing options. This means that as the material heats up and cools it can contract and expand more than other glazing options. This cycle can lead to a loose fit of windows over time.

According to data from the British Plastics Fedaration the physical properties of Styrene (Polystyrene (High Impact) are that it is not very good when exposed to high heat with a maximum continuous use temperature of between 60 to 80 °C. This is coupled with the fairly low range the Notched Impact Strength data shows of 10.0 – 20.0 Kj/m². 

4. Global cladding data sourced from: All shiplap tongue & groove playhouses 

5. Top cladding data sourced from: Top 17 shiplap tongue & groove playhouses 

6. 4′ x 4′ cladding data sourced from: 23 4′ x 4′ shiplap tongue & groove playhouses 

7. Cladding thickness types identified: 12mm, 34mm 

8. Global cladding thickness data sourced from: All 12mm playhouses 

9. Top cladding thickness data sourced from: Top 17 12mm playhouses 

10. 4′ x 4′ cladding thickness data sourced from: 12 4′ x 4′ 12mm playhouses 

11. Roof material types identified: osb, tongue & groove 

12. Roof thickness types identified: 8mm, 11mm, 12mm 

13. Roof covering types identified: mineral felt 

14. Floor material types identified: osb, tongue & groove 

15. Floor thickness types identified: 8mm, 11mm, 12mm 

16. Glazing material types identified: styrene 

Product ID: SKU: PLHT0604DSL-1AABUN

Size: 4' x 4'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 4

HomeBase
£344.25
See Deal
Wickes
£335.00
See Deal
ShedStore
£319.99
See Deal
BuyShedsDirect
£259.99
See Deal

Support WhatShed: by making a purchase after clicking a link above, a portion of the sale supports this site.