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4x6w Single Storey Shiplap Timber Wendyhouse Children’s Playhouse

First Added - August 4 2022
Last Updated - August 4 2022 - 0 Data Points Updated - 59 Data Points Added
Reviewed & curated by a panel of garden building experts. Using methodology 1.1

Product ID: SKU: 040410RM26

Size: 3' x 5'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 1

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78
Good Ranked in the Top 76% of Playhouses.
Position 142 of 188 Playhouses - Up 142 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 4x6w Single Storey Shiplap Timber Wendyhouse Children’s Playhouse

The 4x6w Single Storey Shiplap Timber Wendyhouse Children’s Playhouse is fit with lockable single doors that use a magnetic safety catch locking system and is treated using a dip treated process [1]. The 2 georgian windows used on this particular 3′ x 5′ use a 2mm styrene [2] material.

Base material: european softwood

Our experts say this has 6 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 tongue & groove cladding used on this playhouse is one the best available for playhouses rated by our experts.

5. The tongue & groove construction like the one used on the roof of this playhouse is rated one of the best by our panel of experts.

6. Our experts say this the tongue & groove floor material used here is one of the best available on all playhouses.

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

Cladding

The tongue & groove cladding(walls) used here is the best form 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 35% (61 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 tongue & groove cladding showing up on 39% of 3′ x 5′ playhouses (9 in total) [6], and when taking the average Expert Score of those 3′ x 5′ playhouses (76), the 4x6w Single Storey Shiplap Timber Wendyhouse Children’s Playhouse is just above the average with an Expert Score of 77.

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 3′ x 5′ playhouses (12 in total) use 12mm thick walls [10], and when taking the average Expert Score of those 3′ x 5′ playhouses (77), the 4x6w Single Storey Shiplap Timber Wendyhouse Children’s Playhouse is the same with an Expert Score of 77.

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Roofing

Tongue & groove is the cladding used for the roofing, our experts rate this the best form of roof material out of the 2 types we’ve found on same-size playhouses [11]. This roofing material is used on 26% of all playhouses analysed, and 12% of the top 10% of playhouses. While you’ll find that the Expert Score of this playhouse is 6 points lower than the average for 3′ x 5’s that use tongue & groove roof material (77 vs the average of 83), you can be sure it’s not due to the roofing as this one of the highest scoring materials found on 3′ x 5′ playhouses. 26% of 3′ x 5′ playhouses (6 in total) use tongue & groove construction for the roof.

A 12mm thick roof boarding was used on this playhouse which is one of the best thicknesses used for a roofing material out of 5 thicknesses identified on same-size playhouses [12]. It’s used on 18% of all playhouses and 12% of the top 10% of playhouses. Even though the Expert Score of this particular playhouse is 3 points below that of the average for 3′ x 5’s that use 12mm roofing (77 vs the average of 80), you can be sure it’s not due to the roof thickness as this one of the highest scoring thicknesses available on 3′ x 5′ playhouses. 17% of 3′ x 5′ playhouses (4 in total) use a 12mm thick roof boarding.

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 3′ x 5′ playhouses. Even though the Expert Score of this particular playhouse is below the average 3′ x 5’s cover their roofs with mineral felt (77 vs the average of 81), with it being on 88% of the top 10%, this should give you confidence in its quality. 57% of 3′ x 5′ playhouses (13 in total) make use of a mineral felt material as a roof covering.

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Flooring

The manufactures of this playhouse chose tongue & groove for the floor construction, we rate this the best form of floor construction out of 2 types found on same-size playhouses [14]. This type of floor construction is used on 41% of all playhouses we analysed, and 24% of the top 10% of those playhouses. 39% of 3′ x 5′ playhouses (9 in total) use tongue & groove construction for the floor. Additionally when taking the average Expert Score of those 3′ x 5′ playhouses (77), the 4x6w Single Storey Shiplap Timber Wendyhouse Children’s Playhouse is the same with an Expert Score of 77.

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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 3′ x 5′ playhouses [15]. 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. Even though the Expert Score of this particular playhouse is 2 points below the average of 79 for windowed 3′ x 5’s use styrene windows, with it being on 100% of the top 10%, you can be assured that this playhouse is using a quality glazing type. 68% of 3′ x 5′ playhouses with windows (15 in total) use styrene windows.

The windows on this playhouse use a 2mm thick glazing, we rate this one of the worst thicknesses for window glazing out of 2 different thicknesses found on same-size playhouses [16]. Glazing this thick is found on 17% of all the windowed playhouses we analysed and used on 13% of the top 10% of windowed playhouses. 14% of 3′ x 5′ playhouses (3 in total) use 2mm thick glazing.

The 457mm x 610mm windows on this playhouse are 9% larger than the average 3′ x 5′ playhouse. The window height is 610.00mm (2′) tall which is 7% taller than the average 3′ x 5′ with 41.25mm (0.1′) extra height. The window width is 457.00mm (2′) wide which is 3% wider than the average 3′ x 5′ with 11.25mm (0.0′) wider width.

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Height

The height of this playhouse is 1304mm (4′) which is 12% more than the average 3′ x 5′ playhouse, giving you 144.0mm (0.5′) extra headroom.

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Doors

The door height is 1,130.00mm (4′) tall which is 22% or 203.82mm (0.7′) taller than the average 3′ x 5′.
The door width is 548.00mm (2′) wide which is 15% or 82.27mm (0.3′) narrower than the average 3′ x 5′.

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You Might Also Consider

We found 21 3′ x 5′ playhouses with comparable specifications. The 4x6w Single Storey Shiplap Timber Wendyhouse Children’s Playhouse has an Expert Score that is 1% lower than average and is £12 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 £453 with this 4′ x 4′ Shire Playhut Kids Wooden Playhouse. It is priced at £260, this is 174% less than this and has an Expert Score of 82, 5 points higher than the 4x6w Single Storey Shiplap Timber Wendyhouse Children’s Playhouse.

Highest Expert Score – With an Expert Score of 85 vs 77 for this product, the 4×4 Mercia Snug Childrens/ Kids Wooden Garden Playhouse is the best 3′ x 5′ playhouse with comparable specifications, and is priced at £290, that’s £423 less than the 4x6w Single Storey Shiplap Timber Wendyhouse Children’s 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)
3' x 5'
Material
Wooden
Number of Windows
2
Door Type
Single Door
Cladding Type
Tongue & Groove
Cladding Thickness
12mm
Treatment Type
Dip Treated
Locking System
Magnetic Safety Catch
Floor Material
Tongue & Groove
Glazing Material
Styrene
Roof Covering
Mineral Felt
Glazing Thickness (Imperial)
2mm
Glazing Thickness (Metric)
2mm
Eaves Height (Imperial)
1304mm
Eaves Height (Metric)
1304mm
Ridge Height (Imperial)
1724mm
Ridge Height (Metric)
1724mm
Door Height (Imperial)
4'
Door Height (Metric)
1130mm
Door Width (Imperial)
2'
Door Width (Metric)
548mm
Roof Material
Tongue & Groove
Roof Thickness (Imperial)
12mm
Roof Thickness (Metric)
12mm
Roof Thickness
12mm
Ridge Height
1724mm
Eaves Height
1304mm
Thickness
12 mm
Weight
112kgs
Depth
1150mm
Width
1750mm
Cladding Material
Shiplap
Door Size
548mm x 1130mm
Base Size
1150mm x 1750mm
Internal Size
1062mm x 1662mm
Treatment
Water Based Dip Treatment
Window Size (Imperial)
457mm x 610mm
Window Size (Metric)
457mm x 610mm
Internal Eaves
1248mm
Internal Ridge
1612mm
Framing Style
Standard
Floor Size
12mm
Window Style
Georgian
Ext Size Exc Roof
1174mm x 1774mm
Ext Size Inc Roof
1274mm x 1934mm
Door Size (Imperial)
548mm x 1130mm
Door Size (Metric)
548mm x 1130mm
Internal Ridge (Imperial)
1612mm
Internal Ridge (Metric)
1612mm
Internal Eaves (Imperial)
1248mm
Internal Eaves (Metric)
1248mm

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Expert Score 7578738373
Price £860.00£1,475.00£1,560.00£819.99£1,160.00
Size 8' x 6'7' x 7'8' x 6'8' x 7'8' x 7'
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Cladding Thickness 12mm12mm
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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 1 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.

ManoMano UK – 922302 products checked, found 1 match.
Waltons – 231 products checked, found no matches.
Wickes – 19576 products checked, found no matches.
B&Q – 78905 products checked, found no matches.
Wilko.com – 21232 products checked, found no matches.
Homebase – 35509 products checked, found no matches.
Buy Sheds Direct – 1635 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.
Shedstore – 1373 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 tongue & groove playhouses 

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

6. 3′ x 5′ cladding data sourced from: 23 3′ x 5′ 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. 3′ x 5′ cladding thickness data sourced from: 12 3′ x 5′ 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. Glazing material types identified: styrene 

16. Glazing thickness types identified: 1mm, 2mm 

Product ID: SKU: 040410RM26

Size: 3' x 5'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 1

Mano Mano
£678.99
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