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6 x 5 (1.79m X 1.19m) – Wooden Playhouse

First Added - February 27 2022
Last Updated - August 4 2022 - 15 Data Points Updated - 3 Data Points Added
Reviewed & curated by a panel of garden building experts. Using methodology 1.1

Product ID: SKU: 37415

Size: 5' x 3'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 1

Mano Mano
£718.75
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Average Ranked in the Top 84% of Playhouses.
Position 157 of 188 Playhouses - Up 16 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 6 x 5 Wooden Playhouse

The 6 x 5 Wooden Playhouse fit with single doors. The windows window used on this particular 5′ x 3′ use a glazing material (Thickness was not specified).

Base material: wood

Certifications this product meets:

FSC certified timber[1] BS5664 EN71[2] EN71 Certified[3]

Our experts say this has 2 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 tongue & groove cladding used on this playhouse is one the best available for playhouses rated by our experts.

2. 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 [4] we’ve identified on same-size playhouses, that you’ll also see getting used on 35% (61 of 175) of all playhouses analysed [5], as well as being used on 47% (8 of 17) of the top 10% of playhouses [6]. Even though the Expert Score of this particular playhouse is 4 points below that of the average tongue & groove clad 5′ x 3’s (they have an average Expert Score of 76), with it being on 47% of the top 10%, its use here is a reassuring sign of a high quality cladding. You’ll also find the tongue & groove cladding showing up on 39% of 5′ x 3′ playhouses (9 in total) [7].

The walls are 12mm thick and we rate this an about average thickness out of the 3 found on same-size playhouses [8]. It is used on 49% of all playhouses [9] and is also used across 59% of the top 10% of playhouses [10] we analysed. Even though the Expert Score of this particular playhouse is 5 points below the average 12mm clad 5′ x 3’s score of 77, the fact that 59% of the top 10% use a cladding this thick is reassuring as a sign of quality. 52% of 5′ x 3′ playhouses (12 in total) use 12mm thick walls [11].

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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 [12]. This roofing material is used on 20% of all playhouses analysed, and 65% of the top 10% of playhouses. Even though the Expert Score of this particular playhouse is 6 points below the average of 78 for 5′ x 3’s using an osb roofing, with it being on 65% of the top 10%, you can be assured that this is a quality roof material. 39% of 5′ x 3′ playhouses (9 in total) use osb construction for the roof.

A 11mm thick roof boarding was used on this playhouse which is an about average thickness used for a roofing material out of 5 thicknesses identified on same-size playhouses [13]. It’s used on 5% of all playhouses with a further analysis of the top 10% of playhouses (17 in total) showing us that none of them use a roof of this thickness. 13% of 5′ x 3′ playhouses (3 in total) use a 11mm thick roof boarding, and when taking the average Expert Score of those 5′ x 3′ playhouses (71), the 6 x 5 Wooden Playhouse is just above the average with an Expert Score of 72.

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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. Even though the Expert Score of this playhouse is 5 points lower than that of the average for 5′ x 3’s floored with a tongue & groove material (72 vs the average of 77), you can be sure it’s not due to the flooring because this one of the highest scoring flooring materials available on 5′ x 3′ playhouses. 39% of 5′ x 3′ playhouses (9 in total) use tongue & groove construction for the floor.

A 12mm thick floor boarding is used here, this is one of the best floor board thicknesses according to our experts out of 5 found on same-size playhouses [15]. It’s found on 26% of all playhouses and used on 24% of the top 10% of playhouses. Even though the Expert Score of this playhouse is 2 points lower than that of the average for 5′ x 3’s floored with a 12mm material (72 vs the average of 74), you can be sure it’s not due to the flooring because this one of the highest scoring flooring thicknesses available on 5′ x 3′ playhouses. 26% of 5′ x 3′ playhouses (6 in total) use 12mm thick floor boarding.

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Height

The height of this playhouse is 1240mm (4′) which is 12% less than the average 5′ x 3′ playhouse, giving you 153.5mm (0.5′) less headroom.

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You Might Also Consider

We found 21 5′ x 3′ playhouses with comparable specifications. The 6 x 5 Wooden Playhouse has an Expert Score that is 8% lower than average and is £42 more 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 £865 with this 4′ x 4′ Shire Playhut Kids Wooden Playhouse. It is priced at £260, this is 333% less than this and has an Expert Score of 82, 10 points higher than the 6 x 5 Wooden Playhouse.

Highest Expert Score – With an Expert Score of 85 vs 72 for this product, the 4×4 Mercia Snug Childrens/ Kids Wooden Garden Playhouse is the best 5′ x 3′ playhouse with comparable specifications, and is priced at £290, that’s £835 less than the 6 x 5 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, Wendy Houses, Wooden Playhouses
Metric Size (Meters)
5' x 3'
Material
Wooden
Number of Windows
Has Windows
Door Type
Single Door
Cladding Type
Tongue & Groove
Cladding Thickness
12mm
Treatment Type
Untreated
Floor Material
Tongue & Groove
Floor Thickness (Imperial)
12mm
Floor Thickness (Metric)
12mm
Eaves Height (Imperial)
1240mm
Eaves Height (Metric)
1240mm
Ridge Height (Imperial)
1680mm
Ridge Height (Metric)
1680mm
Roof Material
OSB
Roof Thickness (Imperial)
11mm
Roof Thickness (Metric)
11mm
Height (Imperial)
1240mm
Height (Metric)
1240mm
Ridge Height
1.68m (5ft 6")
Eaves Height
1.24m (4ft)
Height
1.24 m
Width
179 cm
Base Size
1.79m x 1.19m +0.49m canopy (6' x 3' 11" + 1'7" canopy)
Door
single door with styrene safety glazing
Environmental Certification
FSC
Walls
12mm Tongue & Groove
Ce Certified
Complies with BS5664 EN71
Window Size (Metric)
nan x nan

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Expert Score 5858636360
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Material WoodenWoodenWoodenWoodenWooden
Cladding Thickness 12mm
Guarantee 10 Years10 Years10 Years10 Years
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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. Untreated: Any wooden structure that is left untreated will have its lifespan dramatically shortened. This is especially the case with Douglas fir or European softwoods such as Whitewood (spruce) or Redwood (Pine), most garden buildings sold in the UK are made from such wood.

The Wood Protection Association says that “the risk of attack increases significantly if the moisture content of wood, for any reason, rises above 20%” they also talk about how more lower durability cuts of wood (known as sapwood) are getting used to build with than in years gone by. They also say that “sapwood on the other hand is a source of food for many species of fungi and insects and is always vulnerable to attack.” This risk is particularly prevalent with European softwoods.

The BS 8417 code of practice (this advises on the choice of timber species and the use and application of wood preservatives) and BS EN 350:2016 (this advises on methods for determining and classifying the durability of wood and wood-based materials against biological wood-destroying agents) says the natural durability class of such European softwoods is between 3 and 5. With class 3 listed as moderately durable, class 4 listed as slightly durable and class 5 listed as not durable. All three classes have a service life of less than 15 years in a frequently wet environment (such as a UK garden). Yet the application of a preservative treatment or modification of lower durability species is designed according to BS8605 part1 (this is the British standards specifications for external timber cladding) to extend service life to 15/30 years or more.

Having a wooden garden structure supplied as untreated is relatively rare. The vast majority of wooden buildings are supplied with some form of basic treatment, usually a short term water based dip treatment. If you buy an untreated wooden building/structure then we strongly advise that you treat it annually with a solvent-based wood treatment. For full penetration it requires 2-3 coats. It is also recommended that you treat the inside of the structure as well.

If you are wanting something that will require much less maintenance throughout the products life cycle then we would strongly suggest looking at something that is pressure treated also known as tanalised timber.

By correctly treating timber you can take a sub 15 year service life for a not very durable European softwood and extend its service life to 15/30 years or more according to the Timber Decking and Cladding Association

2. FSC Certified Timber: The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international organisation that is “dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests.” When you see the FSC certification it means the forest where this wood was sourced from is being managed in a way that preserves biological diversity, while ensuring it sustains economic viability. FSC-certified forests are managed to strict environmental, social and economic standards. FSC certified timber is comparable to Certified Timber

3. BS5664 EN71: The BS 5664-3.11:1995 certification sets out the international standards for solventless polymerisable resinous compounds used for electrical insulation. If you see this certificate then you know the electrical insulation used meets with the British Standards Institution (BSI) specifications.

The EN71 certificate means that the childrens toy meets with the British Standards Institution (BSI) implementation of the European Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC, enacted in the UK as the Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011. 

4. EN71 Certified: If something has an EN71 certificate then it means that the childrens toy meets with the British Standards Institution (BSI) implementation of the European Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC, enacted in the UK as the Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011.

This explains how manufacturers should meet the requirements of the regulations, stating how toys should be manufactured and tested and the safety warnings they must carry. Areas the regulation focuses on are making sure toys cannot stab, trap, mangle or choke. Checking the fire safety of high-risk products such as play houses. Along with ensuring children aren’t at risk from elements such as lead, cadmium and mercury along with other potentially dangerous substances, such as solvents and preservatives. 

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

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

8. 5′ x 3′ cladding data sourced from: 23 5′ x 3′ tongue & groove playhouses 

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

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

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

12. 5′ x 3′ cladding thickness data sourced from: 12 5′ x 3′ 12mm playhouses 

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

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

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

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

Product ID: SKU: 37415

Size: 5' x 3'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 1

Mano Mano
£718.75
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Support WhatShed: by making a purchase after clicking a link above, a portion of the sale supports this site.