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BillyOh Gingerbread Junior 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: 18832

Size: 6' x 4'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 1

Garden Buildings Direct
£449.00
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85
Good Ranked in the Top 42% of Playhouses.
Position 78 of 188 Playhouses - Up 78 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 BillyOh Gingerbread Junior Playhouse

The BillyOh Gingerbread Junior Playhouse holds a 10 Years guarantee and is fit with lockable stable doors that use a magnetic safety catch locking system. The 2 windows used on this particular 6′ x 4′ use a 1mm styrene [1] material.

Base material: european softwood

Our experts say this has 5 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. The tongue & groove cladding used on this playhouse is one the best available for playhouses rated by our experts.

4. 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.

5. 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 3 types [2] we’ve identified on same-size playhouses, that you’ll also see getting used on 35% (61 of 175) of all playhouses analysed [3], as well as being used on 47% (8 of 17) of the top 10% of playhouses [4]. You’ll also find the tongue & groove cladding showing up on 40% of 6′ x 4′ playhouses (10 in total) [5], and if we compare this item against those 10 we find it’s Expert Score is 8% higher than the average score for a 6′ x 4′ tongue & groove playhouse.

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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 [6]. This roofing material is used on 26% of all playhouses analysed, and 12% of the top 10% of playhouses. 32% of 6′ x 4′ playhouses (8 in total) use tongue & groove construction for the roof, with this product having an Expert Score 8% higher than the average in this regard.

A 11mm thick roof boarding was used on this playhouse which is an about average thickness used for a roofing material out of 7 thicknesses identified on same-size playhouses [7]. 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. 8% of 6′ x 4′ playhouses (2 in total) use a 11mm thick roof boarding, with this product having an Expert Score 13% higher than average.

Mineral felt is used as the roof covering, and out of 2 types identified on same-size playhouses [8], is said to be one of the best roof covering materials. It comes fitted on 64% of playhouses and used on 88% of the top 10% of 6′ x 4′ playhouses. 56% of 6′ x 4′ playhouses (14 in total) make use of a mineral felt material as a roof covering, with this product having an Expert Score of 8% higher than the average.

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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 [9]. This type of floor construction is used on 41% of all playhouses we analysed, and 24% of the top 10% of those playhouses. 44% of 6′ x 4′ playhouses (11 in total) use tongue & groove construction for the floor with this product having an Expert Score of 9% higher than the average.

A 11mm thick floor boarding is used here, this is an about average floor board thickness according to our experts out of 7 found on same-size playhouses [10]. It’s found on 3% of all playhouses and used on 12% of the top 10% of playhouses. Out of all 6′ x 4′ playhouses it turns out that this is the only one to use a 11mm flooring.

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Window

Styrene windows come installed on this playhouse. As a glazing option, we rate it one of the best out of the 2 glazing types found on 6′ x 4′ playhouses [11]. 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. 65% of 6′ x 4′ playhouses with windows (15 in total) use styrene windows, with this product having an Expert Score of 9% higher than the average.

The windows on this playhouse use a 1mm thick glazing, we rate this one of the worst thicknesses for window glazing out of 2 different thicknesses found on same-size playhouses [12]. Glazing this thick is found on 2% of all the windowed playhouses we analysed and our analysis of the top 10% of playhouses shows us that none of those 16 playhouses that make up the top 10% come with a glazing this thick. Out of all windowed 6′ x 4′ playhouses this is the only playhouse to make use of 1mm windows.

The 426mm x 445mm windows on this playhouse are 47% smaller than the average 6′ x 4′ playhouse. The window height is 445.00mm (2′) tall which is 29% shorter than the average 6′ x 4′ with 127.33mm (0.4′) less height. The window width is 426.00mm (1′) wide which is 14% narrower than the average 6′ x 4′ with 61.50mm (0.2′) narrower width.

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Doors

The door height is 941.00mm (3′) tall which is 31% or 291.50mm (1.0′) shorter than the average 6′ x 4′.
The door width is 586.00mm (2′) wide which is 3% or 18.50mm (0.1′) wider than the average 6′ x 4′.

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You Might Also Consider

We found 24 6′ x 4′ playhouses with comparable specifications. The BillyOh Gingerbread Junior Playhouse has an Expert Score that is 13% higher than average and is £134 less expensive than average. If you are looking for the best value or highest expert scoring playhouses out of the 24 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 £25 with this 5×5 Mercia Tulip Childrens/ Kids Wooden Garden Playhouse. It is priced at £430, this is 6% less than this and has an Expert Score of 82, 2 points less than the BillyOh Gingerbread Junior Playhouse.

Highest Expert Score – With an Expert Score of 90 vs 85 for this product, the 5 x 5 Shire Kitty Childrens/ Kids Wooden Garden Playhouse is the best 6′ x 4′ playhouse with comparable specifications, and is priced at £450, that’s £5 less than the BillyOh Gingerbread Junior 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.
5 x 5 Shire Kitty Childrens/ Kids Wooden Garden Playhouse
5×5 Mercia Tulip Childrens/ Kids Wooden Garden Playhouse
Palmako Felix 1.8m x 1.2m Childrens/Kids Cabin Luxury Outdoor 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 1 playhouses that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
5 x 5 Eyrn Wooden Playhouse with Apex Roof, Single Door and Window.

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.
5 x 5 Shire Kitty Childrens/ Kids Wooden Garden Playhouse
Palmako Felix 1.8m x 1.2m Childrens/Kids Cabin Luxury Outdoor Playhouse
6′ x 4′ Shire Hobby 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.
5 x 5 Shire Kitty Childrens/ Kids Wooden Garden Playhouse
5×5 Mercia Tulip Childrens/ Kids Wooden Garden Playhouse
Mercia 5 x 5ft Wooden Poppy Playhouse with Assembly

Product Details

Building Type
Playhouses, Wendy Houses, Wooden Playhouses
Metric Size (Meters)
6' x 4'
Material
Wooden
Number of Windows
2
Door Type
Stable Door
Cladding Type
Tongue & Groove
Treatment Type
Treated
Guarantee
10 Years
Locking System
Magnetic Safety Catch
Floor Material
Tongue & Groove
Glazing Material
Styrene
Roof Covering
Mineral Felt
Glazing Thickness (Imperial)
1mm
Glazing Thickness (Metric)
1mm
Floor Thickness (Imperial)
11mm
Floor Thickness (Metric)
11mm
Depth At Base (Imperial)
4'
Depth At Base (Metric)
121cm
Door Height (Imperial)
3'
Door Height (Metric)
941mm
Door Width (Imperial)
2'
Door Width (Metric)
586mm
Roof Material
Tongue & Groove
Roof Thickness (Imperial)
11mm
Roof Thickness (Metric)
11mm
Width At Base (Imperial)
6'1"
Width At Base (Metric)
186cm
Internal Depth (Imperial)
3'10"
Internal Depth (Metric)
117.2cm
Internal Width (Imperial)
5'11"
Internal Width (Metric)
181.4cm
Door
1 x Stable Door
Window Size (Imperial)
426mm x 445mm
Window Size (Metric)
426mm x 445mm
Eaves Height Including Floor (Imperial)
3'5"
Eaves Height Including Floor (Metric)
104.5cm
Ridge Height Including Floor (Imperial)
4'9"
Ridge Height Including Floor (Metric)
143.9cm
Door Size (Imperial)
586mm x 941mm
Door Size (Metric)
586mm x 941mm
Internal Eaves Height (Imperial)
3'4"
Internal Eaves Height (Metric)
100.6cm
Internal Ridge Height (Imperial)
4'7"
Internal Ridge Height (Metric)
139.1cm
Supplied With Fixtures And Fittings
Instructions, Felt & Fixings Supplied
Decking
No
Suitable Age Range:
Not suitable for children under 36 months
Factory Basecoat Treatment
Red Cedar Water Based Treatment for Transit
Safety Approved
EN71 - For Domestic Use Only
Max User Weight (Metric)
g
Toy Type
Wooden Playhouse
Billyoh Range:
4000

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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.

Garden Buildings Direct – 1284 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.
ManoMano UK – 922302 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.
Shedstore – 1373 products checked, found no matches.
Tiger Sheds – 635 products checked, found no matches.


1. 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. 

2. Cladding types identified: shiplap tongue & groove, tongue & groove, wood 

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

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

5. 6′ x 4′ cladding data sourced from: 25 6′ x 4′ tongue & groove playhouses 

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

7. Roof thickness types identified: 8mm, 11mm, 12mm, 16mm 

8. Roof covering types identified: mineral felt, styrene 

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

10. Floor thickness types identified: 10mm, 11mm, 12mm, 16mm 

11. Glazing material types identified: single glazed, styrene 

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

Product ID: SKU: 18832

Size: 6' x 4'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 1

Garden Buildings Direct
£449.00
See Deal

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