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Shire 7 x 6ft Crib & Bunk Wooden Playhouse with Double Side Door & Veranda

First Added - February 27 2022
Last Updated - August 4 2022 - 10 Data Points Updated - 3 Data Points Added
Reviewed & curated by a panel of garden building experts. Using methodology 1.1

Product ID: SKU: 147801

Size: 7' x 6'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 1

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£1,095.00
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75
Good Ranked in the Top 33% of Playhouses.
Position 61 of 188 Playhouses - Down 5 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 Shire 7 x 6ft Crib & Bunk Wooden Playhouse with Double Side Door & Veranda

The Shire 7 x 6ft Crib & Bunk Wooden Playhouse with Double Side Door & Veranda comes with an apex style roof, fit with double doors, is treated using a dip treated process [1], and makes use of fsc® certified materials. The 3 windows used on this particular 7′ x 6′ use a single glazed glazing material (Thickness was not specified).

Base material: european softwood

Certifications this product meets:

FSC certified timber[2]

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

2. 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.

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

Cladding

The european softwood cladding(walls) used here is an about average form of construction for playhouse walls out of the 3 types [3] we’ve identified on same-size playhouses, that you’ll also see getting used on 2% (4 of 175) of all playhouses analysed [4], and sadly not present at all on any of the 17 playhouses that make up the top 10% of playhouses [5]. In fact this is the only 7′ x 6′ playhouse you’ll find that uses a european softwood wall [6].

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Roofing

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 [7]. It comes fitted on 64% of playhouses and used on 88% of the top 10% of 7′ x 6′ playhouses. Even though you won’t find a mineral felt covering on many of the 7′ x 6’s (only 25% use it), the fact 88% of the top 10% use it, should give you confidence of it’s quality, even though the Expert Score of this 7′ x 6′ is 2% lower when compared to the average 7′ x 6′ playhouse that uses a mineral felt roof covering.

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Window

Single glazed windows come installed on this playhouse. As a glazing option, we rate it one of the worst out of the 2 glazing types found on 7′ x 6′ playhouses [8]. This particular type of glazing is used on 3% of all windowed playhouses with a look at the top 10% of playhouses showing us that none of them choose to install windows with this kind of glazing. Out of all windowed 7′ x 6′ playhouses this is the only playhouse to make use of single glazed windows.

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Height

The Height of this playhouse is 2390.0mm (8′) which sits right on the average height of all 7′ x 6′ playhouses.

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You Might Also Consider

We found 8 7′ x 6′ playhouses with comparable specifications. The Shire 7 x 6ft Crib & Bunk Wooden Playhouse with Double Side Door & Veranda has an Expert Score that is 1% higher than average and is £38 less expensive than average. If you are looking for the best value or highest expert scoring playhouses out of the 8 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 £415 with this 7 x 6 Shire Wigwam Childrens/ Kids Wooden Garden Playhouse. It is priced at £680, this is 61% less than this and has an Expert Score of 87, 10 points higher than the Shire 7 x 6ft Crib & Bunk Wooden Playhouse with Double Side Door & Veranda.

Highest Expert Score – With an Expert Score of 87 vs 77 for this product, the 7 x 6 Shire Wigwam Childrens/ Kids Wooden Garden Playhouse is the best 7′ x 6′ playhouse with comparable specifications, and is priced at £680, that’s £415 less than the Shire 7 x 6ft Crib & Bunk Wooden Playhouse with Double Side Door & Veranda.

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 2 playhouses that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
7 x 6 Shire Wigwam Childrens/ Kids Wooden Garden Playhouse
Mercia 4 x 10ft Snug with Tower & Slide + Swing Timber 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.
8 x 5′ 3″ Shopkeepers Playhouse
7′ 6″ x 6′ 7″ Hide Out Playhouse
6 x 7 Salcey Playhouse 28mm Logs To Walls

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 2 other options that will fill those needs.
7 x 6 Shire Wigwam Childrens/ Kids Wooden Garden Playhouse
Mercia 4 x 10ft Snug with Tower & Slide + Swing Timber Playhouse

Product Details

Building Type
Cheap Wooden Playhouses, Large Playhouses, Large Wooden Playhouses, Playhouses, Wendy Houses, Wooden Playhouses
Metric Size (Meters)
7' x 6'
Material
Wooden
Roof Style
Apex
Number of Windows
3
Door Type
Double Door
Treatment Type
Dip Treated
Number Of Doors
3
Glazing Material
Single Glazed
Roof Covering
Mineral Felt
Finish
Unpainted
Depth (Imperial)
8"
Depth (Metric)
2450.0mm
Height (Imperial)
2390.0mm
Height (Metric)
2390.0mm
Width (Imperial)
6"
Width (Metric)
2090.0mm
External Area Coverage
4.1 m2
Internal Area Coverage
3.49 m2
Weight
350 kg
Accreditations
FSC® Certified
Building Type
Playhouse
Window Size (Metric)
nan x nan

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Expert Score 7578707380
Price £860.00£1,475.00£1,829.00£1,560.00£830.00
Size 8' x 6'7' x 7'10' x 8'8' x 6'4' x 10'
Brand MerciaMerciaTraditionalMerciaMercia
Material WoodenWoodenWoodenWoodenWooden
Cladding Thickness 12mm12mm12mm
Guarantee 10 Years1 Years10 Years10 Years
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Joel Bird

Joel Bird

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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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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.

Wickes – 19576 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.
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. 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

4. Global cladding data sourced from: All european softwood playhouses 

5. Top cladding data sourced from: Top 17 european softwood playhouses 

6. 7′ x 6′ cladding data sourced from: 8 7′ x 6′ european softwood playhouses 

7. Roof covering types identified: mineral felt 

8. Glazing material types identified: single glazed, styrene 

Product ID: SKU: 147801

Size: 7' x 6'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 1

Wickes
£1,095.00
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Support WhatShed: by making a purchase after clicking a link above, a portion of the sale supports this site.