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DIY Clubhouse Play Set


Her Tool Belt
Her Tool Belt
Her Tool Belt
Her Tool Belt

A DIY play set is the perfect solution for hours of summer fun for the kids. This club house play set boasts a super fun turbo tube slide, swings, climbing wall and play area. Since it’s DIY, you can customize it for the look you want.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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    2. Step: 2

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      Assemble the base frame and bolt joints together with 3/8” x 6” bolts, make sure the base and walls are square.

    3. Step: 3

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      Install deck floor joists, spaced approximately 16” apart, secure with 2 ½” screws. Install the floor boards and secure with screws at each joist.

    4. Step: 4

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      Install the framing for the slide. Assemble and install the slide according to the slide instructions.

    5. Step: 5

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      Add framing for the windows and walls, install a railing around the top of the deck. Use 2 1/2" screws to secure in place.

    6. Step: 6

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      Cut the rafters and cut out a birds mouth and seat using a circular saw to gang cut the boards. Assemble the rafter and install on the railing, secure with 2 1/2" screws.

    7. Step: 7

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      If using wood shingles, install roof lath along the rafters. Install the wood shingles according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Otherwise install preferred roofing material.

    8. Step: 8

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      Add decorative beams to the front peak of the roof, secure with 2 ½” screws.

    9. Step: 9

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      Install the railing balusters along the open portion of the deck. Secure the balusters with 2 ½” screws.

    10. Step: 10

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      Build the ladder and secure the treads with 2 ½” screws. Build the climbing wall and install the plastic climbing rocks per the manufacturer’s instructions. Attach the ladder and climbing wall to the deck of the play set with 2 ½” screws.

    11. Step: 11

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      Add siding to the play set, I chose T1-11 plywood siding. Cut panels out of the siding sheets to fit on the play set frame, trace the window opening onto the back of the panel and use a circular saw or jig saw to cut out the window. Secure the panels to the frame with 1 5/8” exterior screws.

    12. Step: 12

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      Add trim to the windows with 1x3’s and 1x4’s. Secure the trim with 2” brad nails or screws.

    13. Step: 13

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      Build a door from cedar fence pickets, attach gate hardware to the door and install in door opening. Build 2 planter boxes out of cedar, drill holes in the bottom to drain water. Install the planter boxes below the top windows. Build 2 shutters for the lower large window and secure with 1 5/8” exterior screws.

    14. Step: 14

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      Assemble the swing set according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Attach to the playhouse or leave detached.

    15. Step: 15

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      To finish the play set, lightly sand the wood and prepare for paint or stain depending on your look. I primed and painted the playhouse. Make sure to seal the raw wood to help preserve it. Attach the steering wheel and telescope.

Comments (18)


  • This is AWESOME! Every kid's dream!
    By karen_atlanta, on June 1, 2015

  • Hours of fun and imaginative play ... a play set extraordinaire.
    By janicehintze, on June 2, 2015

  • What was the approximate price for all materials used?
    By BAMAWATERFOWL, on June 19, 2015

  • @bamawaterfowl I spent about $1300, all of the materials came from Home Depot.
    By Her Tool Belt, on July 10, 2015

  • The materials list doesn't specify, but is the lumber pressure treated? Or are you relying on the paint to withstand the weather? If so, how's your current play structure holding up? Also, it looks awesome! Great job!
    By Brian5177, on February 21, 2017

  • This thing is amazing! So I have a question, what exactly are the optional pieces for and what do you lose of you chose not to do the optional steps? I am referring to what is in the PDF not below. Thanks
    By mgomon, on August 9, 2017

  • you did a great job. i think we are going to replicate this for our kids.
    By Team Saefkow, on February 9, 2018

  • i just noticed your blueprints are not working :( can this be fixed?
    By Team Saefkow, on February 9, 2018
    • @Team Saefkow they have been fixed. Thanks for letting us know!
      By RYOBI NATION, on February 9, 2018
    • the link is gone :( and i cant get the picture for the material list to load. keeps saying error.
      By Team Saefkow, on February 10, 2018
    • Can you not see where it says "View Project PDF" under the project description?
      By RYOBI NATION, on February 12, 2018
    • im sorry it was my browser, was not letting me open the PDF. thanks for replying to quickly.
      By Team Saefkow, on February 12, 2018
    • Glad you got it figured out!
      By RYOBI NATION, on February 13, 2018

  • I want to add that I did this nearly the same as pictured above and I am not a carpenter, just handy :-) It came out awesome! I'd post pics but not allowed with comments.
    By mgomon, on February 9, 2018
    • Awesome! You can always upload your own project if you'd like to show the RYOBI Nation community!
      By RYOBI NATION, on February 9, 2018

  • Help me out here...I am not seeing where all 11 4x4s will be used?  I am only counting 6.  I am having my fence put in and was hoping to have them actually set the posts into the ground to make it extra sturdy.  Is that overkill?
    By EbbaRobb, on April 24, 2018

  • Does anyone know the height of the entire set? Ground to peak. Trying to find a set that is 10ft tall or less because of a crazy HOA rule.
    By Ddrake0005, on July 5, 2018

  • Thanks for sharing the design, I am putting the finishing touches on one in my back yard.  I had one lesson learned to add and a couple of mods that went well.  For the lesson learned, be mindful of your carriage bolt placement. A few steps after making the frame you will need to install the floor.  Four of my bolts partially interfered with the floor boards, I ended up notching the floor boards.  Other than that, you can add an additional 2X4 to the floor, it helps keep rain out of the bottom.  At the kids request, I added a floor to the bottom and enclosed the rear of the structure with a wall.  Finally, I opted for a corrugated metal roof.
    By DoctorNoGo, on September 30, 2018

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DIY Clubhouse Play Set

by Her Tool Belt
May 26, 2015
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A DIY play set is the perfect solution for hours of summer fun for the kids. This club house play set boasts a super fun turbo tube slide, swings, climbing wall and play area. Since it’s DIY, you can customize it for the look you want.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 3efde9b4 13af 4eca aad2 c3f5b0c4f42a

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 657a864e 9317 47b5 b7a0 ccf4347cf5fe

    Assemble the base frame and bolt joints together with 3/8” x 6” bolts, make sure the base and walls are square.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 7198284a e839 4739 8ab8 950b91b28a7d

    Install deck floor joists, spaced approximately 16” apart, secure with 2 ½” screws. Install the floor boards and secure with screws at each joist.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge 21ac1ec9 1189 4146 a728 65aacfc38350

    Install the framing for the slide. Assemble and install the slide according to the slide instructions.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge fb8d5492 033e 4f9c 9867 9c82f3fb7135

    Add framing for the windows and walls, install a railing around the top of the deck. Use 2 1/2" screws to secure in place.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge efa77165 240e 47e5 ae04 9c83da395de9

    Cut the rafters and cut out a birds mouth and seat using a circular saw to gang cut the boards. Assemble the rafter and install on the railing, secure with 2 1/2" screws.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge 3d7c26ca 9d4a 49be badc b34f5c9f6d56

    If using wood shingles, install roof lath along the rafters. Install the wood shingles according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Otherwise install preferred roofing material.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge e333e7ba eb21 4ab7 a3fc 3e49c3520092

    Add decorative beams to the front peak of the roof, secure with 2 ½” screws.

  9. Step: 9
    Huge 5e0c6684 d1fb 4cfa a3e3 1bb99e2f507e

    Install the railing balusters along the open portion of the deck. Secure the balusters with 2 ½” screws.

  10. Step: 10
    Huge e068b09b 0d42 487a 9048 7db104659025

    Build the ladder and secure the treads with 2 ½” screws. Build the climbing wall and install the plastic climbing rocks per the manufacturer’s instructions. Attach the ladder and climbing wall to the deck of the play set with 2 ½” screws.

  11. Step: 11
    Huge 65572712 5d07 4784 a565 8f83cd014e17

    Add siding to the play set, I chose T1-11 plywood siding. Cut panels out of the siding sheets to fit on the play set frame, trace the window opening onto the back of the panel and use a circular saw or jig saw to cut out the window. Secure the panels to the frame with 1 5/8” exterior screws.

  12. Step: 12
    Huge 386c7117 0568 42c4 b008 e44d79299874

    Add trim to the windows with 1x3’s and 1x4’s. Secure the trim with 2” brad nails or screws.

  13. Step: 13
    Huge 95b118f4 0592 49e3 a46c 3a4e94ab96d3

    Build a door from cedar fence pickets, attach gate hardware to the door and install in door opening. Build 2 planter boxes out of cedar, drill holes in the bottom to drain water. Install the planter boxes below the top windows. Build 2 shutters for the lower large window and secure with 1 5/8” exterior screws.

  14. Step: 14
    Huge da12967d b077 4949 bc1d 25ff69789ce8

    Assemble the swing set according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Attach to the playhouse or leave detached.

  15. Step: 15
    Huge 6156d96a 027d 4376 b12b 58b9def5d6c9

    To finish the play set, lightly sand the wood and prepare for paint or stain depending on your look. I primed and painted the playhouse. Make sure to seal the raw wood to help preserve it. Attach the steering wheel and telescope.