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Kids Outdoor Hideaway



Summer is for playing outside. Our kids spend hours in our backyard in the summer months so we wanted a place where they can play make believe, relax, or just hide away. This kids hideaway is a super easy build even for a beginner.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

      Measure plywood sheet to 4x6. This will be the floor of the hideaway structure.

    2. Step: 2

      Cut plywood sheet to 4x6 with circular saw.

    3. Step: 3

      Cut (4) 4 ft pieces and (2) 6 ft pieces for floor frame

    4. Step: 4

      Build out floor frame by attaching 2x4s with screws

    5. Step: 5

      Drive 3 inch wood screws into the 2x4s with drill.

    6. Step: 6

      Attach the 4x6 plywood sheet to the frame using the 3 inch wood screws

    7. Step: 7

      You'll build the wall of the hideaway in the same way - only it will be 4x4 instead of 4x6. Frame out using (4) 4 ft 2x4 then attach the 4x4 plywood sheet.

    8. Step: 8

      To create a window - cut out a rectangle using a circular saw. This window cut out was approximately 12x18 in.

    9. Step: 9

      Frame out the window using 1x2s.

    10. Step: 10

      Attach the frame using a brad nailer.

    11. Step: 11

      For the back - you'll need to cut a 6 ft plywood board to have an angled edge. To create the angle - measure two feet up on the left side of the 6 ft plywood board. From that point - take a straight edge and draw a line to the top of the right side of the board. Then, cut along that line with a circular saw.

    12. Step: 12

      We painted the pieces before assembling. To assemble - attach the three pieces together with 3 inch wood screws. We attached the bottom to the right side from the bottom and attached the back along the bottom and on the right edge.

    13. Step: 13

      Place velcro along the top to attach the canopy top. Also add velcro along the back angled edge.

    14. Step: 14

      To get the canopy to hang a little nicer - we added a single post using a 2x2 baluster and some angle fasteners. Then, added velcro to the post as well.

    15. Step: 15

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  • What a fun project! We bet your little ones love it!
    By RYOBI Nation, on July 14, 2017

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Kids Outdoor Hideaway

by makinghomebase
Jul 02, 2017

Summer is for playing outside. Our kids spend hours in our backyard in the summer months so we wanted a place where they can play make believe, relax, or just hide away. This kids hideaway is a super easy build even for a beginner.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1

    Measure plywood sheet to 4x6. This will be the floor of the hideaway structure.

  2. Step: 2

    Cut plywood sheet to 4x6 with circular saw.

  3. Step: 3

    Cut (4) 4 ft pieces and (2) 6 ft pieces for floor frame

  4. Step: 4

    Build out floor frame by attaching 2x4s with screws

  5. Step: 5

    Drive 3 inch wood screws into the 2x4s with drill.

  6. Step: 6

    Attach the 4x6 plywood sheet to the frame using the 3 inch wood screws

  7. Step: 7

    You'll build the wall of the hideaway in the same way - only it will be 4x4 instead of 4x6. Frame out using (4) 4 ft 2x4 then attach the 4x4 plywood sheet.

  8. Step: 8

    To create a window - cut out a rectangle using a circular saw. This window cut out was approximately 12x18 in.

  9. Step: 9

    Frame out the window using 1x2s.

  10. Step: 10

    Attach the frame using a brad nailer.

  11. Step: 11

    For the back - you'll need to cut a 6 ft plywood board to have an angled edge. To create the angle - measure two feet up on the left side of the 6 ft plywood board. From that point - take a straight edge and draw a line to the top of the right side of the board. Then, cut along that line with a circular saw.

  12. Step: 12

    We painted the pieces before assembling. To assemble - attach the three pieces together with 3 inch wood screws. We attached the bottom to the right side from the bottom and attached the back along the bottom and on the right edge.

  13. Step: 13

    Place velcro along the top to attach the canopy top. Also add velcro along the back angled edge.

  14. Step: 14

    To get the canopy to hang a little nicer - we added a single post using a 2x2 baluster and some angle fasteners. Then, added velcro to the post as well.

  15. Step: 15