Good, better, best: Backyard playhouses your 7-year-old will love

Purchasing a backyard playhouse that your 7-year-old will love can be a little difficult, primarily because once you start shopping around, you realize that a lot of backyard playhouses out there are made with toddlers in mind. So how do you find an option that’s both large enough and engaging enough for your older child? 

To help you make the right purchase decision for your family, we’ve pulled together three best backyard playhouses that are available at a range of price points, in a range of styles, with a bevy of awesome features that every kid in your family will love, regardless of their age. 

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Good: Domestic Objects Playhouse 

This kids’ playhouse from Domestic Objects is the most budget-friendly on our list, and it’s also the most minimalistic and versatile. That’s because it’s a playhouse that can be used both indoors and outdoors, thanks to its soft, lightweight fabric material and its very portable design. The house shape features a roll-up fabric door and a few windows, as well as a peaked roof. It also comes in five different colors, so you can pick your child’s favorite, from a soft cream color to a vibrant hot pink. 

The playhouse is made from wood, PVC, and cotton canvas, and the canvas sheets are machine washable, so you can keep things clean and give them a wash before you bring the playhouse indoors for use during rainy days or winter months. 

What we love:

  • Fits up to three kids at once
  • Easy to assemble 
  • Comes with a carrying case 

Better: KidKraft Meadow Lane Market Playhouse

If you want something a little more traditional and with a lot of flair, you might like this option from KidKraft. This playhouse is built to look like a farm stand rather than a boring ol’ house and features a cute turquoise awning, chalkboard panels, flowers, and produce for a game of make-believe. It includes a separate bench seat that can be used with a table area outside the playhouse. 

The wood frame does require an adult’s assembly, but no extra tools are needed. Made for kids 3 and up, this is one of the best playhouses for kids that all of your children can love and enjoy. 

What we love:

  • Comes with lots of toy accessories
  • Sturdy canvas and wood build
  • Easy to put together

Best: Little Cottage Company Cape Cod Outdoor Solid + Manufactured Wood Luxury Playhouse 

If you really want to go all-out luxury, with a high-end backyard playhouse that will last for years and years of use, you’ll want to try this Cape Cod-style playhouse from the Little Cottage Company. Yes, it’s a little pricey, but you get a lot for the money.

The shed-size playhouse looks like a little Cape Cod home, with an adorable front porch, shuttered windows, and a faux chimney. You get the option to add and remove several features, like the exterior deck and painted rail, and the interior loft with ladder. You can even choose from a few sizes, from the smallest 4 feet by 6 feet option to the largest 8 feet by 12 feet option.

What we love:

  • Customizable
  • Weather-resistant
  • Fits four or more children, depending on chosen size

Create the play space of your child’s dreams   

Don’t wait any longer to start creating a backyard oasis for your children. After all, your child’s already 7 — who knows how long they’ll want to continue playing with their siblings in a space all their own? A backyard playhouse can spark their imaginations and give them a little privacy, and you don’t even need to break out the hammers and nails to make it happen. As you’ve seen from our list, you can go as simple — like with the Domestic Objects Playhouse — or as lavish — like with the Cape Cod Luxury Playhouse — as you want. 

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