- Basic safety requirements
- Gable fabric hut
- Children’s hut “Wigwam”
- A hut made of branches and living plants
- PVC pipe frame tent
Not sure how to build a play hut for your child and his friends? Lost where to start? Our article discusses all the main types of hut designs and provides detailed installation instructions, following which you can easily cope with this task..
Everyone in childhood built fortresses from pillows and blankets. But these structures stood at most for a couple of hours. Children’s play hut is a much more durable structure, where the child can relax, develop and play both in the house and on the street.
Basic safety requirements
Parents should make sure that the playhouse is not only fun and cozy, but also safe. If a tree is used for the frame, then the bars need to be sanded and covered with paint or varnish so that the child does not accidentally drive a splinter. All attachments must also be hidden from children’s eyes and hands. The structure should not have sharp corners and hard materials (stones, metal).
A sufficient amount of air must flow inside the structure. If the hut is fabric – you need to make windows, if the house is covered with branches or spruce branches – gaps are required. For the same reason, you cannot cover the hut with foil..
Be sure to think about the correct location of the hut. Do not place it in drafts, away from adults and in the sun. There should be no objects and places potentially dangerous for children near the structure.
Gable fabric hut
This is the simplest construction of a hut. For very young children, a gable hut can be built by simply throwing a sheet or towel over a stretched rope. For slightly older children, a folding hut on a wooden frame is suitable.
Required materials for the frame:
- four pine blocks 25×50 mm, 1.2 m long;
- a round wooden rod with a diameter of 20 mm, a length of 1.2 m;
- drill with a feather drill with a diameter of 20 mm;
Awning materials and tools:
- fabric 1.2×2.2 m;
- sewing machine;
- linen elastic;
- Measure 15 cm from the top edge of each of the four bars. Mark the place with a pencil.
- Now you need to drill a hole with a diameter of 20 mm with a drill..
- When combining two bars, you need to make sure that the holes match.
- Now you need to push the round bar through both holes. The grip must be fairly tight for a secure fit.
- Pass the other end of the rod through the holes of the remaining two bars. Frame ready.
- The tarpaulin fabric should be folded 1 cm around the perimeter using a straight stitch. The required dimensions of the awning 1.1×2.1 m.
- Cut four pieces 10-12 cm long from a linen gum.
- Make a loop from each elastic band and sew in the corners of the awning.
- Now all that remains is to throw the fabric over the frame crossbar and fix it on the legs using rubber loops.
The hut of this design can be adjusted in height and width, it is easy to assemble and disassemble even for one person. It is also convenient because it takes up very little space when disassembled..
Children’s hut “Wigwam”
The frame for the “wigwam” can be long wooden poles, bamboo sticks or PVC pipes. The walls can be fabric – such a hut can be disassembled and stored for a long time. A disposable hut in the forest or in the country is covered with spruce branches, but such a shelter is short-lived.
To construct a “wigwam” made of fabric you will need:
- 4 PVC pipes with a diameter of 20 mm, a length of 1.7 m;
- 8 pipe caps;
- rope or lace for shoes;
- 5m heavy fabric 1.4m wide;
- fabric 1×1.2 m for pipes;
- The fabric should be cut according to the plan. All dimensions include 1cm allowances.
- First you need to put the edge of the upper part of the front wall 12.7 cm long.Also we sew the 91 cm sides of both lower elements.
- Now you can sew all parts of the front wall together.
- Now you need to hem the top edges of all three sides. Align them in height, place the bottom so that the final height of the side walls is equal to the height of the finished front wall.
- The fabric for the corner must be folded into a kind of loop-cover for the pipe. This cover is laid between the adjacent walls of the “wigwam”, and all this is sewn together. Do the same with the rest of the corners. The result is a ready-made awning.
- You need to step back 10 cm from the top edge of each pipe and drill a small hole.
- A string is threaded through the holes, which firmly ties all the pipes together. At this stage, an awning is put on the frame..
- The ends of the pipes are closed with caps, and that’s it – the “wigwam” is ready!
A hut made of branches and living plants
In order to build an original hut from living plants in the country, you just need to drive high poles into the ground in a circle – this will be a frame. Plant climbing plants such as clematis, morning glory or grapes around the frame. A clear drawback of such a hut is the long growth time of plants, so such a house will not be interesting for children..
You can build a willow hut faster, which will require many long branches (the longer, the higher the house). It is enough to simply drive the branches into the ground, and twist the tops tightly. To make the walls thicker, you can cover the vine with spruce branches or plain straw..
PVC pipe frame tent
A tent of this design occupies a large area, but it can accommodate an entire family. It is very lightweight, easy to install, and when assembled takes up little space.
Required tools and materials for the awning:
- sewing machine;
- thick fabric 2×3.5 m;
For the frame, PVC pipes with a diameter of 20 mm and plastic connectors are used.
- A – pipe 146 cm long, 3 pcs.;
- B – pipe 152.5 cm long, 2 pcs.;
- C – pipe 122 cm long, 2 pcs .;
- D – pipe 64 cm long, 4 pcs .;
- E – pipe 80 cm long, 4 pcs .;
- connector for pipes with a diameter of 20 mm, 4 pcs .;
- PVC elbow 45 degrees with a diameter of 20 mm, 4 pcs .;
- T-connector for pipes with a diameter of 20 mm, 4 pcs .;
- triple plastic pipe elbow, 6 pcs .;
- PVC fitting with male thread, 6 pcs.
Making a covering for a tent:
- Cut a piece of 1.6×3 m from the fabric, add 1 cm at the edges.This is the main covering of the tent.
- Cut three strips 10 cm wide and 140 cm long from the remnants of the fabric.Each short side of the strip must be tucked 1 cm. These are fastening strips, with their help the awning will be fixed on the frame.
- Fold the long sides of the strips by 1 cm and iron with an iron.
- Sew one edge of the strip from the inside of the base cover to the short side A. The second edge is sewn, stepping back 4 cm from the first. The same must be done with the fastening strip, which is located on the opposite side of the frame..
- To find the middle of the awning, you need to fold the canvas in half. From the fold line, retreat 2 cm in each direction and mark with a pencil. You need to sew the third strip here.
Assembling the tent frame:
- First you need to fasten the elbow and the T-piece together through the pipe connector.
- Now we will make six corners of 90 degrees: four for the bottom of the tent and two for the skate. To do this, you need to fix the fitting on the upper part of the triple angle.
- Further, assembling the frame is similar to assembling a children’s designer. First, the front and rear walls are assembled, then they are connected to each other by crossbars.
- The final touch – setting up the tent with the cover.
An older child can be safely involved in the construction of a hut. It is also very easy to keep small children busy: just give them bright colors, let them leave colorful handprints on the future covering of the house. Your child will be delighted with the hut, assembled and decorated with his participation.