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Building a Treehouse

Updated on October 5, 2015

How to Build a Treehouse?

There are several things that are must to have in the childhood, among them is some kind of private little play area-- and all the better if it's a tree house. Of course a self-made tree house will be of special attraction for your kid. Knowing that your dad and mom did it with their hands and with love will make the toy house one of the central episodes of your kid’s childhood.

This article reviews different interesting and useful facts about tree houses. Here you will also find a general idea of what will be involved if you choose to build a tree house of your own.


Tree Houses

Normally tree houses are built on a tree (or trees), however, nowadays special tree house kits are available on the market. The interesting point about the kit is that it works without a real tree. Such a tree house is freestanding but, nevertheless, is of no less fun for the kids because it gives them a little privacy and a fun place to play.

The central concerns when building a tree house would be: safety, support, location, and design. A tree house construction project is not quite easy a task, but if you have some skills in building and construction doing the job with the whole family may be real fun.

Some materials you will need to build a tree house would include:

  • large beams
  • knee braces and cables
  • metal brackets
  • large bolts
  • tools


Building a Treehouse

Building a tree house is a complex undertaking and you should definitely make sure your building skills are up to par. The project can vary greatly depending on the types of building materials you have, the space you have available and how you want it to look.

Here, we will give you an idea of what building a tree house entails.

Step 1. Choose the right tree / trees. Although the tree should be big, with thick trunk and benches – it should not be too high; 10′ will be as far up as you want kids to go. The tree branches should be strong enough to hold the tree house with kids in it. The best trees for that are: maple, oak, hemlock, beech, and fir. Look for 4 key supporting branches on the tree.

To check how firm and safe your designed tree house base would be place weight (for example sandbags) on it for a couple of days. The load should slightly exceed the estimated house and kids weights.

Step 2. Make an overall tree house design on the paper. Try to consider all functional and practical aspects. How the tree house will affect the territory round the tree. Also there may be some legal issues involved. Make sure you will not violate any legal regulation with the tree house construction.

Step 3. Make all measurements for the tree framing. Draw the plan on the paper. Consider rigid frames, movement limitation in and on the branches. Triangle-shaped constructions have proved most effective – consider this aspect as well. Study all possible designs and nuances and compare to your needs and requirements.

Step 4. Depending on many factors you will need either flexible or fixed house base support. Fixed joints are used for solid trees, whereas the flexible (such as cables and metal brackets) for “moving” trees.

Step 5. Use knee braces for extra fixing the house if built on a single tree. Use cables where needed as they are effective for extra support.

Note: It is strongly recommended to use large bolts instead of nails for support. Try to make the treehouse design simple. Use wood that is not subject to easy rotting; seal it.

That is all important that we wanted to tell you about how to build a treehouse for your kids.

Building Nia's Treehouse


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      4 years ago

      cb - Genius!! Your kids will make so many great memories in their house that Dad built! Great place for your kids to dislpay seasonal decorations too i.e. jack o lanterns in the Christmas tree & lights etc

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      4 years ago

      Thanks AuthorCor-- I hope so! Have fun building it and enjoy!

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      8 years ago

      My son is going to love this. Great hub

    • shai77 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi Toyboyclip :-)

      Happy to see you here :-)

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      8 years ago from India

      I like to sit inside the Tree House while raining

    • shai77 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi Pamela :-)

      Glad to see you here.

      It is indeed a very nice house.

      It is a vid i found in youtube and i liked it as well.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Shaz, That is a very nice tree house. My husband build my boys one in a big tree but it wasn't quite that fancy. The boys had many hours of pleasure there anyway.


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