Ah, the tree house: a childhood dream we never entirely get over. Whether you want to share your experience of having a one-of-a-kind playhouse in the sky with your kids or are keen to build them the tree fort you always wish you had, you’ll find plenty of inspiration among these do-it-yourself design options.
Here are 13 of our favorite tree houses for kids.
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Layers of Fun
This two-story tree house from Living Edge Treehouses & Edible Landscapes featured on Houzz connects a simple tree platform to a raised shelter via a cargo net passage. It provides plenty of spots to sit and play. And it’s an ideal setting to hang out and catch the breeze on a warm summer day.Continue to 2 of 13 below.
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Toddler-Friendly Tree House
Although it may sit a little lower to the ground than your average tree house, this pint-size tree-stump palace spotted on Made With Happy will leave your little one on cloud nine. With a cheery yellow interior, clean blue-and-white striped curtains, and roughly a 3-foot drop to the grass below, it’s the perfect starter home for an adventurous toddler.Continue to 3 of 13 below.
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This rustic tree house featured on Houzz by Whitney Lyons incorporates organic materials and scrap lumber into a simple design that blends nicely into its garden surroundings. The best part is the bucket on a pulley. It's perfect for passing secret messages and other goodies to friends above.Continue to 4 of 13 below.
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Custom Tree Fort
Spotted on Houzz, this custom tree fort from Stout Design-Build is a childhood dream come true. The multi-deck tree house features swings, a slide, and even a rock-climbing wall. The hand-painted signs add a personalized touch, and you could even turn them into an art project with your kids.Continue to 5 of 13 below.
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Pallet Wood Tree House
Made entirely of repurposed wood pallets, this humble tree fort from Homesthetics cost only $30 to pull together. Add cushions, pillows, blankets, and a string or two of fairy lights, and you’ll have a comfortable hideaway that will entertain your kiddos all summer long. Plus, the pallets can be painted to further customize your design.Continue to 6 of 13 below.
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Simple Slat House With Modern Appeal
This contemporary reinvention of the classic tree house from Austin Outdoor Design and featured on Houzz boasts rich tigerwood slats and floating stairs. The look comes together with its elegant, modern steel frame. It's fun for the kids and a beautiful art piece for your yard.Continue to 7 of 13 below.
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With its clean lines, steel foundation, and corrugated plastic walls, this contemporary playhouse by Studio 30 Architects is almost sculptural in its beauty. It offers fun for the kids, along with aesthetic appeal for the backyard. Plus, its plastic walls keep the interior protected from the elements.Continue to 9 of 13 below.
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Double the Fun
This beautiful woodland tree house from Barbara Butler doubles the amount of aerial play space, thanks to its use of two neighboring trees. One tree holds a tree house while the other has an open platform for variety. And a cargo net bridge connects the trees and offers multiple ways to climb and play.Continue to 10 of 13 below.
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Simple Chevron Tree House
With its rustic chevron walls in multi-toned woods, this simple tree house by blogger Carrie Bloomston transforms reclaimed wood into an artful and visually interesting play space. Because the tree involved was too small to hold up a tree house, the family instead built a freestanding platform around it. The interior features a comfy spot to read and enjoy the nice weather.Continue to 12 of 13 below.
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Hobbit Hole Tree House
It may be tucked snugly against the ground, but this hobbit-inspired hideout from ghettocottage on Instructables still can count as a form of tree house. Built around the base of a tree and covered with a grassy roof, this sweet little house creates a beautiful place space for kids. Plus, it fits right in with its natural surroundings.Continue to 13 of 13 below.
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Texture-Rich Tree House
Cedar shake shingles and a corrugated metal roof add rich textural dimension to this simple plywood playhouse by Shannon of Dirt Digging Sisters. With no tree house-worthy tree in sight, the family had to improvise. They incorporated a sapling tree into their design that will hopefully grow into its new digs.