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20 best treehouse ideas for kids

For a child there is nothing more magical than tree house. There is nothing more terrifying as a parent, however, than the prospect of building one. Those treehouse design ideas and prefabricated options range from extremely simple to outrageously cool and complex, depending on how you can work a hammer (plus a few extra tools and supplies). But don’t worry, there are plenty of treehouse design ideas out there to inspire everyone’s inner child. Plus, they’re actually pretty enough to stay in the garden long after the kids have passed them (one of our treehouse ideas, for example, is a stylish, dreamy getaway to a holiday home. hosts).


Add a swing

This treehouse of Dutch design seems nice enough to live full time. It also comes with a looped slide and a simple swing.


Just add cushions

Keep it small and simple. This cute treehouse features a cute splash of mint green paint and transforms into a clubhouse with just a few striped floor cushions.


Log cabin

It doesn’t have to be on stilts to be a treehouse. On this property in upstate New York, designer Anthony Baratta embraced the atmosphere of summer camp and created a small log cabin hideaway among the trees.


Add a swing

Stay classic (and disjointed) with a rope swing! You can also add monkey bars if you are feeling ambitious.


Suitable for adults

This tiny oasis nestled in the trees and designed by Jill Morris is perfect for both a dream guest room or a bedroom with bunk beds and a daytime hideaway for the kids.


Wrap the porch

An exterior view of this dreamy one-room guesthouse designed by Jill Morris proves that a wrap-around porch isn’t just for the main house.


Make it a gazebo

Make it a raised gazebo instead of a treehouse. That way, it will still feel raised and grown up once the kids don’t want to play it anymore.


Give it a fairytale touch

This treehouse looks like something straight out of Hansel & Gretel, so it’s sure to spark the imagination (although hopefully a little less Grimm-esque from Brother).


Bring it inside

Just when you literally thought nothing would turn them on at bedtime, it happened. This dreamy nursery designed by Studio Life / Style proves you don’t need a garden to have an epic treehouse. Buy this Pottery Barn Kids Treehouse Bed for something similar.


Hang fairy lights

Fairy lights hanging from the trees will give an even stranger and magical feeling to the little ones and the adults.


Connect two together

The only thing better than having a treehouse in your backyard is having two treehouses in your backyard that are connected by a suspension bridge.


Copy a castle design

This treehouse in a backyard designed by Emily henderson take things up a notch. Instead of going with the classic treehouse setting, make it look like a castle.


Put it somewhere with a view

Placement is everything. The treehouse has the best estate overlooking the vineyard (the adjacent swing is for adults so they can enjoy the beautiful view as well).


Hut adjacent to the swimming pool

This play structure in a backyard by Studio Life / Style isn’t a treehouse by definition, but it’s just as fun, thanks to the adjacent pool and water slide. Plus, it’s on stilts, so it has the same high effect as a classic treehouse.


Put him on stilts

Don’t want to build a treehouse? Mimic the look with a wooden cabin on stilts. This one designed by Commune is the perfect oasis to get away from it all. Interiors feature a built-in loveseat, plenty of cushions and fascinating stained glass.


Prefabricated sandbox cabin

They will have the impression of being in the trees, without you worrying about their fall outside of the tree, if you go for a prefabricated play structure like this.


Super simple treehouse

It’s not fancy, but it will do the job without breaking everything in your body during the building process.

Get the tutorial on Capture the joy.


Treehouse with zip line

Your kids can feel like Tarzan swinging in the trees!

Learn more about Barbara butler.


Guided construction plans

Choose from a series of guides and blueprints to make the building process easier. Here are some great options.


Duplex treehouse

This two-level treehouse has double the potential for fun. Even as an adult I kind of want to climb this rock face.

Get the tutorial on Be a fun mom.

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