Style and Design
A pretty wooden playhouse decorated in an appealing white finish with attractive purple trim, this Airwave children's cottage is ideal for indoor or outdoor use. It features an opening side window door with letterbox feature to the front and a visually appealing design guaranteed to delight the younger child. The playhouse comes equipped with its own wooden floor and the whole thing is nicely rounded off with the scalloped roof fascia. You can see it all in this great promotional video (video opens in a new window).
The cottage is constructed throughout in hard wearing Chinese fir wood. There's a wooden floor (which can be left out during the construction process if wished) and attractive black gate style hinges operate the door and opening window.
The playhouse measures 4'1'' x 3'9'' (124 x 115 cm). The height is 4'3'' (130 cm).
The wood of the playhouse is treated to help the playhouse to withstand the elements.
The cottage is delivered flat packed in two packages measuring 11.5 x 136 x 100 cm and 10 x 107 x 105 cm. Assembly time is estimated at 30 to 45 minutes for two people.
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We think this Airwave cottage is a delightful addition to the wooden playhouse market. It's ideal for the younger child - the manufacturer recommends ages 18 months to 5 years - and the cheerful colour scheme will undeniably make it a striking addition to your garden.
There's wooden construction throughout, including the floor - and this is something we normally like to see. The solid sheet floors you sometimes find in budget playhouses tend to be less durable and more open to attack by damp than real wood. In this case, however, we think that for drainage purposes it might be worth leaving the floor aside at the time of assembly if you are to be keeping the cottage permanently outdoors. The playhouse has an open construction and rain coming in through the unglazed windows is likely to collect on the floor and increase drying time when the sun comes out. You can always give it a try of course. The size and maneuverability of the playhouse means it should be a relatively simple operation to remove the floor at a later stage if you find it problematical. And the unglazed windows do of course have their advantages from the point of view of safety and ventilation.
The wood is treated and pre-stained which means you can put the playhouse together and into use just about as soon as it arrives. If it's kept permanently outdoors the finish will need maintenance from time to time and to prolong the life of the original finish it's probably worth thinking about applying a further clear finish e.g. lacquer or varnish at the outset. If you do decide to do this it's best applied before you put the playhouse together to make sure nothing's missed. And on the subject of assembly, we don't really see any pitfalls here at all. The cottage is supplied in pre-formed panels which easily screw together meaning you won't need much more than a screwdriver and perhaps a drill to put the cottage up. The estimated assembly time is 30 to 45 minutes for two people and we think this is probably just about right.
Any negatives? The Airwave Children's Cottage is what it is and we can't really find any grounds for criticism. It has an attractive, solid appearance and should give good service as long as the finish is properly maintained where necessary. It's billed as an outdoor playhouse but it's compact enough to be kept indoors as well if you have a reasonable amount of space so versatility can be added to its attributes. You just need to be aware that it's not wind and watertight. The windows are unglazed and the uncovered roof won't be fully waterproof either. Provided this isn't an issue for you, we think the Airwave Cottage compares well with other similar models on the market at the moment and customer satisfaction looks good too.