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The Bunny Wooden Playhouse

Size;  4' x 4' (1.20 x 1.20m)

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Price from £629.20

The Bunny Wooden Playhouse

Style and Design
A traditional 4'x4' wooden playhouse of substantial construction with a single glazed door and ridged roof, the Bunny wooden playhouse provides an ideal garden den for every child, encouraging them to play outdoors with their friends.  A best seller.
The Bunny is constructed of  12mm tongue and groove cladding on a 34 x 34mm frame with a 12mm OSB solid sheet floor and roof, the latter covered in roofing felt.  The windows are glazed in 1.5mm styrene and the door secured by magnetic catch.
The overall size of the building is 4'x4' with an eaves height of 3'9 and a ridge height of 5'1.  The single door opening is 1'8''x 3'3''.
The Bunny wooden playhouse is treated on both sides with a honey brown industrial treatment prior to delivery.  A decorative coat should be applied at the time of assembly, or within three months thereafter, and maintained regularly.
The playhouse is delivered flat packed  ready with all necessary fixings and instructions ready for assembly.
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Our Verdict
The Bunny is one of the most widely available wooden playhouses for smaller children in the UK today - and there's good reason for this.  It features a compact practical design and, we think, attractive, traditional appearance.  The build quality looks good too.  The 12mm cladding mounted on a 34 x 34mm frame should give you a robust and rigid structure, well able to withstand the rough and tumble of play.  The large windows in the door and front elevation will allow plenty of light to the interior and the Bunny's opening window is a feature absent from many playhouses in this price range.  Not only will the window provide valuable ventilation on a hot summer's day but by leaving it slightly ajar out of season you can help avoid the build up of condensation in the interior in cold, wet weather.  Ventilation is incorporated into the Bunny's design - but an opened window will usefully augment this.

Although we prefer a wooden floor, the 11mm solid sheet flooring supplied with the Bunny is a decent thickness and should be perfectly adequate for purpose.  Do however make sure that it is slightly raised above ground level and not left in a wet location as OSB solid sheet is susceptible to damage from damp ground.  Similarly the 8mm solid sheet roof is about what you would expect to find in a playhouse of this size and price and we wouldn't expect problems provided the felt covering is correctly applied.

Assembly of the Bunny looks to be reasonably straightforward for the average diyer although there is some very basic woodwork involved including some cutting to install the door.  If you have any concerns here you can see the full instructions here (opens in a new window) to make sure everything is within your capabilities before ordering.  Note that the window glazing material doesn't come pre-installed and this will have to be done with care to avoid scratching the styrene.  We do actually prefer delivery of the glazing separately with its protective film intact as in our experience pre-installed windows are more likely to sustain damage during transit.  The instructions are pretty comprehensive, even down to the directions for decorating/treating the timbers prior to assembly.  The playhouse will arrive pre-treated with a basecoat only and it is essential that a further decorative/preservative treatment be applied to avoid the deterioration of the wood when exposed to the elements.  This should be done at or prior to the time of assembly - ideally before the various parts are put together as some parts of the playhouse will be difficult to reach once it has been assembled.  Pay attention to the advice to place the walls upside down while painting to make sure the treatment runs into the tongue and groove joints and in particular, make sure the supplied floor bearers and underside of the floor are thoroughly treated with a suitable preservative before installation as this will be next to impossible at a later stage.

Safety is addressed in the case of the Bunny in the use of virtually unbreakable styrene to glaze the windows and piano style hinges to help avoid little fingers becoming trapped.  In addition the door is secured by a non-locking catch.  

In our view, the Bunny's main appeal is in its simple yet attractive appearance and budget price.  You will have to spend a little time putting it together and making sure it is properly decorated/preserved - it isn't a case of just opening the box and putting it up.  In addition, there may be a few rough edges to smooth off - wood is a natural material after all and 12mm cladding can be prone to splits, cracks and warping so there may be a little filling or 'persuasion' involved at the time of assembly.  This is nothing out of the ordinary with this type of building and shouldn't come as any surprise, particularly given the Bunny's budget tag.

As for alternatives? Well, if you like the Bunny it's definitely also worth having a look at the similarly designed and sometimes cheaper Little Lodge as well.  The more expensive Charlie is a slightly different design but offers a similar size with pressure treated wood.  You don't get an opening window with the Little Lodge or the Charlie though.

Taking everything into account, we've awarded the Bunny 4.5 Wooden Playhouse stars.  We think it's one of the best you'll find for the size and price.  Be warned though that prices vary widely - do check our price guide to make sure you get a deal that's right for you

   opening window

  robust construction

   assembly may be a little fiddly

   basecoat only applied
Our Star Rating
(4.5 out of 5 stars
Review by the Wooden Playhouse Guide)

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