Style and Design
The Tulip is an appealing wooden playhouse constructed of quality materials in a traditional design. Measuring up at a compact 4'11'' x 4'11'' it's ideal for the smaller space but lacks none of the essential ingredients of a successful playhouse. The three windows ensure a bright interior and the clean lines, decorative door with its flower motif, verandah and classy looks are sure to delight.
The playhouse is manufactured in 12mm FSC approved shiplap tongue and groove boards. The roof comprises 8mm solid sheet board finished in roofing felt while the floor is formed with 10mm board mounted on 27 x 32mm floor joists running from front to back. For safety the windows are glazed with styrene.
The overall external measurements are 4'11'' x 4' 11'' with an internal play area of 4'8'' x 3'10''. The roof height is 5'0'' at the ridge and 3'11'' at the eaves. The door measures 3'7'' x 2'0''.
The Tulip is dip treated prior to delivery and requires a final protective coat to be applied at the time of assembly and maintained at regular intervals thereafter. Various DIY finishes are generally available at the time of ordering.
Options for the Tulip wooden playhouse will vary from supplier to supplier but will generally include an installation option, a choice of DIY protective or decorative finishes, an assembly tool kit to help with installation and perhaps a pre prepared base.
Unless an installation option is chosen the Tulip will be delivered flat packed will all necessary fittings and instructions ready for final assembly.
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A pretty 4' x 4' wooden playhouse, the Tulip has a number of attractive features including a scalloped, decorative fascia, flower motif and peephole in the door, small verandah to the front and pretty styled windows. Three windows ensure a nice bright interior and also make it easy to supervise play inside without being too obtrusive. The windows are all fixed, meaning they can't be opened on a hot day but that's to be expected in a playhouse of this size in this price range. We like the traditional lines which will add a touch of character to the garden as well as providing a popular space for play.
The build quality is more or less standard for an economy wooden playhouse. The 12mm tongue and groove shiplap cladding on 28 x 28mm framing will give a robust structure which, properly assembled and treated, should also have good weather resistance. The roof and floor are solid sheet osb which isn't ideal although both should perform adequately. We always feel real wood has better strength, durability and resistance to moisture than solid sheet osb so you will need to make sure that the roofing felt supplied covers the entire surface and we'd suggest you also test the floor for strength before erecting the playhouse. 10mm osb is a little more than the minimum specification and it should be reasonably well supported by the 27 x 32mm bearers. If it feels at all flimsy however, give some thought to installing additional support bearers at the time of assembly. The verandah floor does comprise real wood so we don't anticipate any issues there.
You shouldn't have too much difficulty putting the playhouse together. It's supplied in pre-formed and pre cut panels which screw together in a fairly straightforward manner. You'll need a few basic tools to do the job including a power drill with a 2mm bit to pre-drill the screwholes which will make the assembly process much easier and will help avoid unnecessary splits in the wood. You can see a copy of the instructions here (opens in a new window) to give you a good idea of what's involved and the tools you will need.
One thing you will have to bear in mind - and this is invariably a consideration with economy playhouses - is that the Tulip receives only a dip treatment prior to delivery. This is intended only to protect the timbers up to the point at which the playhouse arrives on your doorstep so you'll need to apply a final preservative/decorative finish. To benefit from warranty protection the manufacturer requires a suitable preservative to be applied within three months of assembly but we would actually recommend you do this before putting the building together. This will enable you to treat any areas - such as the floor bearers and underside of the floor - that might be difficult or impossible to reach once the playhouse is up. In addition, when treating or decorating tongue and groove panels it's easier to apply the finish to the joins if the panels are turned upside down first.
We think the Tulip is a good option if you're looking for a traditional wooden playhouse design with some nice features. We like the flower motif and peephole in the door and the decorative fascia and while the floor isn't tongue and groove, the joist mounted 10mm solid sheet floor shouldn't pose many problems. The Tulip is widely available and prices can vary quite a bit so make sure you check our price guide above to find a deal that's suitable for you. There are quite a few wooden playhouses on the market in a similar size, style and price range with very few differences between them of any great substance. Here we have in mind models such as the Poppy, the Cranberry, the Playaway and the Kitty. We think the wooden floored Playaway probably just edges things although the Kitty with its large opening window and tongue and groove flooring - all at a budget price - is right up there too. The slightly smaller Club is worth a look too.
So check out what's available and take your pick. Reported customer satisfaction with the Tulip is high and if it's your choice we don't think you'll be going far wrong. We've awarded it four wooden playhouse stars.