How to Build a Small Barn for Kids

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This small barn is a playhouse that kids will love. Its openness will make it popular with all of the neighborhood, and it is very attractive. The barn can be customized to suit your needs.


Use pressure-treated wood for the barn and galvanized roofing tin for the roof. The galvanized tin must be screwed to wood strips. The floor is an 8-by-8-foot square base that is covered with 1-inch-by-6-inch, 8-foot timbers that are pressure-treated floor boards. If you want the sides of the barn to overhang on the corners, make the barn floor 7-by-7-feet square.

Things You'll Need

  • 3-inch Phillips deck screws
  • Drill
  • Four 2" X 8' pressure-treated floor joists
  • Sixteen 1" X 6" X 8' pressure treated flooring timbers
  • Sixty-three 2" X 4" X 8' pressure treated timbers
  • Four 2" X 4" X 7' pressure treated corner timbers
  • One 2" X 8" X 8' pressure treated ceiling joists for ridge board
  • Eight 2" X 4" X 8' pressure treated roof rafters
  • Four bricks or blocks if needed
  • Brackets and wood screws to attach wall timbers
  • Saw
  • Hammer
  • No. 10 nails
  • Four 3 foot wide galvanized roofing in your choice of colors
  • 8 strips of wood or roof lavin 1" X 4" X 8'
  • Metal roofing screws
  • 1 1/2 wood screws
  • One 8 foot ridge cap
  • Select your playhouse location. Measure to see if your location will accommodate an 8' X 8' base. Cut 4 main flooring frame pieces of 2" X 4" X 8' pressure treated floor joists. These should be 8 feet long. Cut 4 center supports to be placed every 16 inches apart. Nail together the four 2" X 4" X 8' floor joists. Nail the center supports 16 inches apart inside the 8' X 8' square frame.

  • Build the flooring system directly on the ground or raise it onto bricks or blocks. Cut 16 timbers 1" X 6" X 8' and nail or screw to flooring system. If you plan to screw them to the floor, use 1 1/2 inch wood screws. If you nail the flooring, use No. 10 nails and a hammer.

  • For corners cut four 2" X 4" X 7' timbers and screw or nail to the floor base.

  • Cut 63 pieces of 2" X 4" X 8' timbers and drill holes to bracket to the three side walls. The front is open. To customize, you could add a support on two sides of the door opening. Locate the door where ever you choose across the front. Then measure from the corner to the door opening, cut 2" x 4 " siding and attach wall boards to the front of the barn. Using large hinges, attach them with screws to the door that fits your opening or leave it open.You might also want to include a window in the door.

  • Nail one 2" X 6" X 8' piece of pressure treated ceiling joist across the front at the top.

  • For the roof, cut 8 roof rafters to measure 4 feet with a 3 foot center rise. Subtract an additional 3/4 inch from the top angle where it meet the ridge board. Lay the rafters on a template on a flat surfact to measure. Use 2" X 4" X 8' pressure treated timbers to cut. Cut a 2" X 8" X 8' pressure treated ridge board.

  • Nail the ceiling joist to the top sides with No. 10 nails. If you prefer, you may screw the rafters to the ridge board together with wood screws.

  • Place roof rafters in this manner every 24 inches from front to back.

  • Nail the roof strips for the galvanized tin to the roof rafters. Use 1" X 4" X 8' inch strips and nail front to back to the rafters, letting it extend six inches for the over hang. Place the strips 24 inches apart.

  • Attach galvanized roofing to wood strips with metal roofing screws.

  • Attach a ridge cap.

Tips & Warnings

  • Start with a solid foundation. Level the site where your barn will sit. It may be placed on four bricks or four blocks or sit directly on the ground.

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  • Photo Credit Red barn image by Einar Bog from Fotolia.com
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