Build A PVC Playhouse For Under $50

Over the weekend, I decided to build a playhouse for Levi out of PVC pipe. I wanted something that he could play in outside or indoors, and I didn’t want to spend a lot of money to make it.

How To Build A Play House


Materials for the PVC playhouse structure:

  • 7 – 10ft lengths of 3/4” PVC pipe ($15.26)
  • 8 – 3/4” x 1/2” side outlet ($14.88)
  • 8 – 1/2” x 3/4” male adapter ($6.96)
  • 4 – 3/4” tee ($1.88)
  • 2 – 3/4” PVC 45 Degree elbow ($0.72)

Total Material Cost: $39.70

I suppose I could have said this DIY PVC playhouse project could be made for under $40, but I figure once you throw in a few dollars for sales tax, it’s more realistic to say you can make it for under $50.

You can save time by having your local hardware store cut your PVC pipe to the correct lengths for you. My local Home Depot rocks (I have to give a shout-out to Bill in the Appliance Department of the Brooklyn Park store – he came over to help me get down the PVC pipe because he saw me struggling from across the aisle, and even helped me get it all carried out to my car). If you’re doing the cuts yourself, you’ll need a saw of some sort to cut through the PVC pipe.


Step One:

Cut your PVC pipe to the correct lengths (either have the store do it or do it yourself at home). You’ll need the following lengths to make a 5’ x 5’ playhouse with a roof:

  • 6 – 5’ lengths (base and two top sides)
  • 4 – 44” lengths (vertical sides)
  • 2 – 27’ lengths (middle of two sides connected to roof)
  • 4 – 15 1/2” lengths (to complete the sides connected to the roof)
  • 4 – 32 1/2” lengths (roof)

Step Two:

Assemble your structure. Use the 3/4” x 1/2” side outlets for the corners. I couldn’t find a 3/4” x 3/4” x 3/4” side outlet fitting, so I bought the 3/4” x 1/2” ones instead, which means you also have to attach the 1/2” x 3/4” male adapter to make all 3 connector ends 3/4”.

Base Assembly

Use the 5’ lengths to create your base. Use the 44″ lengths for the vertical sides. The top of the structure will use two of the 5’ lengths for opposite sides, and the remaining sides will use one 27” and two 15 1/2” lengths per side. Use the 3/4” tees to connect the roof pieces to the top sides, and the 45 degree elbows to connect the roof pieces at their peaks.

Assembled Frame

Step Three

Add a cover. I upcycled some old t-shirts to create my cover. I cut off the sleeves and necks and sewed them together into a patchwork pattern. Then I used some old sheets to create a roof and front entrance. I still have some sewing to do to complete the project, but since the kids wanted to try it out, I just safety pinned everything in place for the meantime.

Back view:

Play House Exterior

Front view:

Finished Play House

I’ll try to remember to post photos once I finish sewing the fabric cover properly. I’m thinking about adding a real roof, too, but we’ll see how ambitious I feel 🙂


  1. That’s so neat! I love that it’s so easy to put together and light enough to bring inside for rainy days or storing!

  2. We made one of these around the same time you were doing yours I think, and the girls LOVE it. We use it as a reading nook lol.

  3. This would be great for the kiddos to play with during long camping trips too! Something you could break down and take with you.

  4. wow that really dose look fun to make and inexpensive for the grandkids

  5. Sarah Welte says:

    Way to go! That is awesome! I love the step by step instructions. I will have to show this to TJ. He will be impressed.

  6. This is really awesome! It would be perfect here because I’m a failure at making pillow/blanket forts for my littles.

  7. PVC pipes are really great. I love your design. Last summer we made marshmallow shooters out of some and had fun.

  8. Chelsea Saulpaugh says:

    Great idea! I love that it is so inexpensive and I’m sure the kids would love it. I may try this out.

  9. That is really cool. I would love to make one for the kids. That may be a craft project to do in the future.

  10. So much fun! I have been thinking about making the boys one for their room they have a little nook that I think would be perfect for this!!!

  11. wow. this is so neat.

  12. Looks great… and I am sure Levi will enjoy this for a long time. Good Job!!

  13. thats really neat. If i had the room id make one for the kids 🙂

  14. How creative! =]

  15. Such a cool idea! Love it

  16. Wow! I guess I could try to tackle this since all the measurements are right here in plain english. What a great project. You are so making me want to be a project chic.

  17. Vallon E. says:

    That’s really cool! Would be perfect for my younger cousins to play in!

  18. That looks so cool. My son would love something like that. Question – does it need to be bolted down, or is it sturdy enough on its own?

  19. Michelle S says:

    Cute idea! thanks for posting this. I will have my husband get right on one hehehe.

  20. Britni Bradford says:

    what fun

  21. That is so awesome. Great job.

    I’m going to have to show this to my husband and see if we can make one for my kids.

  22. awesome, and it looks so easy

  23. Betty Baez says:

    I think it looks awesome, where did you even get the idea to make it out of PVC?

  24. Caitlyn Kegney says:

    This is fantastic! I’ve been needing a tent structure for a while now, but wasn’t sure where to start, and I didn’t want to shell out $100+!

  25. What a great idea — will have to try this one!

  26. this looks like an easy project! and so much fun for the kids 🙂 thanks for the idea!

  27. Jessica P. says:

    That’s so awesome! I think I’ll make one a little bigger, and give myself a shady spot to sit in in the

  28. What an awesome idea! I would love to have had this as a kid 🙂

  29. Julie O'Brien says:

    this is such a great idea thank you

  30. r hicks says:

    Wow! I am amazed at what can be done with this material. Great way to make something inexpensively for the kids

  31. How cute! This is really neat & inexpensive way!

  32. This is freaking awesome!!!!! And you used some stuff you already had and that makes it even better and even more eco-friendly! Thanks for sharing!

  33. michelle oakley warner says:

    this is the coolest idea, it has me thinking what else i can make with pvc, thank you so much for the idea, i love it

  34. How did you attach the covers? I made one for my children and put a tarp over the top and got a big medium duty drop cloth to use for”the walls” but no idea how to attach it?!

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