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Build a Dream Outdoor Wood Playset


There are a ton of reasons to build our own outdoor playset. You can customize it any way you want, you know exactly where the materials, hardware, and accessories are from, and you gain the satisfaction of building a play structure that your children will enjoy for years.

Here are a few books we recommend that include plans and step-by-step instructions for building your own playset, treehouse, swingset, or sandbox. 

Playset Design Books

Ultimate Guide to Kids Play Structures and Tree Houses: 10 Easy-to-build, Fun Projects
This is our favorite book. It only has 10 projects, but they are all excellent. They provide thoughtful plans and helpful photos to get everything done right.

Black & Decker Play Structures & Backyard Fun: How to Build: Playsets – Sports Courts – Games – Swingsets – More
Black & Decker is a top name for tools for DIYers. This book provides detailed instructions on making play structures, but also all of the tools and materials needed.

Backyards for Kids: Playhouses, Sandboxes, Tree Forts, Swing Sets, Sports Areas, and More
What makes this book so great is the sheer variety of projects they have available. This book is geared towards younger kids and makes for great inspiration.


DIY Playset

If you’ve got the space, the time and the tools, you can build this outdoor wood playset with the help of Mark and Theresa from

Mark & Theresa designed and built the custom wood playset for their two kids and fortunately for us, they are sharing the plans and materials list so we could build our own. This isn’t just any old playset. It’s multi-level and consists of two towers, a bridge, a playhouse, pergola deck, two swings, and a tube slide. It’s up to you to stain or paint this playset as you and your children see fit.

Download the plans
Download the materials


They’ve also put together a great series of videos to help walk you through the process of building the playset.

Mark & Theresa’s MyFixitUpLife: Real Wood Playset Edition Part 3 from MyFixitUpLife on Vimeo.

Not only do Mark and Theresa build playhouses but they do a ton of other projects which they share on their website as well as their weekly radio show. Check out for more details and we look forward to sharing more of their kid-friendly projects and information.