8 Kids Clubhouses You Never Want to Outgrow

So many memories are made in the backyard. Every kid craves a little place of his or her own—a place to imagine and invent, plot and plan. A clubhouse is the perfect setting for all of childhood's dream making. You can buy one for the equivalent of downpayment on a car. Or, you can DIY one that's customized for your kiddo's capabilities and interests. Create a tree house, book nook, hideout, or fort—or maybe a little of each. There's a design to fit every family and physical location. Check out some of our favorite DIY clubhouse designs. Any one of them will keep the kids playing for hours.

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  1. Swing Time

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    A swing set and clubhouse are what backyard dreams are made of. This DIY version is custom built for a sloped backyard, and is made of decking lumber from a big box home improvement store. There's a childhood's-worth of adventures to be had, secrets to be shared, and memories to be made here.

    ourfifthhouse.com

  2. Converted Closet

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    Wow! Clubhouses are not just for the outdoors. The facade of this indoor playhouse is merely the entrance to a large walk-in closet, outfitted as a play room. Beadboard and banisters come together for a beautiful front porch, that leads to the fun that waits inside.

    allthingsheartandhome.com

  3. Elevated Delight

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    This elevated clubhouse hideaway is perfect for planning adventures, creating treasures, and even spying on the neighbors. With a slide as an escape route, and a picnic table for snacks, your kids could very well spend all day in your backyard. And when they're not there, you can kick back to enjoy the breeze and a book.

    thehandmadehome.net

  4. Tree House

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    What kid doesn't dream of living in a tree house? This clubhouse, built among the trees, complete with hammock, skylight, and chalkboard wall, is a kid's real life fantasy. They just may stay out there all summer.

    modfrugal.com

  5. Backyard Getaway

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    With moderate woodworking experience, you can construct this sweet backyard getaway, complete with stud walls and working windows. It requires standard decking, framing, and roofing construction, and features a custom door and skylight. It's more labor intensive than other designs, but well worth it for the result.

    momthebuilder.net

  6. Adorable Annex

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    Built with scraps leftover from the main residence, this playhouse boasts a loft that's just right for sleepovers. Putting the extra effort into a clubhouse interior is a small price to pay for hours of imaginative entertainment.

    fynesdesigns.com

  7. Secret Under Stair Hideaway

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    Little kids tend to gravitate to small spaces. A mini closet under the stairs is ideal real estate for a secret hideaway for reading or play. This one is decorated with bold stenciling and wall art made from dollar bin bags stretched over square canvases.

    fancyfrugallife.com

  8. Interior Art Nook

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    Creating an interior art nook like this is as simple as building out two short walls on one side of a room and topping them with a little A-frame roof. The design is in the details, with beadboard and cedar shakes, bringing warmth and charm to this tiny artist's studio.

    djsinteriordesign.com

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