20 Simple Tree House Plans and Design To Take Up This Spring

If you really want to make the kiddos of the house happy, then you’ll want to start sifting through some tree house plans and deciding on which project you’ll want to conquer. The springtime is the perfect time to begin construction and the family can enjoy it throughout all summer and fall. Below you’ll find 20 different designs to check out and get started on by the weekend.

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This design from Instructables is a true treehouse. But don’t worry, you can do it! You may need a little help and a lot of wood variations from your local hardware store but it’s certainly possible. There’s also a lot of room for personalization here in terms of paint jobs or even getting the kids up there once the foundation is sturdy and having them add their own creative spin to it.

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Insteading has these gorgeous plans featured as well. This is nearly a luxury treehouse in our opinion with its size and stylish, textural scene. What’s important here is that you choose the right tree and a set of plans that’s within your skill range (as this tutorial states) – because safety is the most important piece of this entire puzzle.

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This epic treehouse was built in six months with a lot of power tools. So, if you have the necessities already, keep reading. Just remember when you’re going over materials lists, to order extra lumber and always have extra hardware as well. Again, we found the plan for this one on Instructables.

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This design utilizes both sides of the tree and we’re especially drawn to its fun “beware” sign. If you visit  Instructables you’ll be guided through the process of its creation within sixteen steps. Those steps include: mounting the main supports, laying out the platform, attaching those supports, and more.

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This house is reminiscent of a cabin in the woods, don’t you think? We love the darker wood and the green shutters that compliment it. This one even has a lengthier balcony for the kids to enjoy. Again, what’s most important here will be the foundational elements of the design so make sure you spend a lot of time in the planning and prepping process before mounting.

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Here’s a simpler treehouse design for you all to tackle. Take a look at Popular Mechanics for the complete plans. But, be prepared to not have to use as many nails as some of the other designs. You’ll start off by suspending the floor joists and fastening the floor. And you’ll eventually move on to add the railings.

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We are absolutely in love with this colorful beauty from The Classic Archives. And thankfully, this deluxe treehouse has some free plans online that you can follow -after you find the perfect tree, of course. It includes complete shopping lists (materials, hardware, and lumber) as well as how to add some bunk beds inside!

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Made with Happy has a great design that’s both a treehouse and a playhouse. If you don’t have the sturdiest of trees in your yard, this is definitely a nice route to take. There’s some height for the same feel of a treehouse but without the worry of safety. This is also a very cost-conscious project so if you’re looking for something more budget-friendly then take a closer look here.

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Here’s another simpler design without all the “luxuries”. It’s very similar to design to the minimal plan we saw above, except the railings here were made with rope. If the kiddos like the look of this one, we say go for it! Just make sure that rope is nicely knotted for safety concerns.

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There are three main components to this treehouse plan and it includes the ladder, the foundation, and the roof. Village Custom Furniture walks us through some of the smaller details but just remember to have that extra lumber bought for these kinds of designs – especially when installing it into your backyard because every tree really is different.

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This one is the pirate hideout and we think the kiddos will definitely want to spend their afternoons inside. Instructables features all 9 steps (yes, only 9) in its makings. From the foundational support to outlining the frame, this is a great plan to guide yourself through.

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Kristen Duke has a treehouse that sits a bit lower than some of the other designs – for nervous parents, this is a great plan! The foundation of this one really comes from the ground which will make builders (especially novices) more comfortable. It would also look amazing with a coat of fresh paint!

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The Handmade Home made a handmade hideaway that we find charming and delightful. This one even the parents will want to slip away to and enjoy the afternoon. And we can easily envision the kids enjoying some afternoon reads or private convos with friends throughout the summer months.

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This one is a treehouse and playset all in one! If you want to let the kiddos be spoiled with a bit more luxury, this is the way to go. Not only will you be buying lumber for this one, but you’ll want to invest in some playground equipment as well – and pay attention to how to install them safely. {found on imgur}.

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Here’s another “luxury” treehouse home to gather inspiration from. Complete with a walking balcony, windows, doors, and colored shutters, if you really want to spoil the family, this is a way to go as well. Again, you’ll want to make sure you have the right kind of tree – specifically a double trunk – that will support the foundation in the right ways (before installation).

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Popular Mechanics gives you plenty of different ways to build a treehouse. From the floorboards to the ladder, it’s really important to follow directions closely, even if you go with a more simplistic design. But these general guidelines are good to follow no matter if you’ve decided to go with or without the “extra” additions like a roof and windows!

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We’re really digging this “modern magic” from Dornob. Apparently, this particular build is really sturdy as it stood the test of a snowstorm. This contemporary design was made by using palettes as the frame inside of smaller pieces of lumber. Standard-sized beams were also included for extra supports.

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This one is truly a mini house in the sky. Construction workers and builders alike will have a definite advantage when deciding what can happen in their own backyards. You can even install standard-sized windows and doors to make it even more functional.

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We’re not sure if this is a treehouse or more of a tree ledge, but either way the kiddos will love it. Check out all the know-how at Apartment Therapy but in the meantime, you can take a look at the pic and get a good idea on how to go about replicating the design. Grab some scrap wood, pick a sturdy tree, and whip up something in an afternoon or two for the little ones to get creative on.

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Treehouses don’t really need the roof and the windows and the balcony. Instead, they can literally just be a strong, safe foundation for your kids to explore and create within. Just add a tent like they did at Yea Dads Home to bring a lot of life and fun into the simple design.