How to Style a Cubby House to Last for Years

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A cubby house is every kid’s dream for the summer. Find out what necessities will get your little one settled in and ready for play!

Summer gets us excited about entertaining and relaxing with family and friends. It’s especially exciting for the kiddies, who have probably been exhausted all winter with every indoor activity in the book. Bring out the cozzies, sunscreen and bucket hats!

But when you can’t entertain your kids aaaaall the time, it’s great for them to have their own space outdoors where they can enjoy imaginary play and stretch their legs in the sunshine. The toy-filled sanctuary we speak of is the place where the most cherished childhood memories are made: the cubby house.

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Modern Outdoor Cubby House from KidKraft, available online at Zanui.

Whether you’ve got backyard space for the real deal, a safe place for a tree house, or simply a teepee set up on the deck, here’s everything you’ll need to create your little one’s new favourite place in the world. (No adults allowed.)

Durable Furniture

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Indri Play House from Plum, available online at Zanui.

Outdoor kids furniture is the way to go when it comes to cubby house tables and chairs. While the furniture most probably won’t be in direct sunlight, it’s best to go for furnishings that have been treated for outdoor use. Colours will last longer and surfaces are generally easier to clean.

A table and a couple of chairs encourage crafts and makes the perfect ‘dining’ spot. Cater for siblings and friends who will come and play too. Think of alternative seating such as ottomans, stools and bean bags. They’ll be the favourite seat in the house!

Toys and Storage

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Multipurpose Flexible Shallow Tub from Tubtrugs, available online at Zanui.

While there are no rules with what toys should be brought into the cubby house, it’s important to remember your surroundings. The cubby house won’t be as spick and span as your actual house (no matter how hard you try).

There will most likely be a bit of dirt or grass from running in and out, and that’s OK! Best to leave some easily dirtied toys inside, such as plush toys. Encourage educational play with blocks and imaginary fun with plastic figurines – toys that can be easily cleaned with a splash of the hose.

Heavy timber toy boxes and fabric hampers are great for the bedroom, but since the cubby house won’t be filled with a huge amount of toys, a durable storage bucket or basket will do. Plus, they’re super easy to carry and clean if dirty.

Flooring

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The perfect outdoor setting! Shop floor cushions and ottomans online at Zanui.

Like your furniture, your flooring needs to be able to withstand the weather. Good outdoor rugs are water and mildew resistant, making accidental spills fuss-free. They’re UV treated, so they’ll be fine if the sunshine is strong, and they’ll protect your cubby house flooring.

Aside from being a must-have for high traffic areas, it can add some serious style! Opt for an outdoor rug that’s bright and patterned with chevron, polka dots or stripes for some fun and colour to brighten the space.

Complement the cubby with plush outdoor cushions. Get your little one to pick out a style – it’s their cubby house after all!

Play-Friendly Tableware

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Barel Junior Rimmed Melamine Polka Dot Plate, Yellow, 20cm from Barel Designs, available online at Zanui.

Of course, the cubby house will also be a place for snacks and munchies (how else will they keep up with the fun?). Durable tableware is a must.

You’ll want cups, bowls, spoons and everything else to be resistant to breakages, scratching and staining. They’ll also need to withstand the heat of being outdoors.

Barel Designs make some of our favourite outdoor tableware pieces, and they come in a range of cool colour combinations too! Coordinate with the colour of your rug and cushions for another simple way to keep your cubby house in theme.

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Natalie Milad is a content and blog writer who studied journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney. Since her graduation in 2016, she has landed a gig at Zanui. Her days not writing are usually filled with DIY projects, floury benchtops and tending to her bunny. Natalie loves animated short films, animals and Christmas. She has experience in script writing, news reading and interviewing. Among her favourites was interning for The Bridal Bazaar.