Every kid wants a cubby house but there are some important things for mum and dad to consider before making a decision, we have put together a list of some must knows before sealing the deal.

Safety is a huge factor when making a big purchase for your kids so it’s important to consider all options – at the end of the day you want something that is going to last! Knowledge is power so when deciding on what cubby is suitable for your family always make sure that the timber used contains no arsenic and toxic chemicals.

Design and practicality is essential as you want to make sure the kids will be making the most of their new cubby house – you will need to consider the size of your land and the access to your property. At times, we are drawn to the biggest and the best but unfortunately if the kids are going to go down the slide and smack into the fence then the biggest and the best might not be the most suitable option. All our designs can be custom made to fit into your designated area with the extra additions of fun accessories. Always speak to the sales team about the age and gender of your child to ensure they make the best recommendation for your family. Even though most cubbies come flat packed some backyards are more difficult than others so if your backyard is notorious for tight spaces make sure you have some photos on hand so the installation team can plan ahead and make sure everything goes smoothly on the day.

Weather conditions – Let’s face it, depending on where you live it could be raining one minute and sunny the next. If you live in a windy area then you cannot go wrong with a solid timber cubby house. They aren’t flimsy and definitely won’t fly away with a gust of wind. If you are lucky enough to live in the warmer climates then we always recommend choosing a light colour roof this will attract less heat and will keep the cubby much cooler so that the kids can play all year long. All good quality cubbies should have very small gaps around the roof and doors to make sure it’s well ventilated, this gap should be small enough to create airflow but not big enough to let in rain, the cubby should still be water resistant.

Are you handy? Or is a divorce on the cards every time you have the task of putting together a flat packed item? Most companies offer detailed instructions of the installation process so before ruling out the professionals it is well worth asking to see how it goes together before the cubby arrives on site! This simple step could save you all sorts of headaches in the long run. Well made cubbies should be simple and reasonably straight forward as all components should be preassembled only leaving you to the easy part of screwing everything together. Our instructions make the unskilled handyman look like a pro.

Budget plays a huge part in the final decision so make sure you have done your research before committing to a sale. There are so many cubbies on the market that look the same but have a huge variation in price – so many things can determine the gap. Always make sure that the price includes the very basics eg. skylight, windows, door, letter box, planter boxes and your choice of colour bond roof colour. Before you know it a starting price of $1000 can blow out to $2000 if the basics aren’t included. If you are going for something elevated then make sure the price includes the above plus the elevation kit. Accessories will always be additional.

Happy cubby hunting!

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