There is a plethora of treehouses to choose from, and your choice of style depends on your reason for making, or buying one. Maybe you are looking to make or buy one for your child. Perhaps you are looking for a way to add spunk to your vacation home. Either way, they are all unique in function. Although there are many varieties, there are certain characteristics that just make a treehouse that much more awesome. Here are some must-have elements to include in your ultimate treehouse.
Keep it casual, relaxing and fun by including a traditional hammock, or hammock swing chair either underneath the treehouse, on the treehouse porch, or inside the treehouse. Add two, or three for your kids, or anyone else who may be a guest in the treehouse. By installing a hammock you create an ideal place to take a nap, watch the stars, or sit and think.
Make sure you measure the length of your treehouse and pay close attention to the length of the hammock. You want to make sure the hammock has enough to comfortably hang without sweeping the floor.
Adding a telescope to your treehouse will no doubt keep your kids happy and engaged when observing the world around them. They could use the telescope to search for birds or animals in the surrounding trees. At night, the treehouse is the perfect place to dream because your child can look up at the stars. It can also be a great activity for when your child has sleepovers.
Let your child’s imagination run wild. With the telescope in the treehouse, your kid can pretend to be looking for hidden treasure like pirates or they can imagine they are in an ancient civilization looking for a way to survive.
Basket Pulley System
Creating a basket pulley system is the perfect touch to your treehouse. It is ideal for carrying up books, games, blankets, food or anything else you might want in your treehouse that day. This simple feature gives your kids a way to bring to their treehouse whatever they need to have a great time without having to carry it up and down the tree.
Whether you use tons of pillows from the couch to cushion an area on the treehouse floor, or you use a bed tucked into the corner, you want to make your treehouse your kids’ favorite place to go. By creating a custom-sized luxury mattress for your treehouse, you will give your child a comfortable place to play. This is especially ideal if you know your child will want to have sleepovers in the treehouse. You can get a mattress to fit any odd nook or cranny in your treehouse.
Furniture is a necessity in making the treehouse like a second home, but to make it a fun home for games and messages, the best move is to put up a chalkboard, or paint a wall with chalkboard paint. Children love using chalk, and this gives them an opportunity to write on the wall without getting in trouble. They can leave cute messages, or have a drawing competition. The possibilities are endless when you have a chalkboard in your treehouse.
Tree Climbing Holds
In addition to the traditional climbing holds, you can install rock climbing holds on the tree for them to climb. You get a secondary way of climbing into the treehouse by putting climbing holds on either a close-neighboring tree or on a wall leading to your treehouse porch. If you like the idea of having an extra way to get into the treehouse, consider installing an extra ladder or staircase.
Adding a zipline to your treehouse is the perfect cherry on top. This will be a conversation starter as well as a party favorite among your child’s friends. You can hook it up to a nearby tree and zip across the backyard instead of using the tree-climbing holds, staircase or ladder to get around. Now your child can truly pretend that the floor is hot lava as they “escape” from their treehouse.
Ultimately, these elements are completely determined by what you want your treehouse designed for and its functionality. From there you can customize it to make it either a quick retreat for your child, or the favorite place for your kids to play outside the house.