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9 Indoor Kids’ Playhouses Perfect for Your Finished Basement

These indoor playhouses are sure to make kids’ imagination soar (but not create an eyesore) in your living room or basement.

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It’s no secret that play is crucial to a child’s learning and development. Pretend play builds imagination and creativity, fosters cognitive growth, supports emotional and social well-being, improves literacy and more. A playhouse can inspire kids to transform a space into a home, storefront or spaceship and offer them a cozy, safe place to spend time alone or with friends.

With colder months ahead, many children will spend less time outdoors on backyard playsets. Indoor kids’ playhouses offer opportunities for excitement and movement inside. It’s also fun to engage kids in the act of customizing and decorating their own play space—choosing their favorite paint color and adding fairy lights, banners, floor cushions and pillows, stuffed animals and other favorite items to bring their indoor playhouse to life.

We’ve selected our favorite indoor playhouses that will fit snugly in your finished basement or playroom and are sure to delight and inspire children.

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West Elm Large Playhouse

Give your child a spot of their own with this little home. This kids’ playhouse has a wood frame and durable tan canvas that’s versatile enough to fit your room design no matter the color palette.  is sure to blend into any room design without creating an eyesore. Decorate it with fairy lights and a felt garland for added flair.

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Mini Camper Play House

This retro-looking camper playhouse has a realistic hitch and rear awning that pops up! Kids can pretend camp anytime with this mini camper. Take the look to the next level with this adorable stuffed campfire and log seat cushion.

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Circus Play Tent

From story time to play time, this whimsical circus tent will have your little one’s imagination running wild. It’s lightweight and has a solid wood frame. Decorate it with matching floor pillows and stuffed animals for a full-on circus theme.

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Twin House Bed

Whether your child loves playing house or having their own cozy hideaway, this unique house bed delivers. This sturdy, neutral structure works in a basement or bedroom and will transport your child to a make-believe world for playtime, movie sleepovers and everything in between.

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Sensory-Friendly Tent

Give your kiddo a happy hideaway they can call their own with this tent from Pillowfort. It’s designed for all kids, but especially those with sensory needs. The tent is sized just right to fit a small desk and chair while still letting kids move around with ease. This travel-friendly tent comes with a carrying bag, perfect for bringing it along to friends’ houses and on family trips.

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Foldable Tent Castle

This foldable tent features moons and stars and folds down into a circle that’s just over 17 inches in diameter. Store the nighttime castle easily—it’s a basement organization dream—and take advantage of its portability. Pop it up anywhere while traveling with the kiddos.

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Pottery Barn Kids Modern Farmhouse Loft

This loft play area brings playtime and bedtime together with a rustic yet contemporary feel. The house-shaped loft has windows, a mailbox and a little door opening that leads into an open space that fits a small table, chairs and more. A side ladder leads to a twin bed, the prefect dream space for any room.

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Solid Wood Play Tent

This open-air fort is strong, sturdy and incredibly minimalistic. It’s roomy enough for multiple children, and it serves as a base for you to decorate and design whatever kind of playhouse you want. Add a table, stuffed animals, throw pillows, blankets, lights and more—the possibilities are endless!

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Theater Playhouse with Microphone

This adorable theater playhouse comes with three interchangeable backgrounds to accommodate any scene-stealer. It has red curtains, a plush microphone and a reusable chalk cloth banner, so your child can set the stage over and over again.

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Mary Henn


As Associate Shopping Editor, Mary helps Family Handyman readers find products to elevate their time spent at home. Her expertise lies in style, trend and design. When she’s not working on the latest home and DIY content, you can find her reading a poem or novel—her creative writing has been awarded national recognition.