CUBBYHOUSES as we once knew them; a cardboard box with a door cut out of it, are relics of the past. Today they are a swanky piece of equipment that comes with almost as many extras as a contemporary home.
But there’s nothing like a cubbyhouse to enhance the imagination. Whether it’s up in a tree or firmly on the ground, children love cubbyhouses.
Cubbyhouses today come in a range of materials including plastic, Colorbond and timber and have more additions than ever before. But they can be pricey. Weekend
Shopper has discounted cubbyhouses advertised under the Play Equipment section. They range in price depending on their size and the materials they are made of.
Recently there were four advertised. Three were timber and one was plastic and they ranged in price from $200 for the plastic one up to $500. This was for an upmarket two-year-old, timber cubby house with a tin roof, two windows, a door and veranda which originally retailed at $1100.
Online, a two-storey cubbyhouse with a selection of Colorbond roof colours, 4x3 metres in diameter, made from your choice of either pine or cedar, ranges in price. This is primarily because customers can also choose from a plethora of cubbyhouse additions. Potentially, these can include a half or full, door kit, door knobs, veranda, bridge, side balustrades, letterbox, flower box, skylight, slides in varying lengths and elevation kits to name just a few of the add-ons.
Moreover, there is also a wide selection of non-essential items to grace the cubbyhouse including table and chairs, swing sets, sandpits, strap seats, baby seats, tyre swings, rope ladders and monkey bars. The list goes on. The upshot is these elaborate cubbyhouses start at around $1000 and increase in price upward of $2000.
Ultimately, if you can’t afford a new one, check out Shopper. Alternatively, find a big old box, cut out a door and some windows and, guaranteed, the kids will have just as much fun.