Today I have the first installment of the how-to behind my PVC Playhouse & Sunshade – how to construct the PVC Frame.
If you follow me on Instagram @jennuinelife, I was sharing sneak peeks of the project as I went. I started with the PVC frame, which was SO quick to construct – I did this in a half hour with the exception of the cross-pieces on the roof; I added those later. From a pile of fittings and eight lengths of PVC pipe to a rough frame in no time flat!
All 3/4″ schedule 40 PVC
All are slip fittings
4 – 45-degree elbows
8 – Tee joints
6 – 3-way corner fittings
8 – 10 foot lengths
Pipe Cut Lengths:
I used a power miter saw to make my cuts. Alternatively, you can ask for the cuts to be made at the home improvement store, or there are special PVC pipe hand cutters like this for less than $20.
55″ – 9 cuts
43.5″ – 4 cuts
18.5″ – 8 cuts
2″ – 4 cuts
I didn’t use any glue since I wanted to be able to fully dismantle it at the end of the season or if we want to take it somewhere. The tent design helps push the pipe together, so glue is not required.
1. Lay out four of the 55″ lengths and use four of the 3-way fittings in the corners.
2. Insert the 43.5″ lengths into the open end of the 3-way fittings.
3. Insert the tee joints onto the top with the open ends facing each other.
4. Place two more of the 55″ lengths into the open horizontal ends.
5. Push the 2″ lengths into the open vertical ends.
6. Add the 45-degree joints.
7. Then put four of the 18.5″ lengths into the open ends.
8. Place four of the tee joints onto those ends and two of the 55″ lengths between.
9. Four more of the 18.5″ lengths into the open ends.
10. Add the last two 3-way fittings at the top and the last 55″ length between.
In the next installment I discuss the fabric requirements and the cut dimensions.