11 Free Tree House Plans

Build a Backyard Treehouse With These Free Plans

Father and sons building tree house
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Use one of these free tree house plans to make your children the ultimate playhouse in the sky. This wide selection of free tree house plans includes everything from the simple to the outrageous.

Detailed diagrams, color photos, videos, step-by-step building instructions, and tips will help you build a safe and sturdy tree house that your kids or grandkids can enjoy for years.

Tip: No good tree house trees? No problem! Most of these free tree house plans include an option for a free-standing tree...MORE house that sits on posts. You can also find some free playhouse plans and free swing set plans that may meet your needs better.

When you're ready to move on from tree houses and onto your next woodworking project, you can find more free woodworking plans for toy boxes, bunk beds, sheds, deer stands, dog houses, picnic tables, bird houses, gazebos, porch swings, and bookcases.

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    A blue tree house in the woods
    The Wood Plans Shop

    If you are out to build an amazing tree house then this free tree house plan is the one for you. Don't worry if you don't have the right trees for a tree house - this free-standing tree house can be built anywhere.

    Outside this tree house is a pulley system for treasures and a ladder. Inside there are bunk beds and plenty of room to play out adventures.

    This free tree house plan includes a materials and shopping list, color photos, diagrams, and plenty of step-by-step building instructions.

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    A simple tree house decorated for kids
    The Handmade Home

    Plenty of color photos, diagrams, and written directions will help you build this tree house hideaway that any kid would love.

    A master cut list and supply list are available for this free tree house plan as well as separate blog posts how to build the deck, the walls, railing and shutters, and the roof. 

  • 03 of 11
    A low to the ground tree house
    Made With Happy

    For $300 Made With Happy build this high-quality low to the ground treehouse for the kids to play in all summer long.

    There's a breakdown on how to build the base and frame, floor, roof, and walls and window.

  • 04 of 11
    A man on a ladder building a tree house
    Popular Mechanics

    Popular Mechanics has this free plan for building a "world-class backyard tree house."

    There's a handful of images and lots of text in this tree house plan, so you can't really skim through the steps like you can with some of the other plans from above.

    Continue to 5 of 11 below.
  • 05 of 11
    A mother and son walking a tightrope in the woods
    Yea Dads Home 

    Here's a fairly simple DIY tree house plan that is actually a sturdy but wonky platform that you can just build within the trees.

    The free plan includes a list of materials, building instructions, and lots of color photos. 

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    A large treehouse
    The Family Handyman

    This isn't really a step-by-step plan for building a tree house, but is instead a handful of tips that you can use when building your own tree house, whether they be from own your designs or ones from this list.

    Some of the tips include keeping weight and stability in mind when building the tree house, understanding that there needs to be space around the trunk for the tree to move and grow over time, how to keep the floor level and sturdy, and more.

  • 07 of 11
    A modern tree house in different seasons
    Dornob

    If you're looking for an updated tree house plan, this free plan from Dornob will help you build a modern tree house with an interesting shape and windows from the tiny to the huge.

    Color photos, written instructions, and diagrams will help you build this unique tree house.

  • 08 of 11
    Two children playing in a DIY tree house
     makendo/Instructables

    Instructables has a lot of free tree house plans but this one build by makendo is a stand-out. 

    It's a simple structure that needs a few trees close to each other for the build. It uses recycled fence posts for the sides and a tarp to cover the top.

    The plan includes lots of building instructions, color photos, and a materials list.

    Continue to 9 of 11 below.
  • 09 of 11
    Illustration of kids playing around a tree house
    Outdoor Life

    Outdoor Life has a free tree house plan that will build an A-frame tree house with a wrap-around deck and ladder. Constructed of 4x8 plywood sheets, this tree house can be built in a tree or free-standing.

    The free tree house plan includes detailed diagrams, instructions, and a materials list. Just be sure to click through the pages on the bottom of the plan so that you can see everything.

  • 10 of 11
    Father and son hugging in tree
    Paul Bradbury / Getty Images

    Here's other free tree house plan - this one comes from BuildEazy. This tree house includes a deck that wraps around the tree, stairs to the ground, a slide that comes off the tree house, and an attached swing set.

    You'll be able to view and download a materials list, cutting list, building instructions, and blueprints in this free tree house plan.

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    Brother and sister eating flavored ice at treehouse in backyard
    Hero Images / Getty Images

    Here's other free plan for a tree house. This one is actually a series of videos that will take you through each step of building the tree house.

    Pressure-treated wood in 2X8's with 4x4 posts makes this tree house safe for the kids and easy to build.