Painting & Maintenance
The information below is offered to you as recommendations. If you are unsure with painting, assembling or how to place your cubby house than please consult professional advice.
Storing the cartons:
Once your order is processed, your cubby house will be shipped in several cartons, each containing different parts and components. These cartons are designed to fit through a standard doorway and can be stored in a dry, covered area until you are ready to assemble your cubby house.
When storing your cartons, it's important to keep them in a location that is protected from the elements, such as rain or direct sunlight, which can damage the components inside. Additionally, it's important to keep the cartons in an area where they won't be damaged by other items or equipment.
When you are ready to assemble your cubby house, carefully unpack each carton and ensure that you have all the necessary parts and tools before beginning.
Hide and Seek Kids cubby houses are finished in a temporary water-based stain, which is intended to protect the timber during storage and transport. However, the cubby house will need to be painting with a high-quality sealer and paint to provide long-term protection from the elements and to give it a personalised touch. Painting the cubby house before assembly is easier and ensures all parts of the house are coated. It is also important to follow the manufacturer's guidelines for painting, including preparing the timber surface, choosing the right type of paint, and applying the paint evenly with a brush. Proper painting of the cubby house can extend its lifespan and keep it looking great for years to come.
After consulting Dulux, we recommend painting the entire cubby house (min 2 coats each) with:
Using the 1 Step Prep provides mould resistance and stain blocking of tannin and flash rust. It also prepares the timber for a superior paint finish extending the life of the cubby house. Avoid using just the exterior grade paint with the undercoat built into it, they do not offer the same features of the 1 Step Prep.
Paint Brush vs Spraying:
Painting a cubby house can be a fun DIY project that can also help protect the timber from weathering and wear over time. While using a spray gun can be sometimes faster, it does not provide the coverage and thickness as using a brush. Using a brush also allows for better coverage and penetration of the paint into the wood, helping to create a longer-lasting finish.
Dulux Paint Trade Pricing:
Hide & Seek Kids and Dulux have teamed together to offer you discounted paint and supplies. Simply visit any Dulux Trade or Outlet stores such as Inspirations Paint (not available at major hardware stores) and present our trade account details for discounted pricing. You will find the trade account details at the bottom of your invoice. Please use your name as the order number. You can find your closest store here.
For ultimate protection from leaks and rain we recommend using (prior and even after assembly):
Selleys Storm Sealant delivers a waterproof seal on any material, perfect for any fine timber cracks that you want to seal. Storm Sealant can be painted over too.
Mould is more likely to occur after use of a lower quality paint, failure to prime wood before painting or painting over a layer of mould without removing it. Prevention is key to stop mound in its tracks and a stain blocker primer is always recommended.
If you have come across some mould, simply mix 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil to 1 cup of water. Spray on the mould and leave it on overnight and then clean it off with a surface cleaner.
Expecting bad weather:
Bad weather can be a concern when it comes to outdoor play equipment. Hide and Seek Kids recommends securing loose objects and equipment, such as covering cubby houses, and bringing small items inside. Additionally, it's important to avoid using equipment during heavy rain, thunderstorms, or strong winds. In the event of flooding or other severe weather, it's important to inspect play equipment for damage and make any necessary repairs before allowing children to use it again. By taking these precautions, you can help ensure that your children can continue to enjoy their outdoor play equipment safely and for years to come.
Cubby house assembly can be an exciting and fun process, but it's important to approach it with care and attention to detail to ensure that the end result is safe and secure for your children. Before beginning assembly, be sure to read through the instructions carefully and gather all necessary tools and materials. It's also a good idea to have a second person to assist with the process.
When assembling the cubby house, pay close attention to each step and ensure that all screws, bolts, and other fasteners are tightened securely. Be sure to check for level and stability throughout the process, and adjust as needed to ensure that the finished product is sturdy and safe.
It is important not to over tighten screws when assembling a cubby house as this can cause the wood to split or crack. It is best to tighten the screws until they are snug and secure, but not overly tight.
Play Gym Rope Help:
We have compiled some instructional videos to help with the assembly of the Play Gym rope. Check them out here.
Proper placement of a cubby house is crucial to ensure its longevity and the safety of the children playing inside. Moisture is one of the most significant factors that can impact a cubby house's lifespan. Placing the cubby house in an area with good drainage can help prevent moisture buildup, which can lead to rot and mold.
It's also essential to ensure that the cubby house is not situated in a low-lying area that is prone to flooding. Adequate ventilation is another critical consideration, as it helps to prevent condensation buildup and reduces the risk of mold growth. To further minimize moisture, it's recommended to use a waterproof cover during extended periods of wet weather. By taking the time to carefully choose the right location for your cubby house and ensuring proper moisture management, you can enjoy your investment for many years to come.
When installing a cubby house, it is important to place it on a level ground to prevent any unwanted movement or instability. However, if the ground is uneven, timber movement can occur due to the changing levels. This can result in gaps and warping in the cubby house, affecting its structural integrity and durability. Additionally, regularly checking and adjusting the level of the cubby house is crucial to ensure its stability and longevity. Proper placement and maintenance of the cubby house can prevent timber movement and ensure the safety and enjoyment of children playing inside.
If your roof, windows or doors on the cubby house look a little crooked, grab a level and plumb and check to see if the cubby house is sitting level.
Securing the Cubby: Securing the cubby house to the ground/platform may be required for your backyard (or if your area is prone to severe storms). Have a chat to a professional for the best method if needed.
Support Base: The easiest base to construct for your cubby house (on the ground cubby) is using timber sleepers. Support must be used for all floor joins and under all walls to limit movement.
Why using pavers as a base is not recommended:
It is not recommended to place pavers directly underneath a cubby house due to the potential for uneven settling and movement over time, which can lead to instability and safety hazards. Instead, it is recommended to level the ground and use a suitable base material such as timber sleepers like below, or a concrete slab to provide a stable foundation. This will help to ensure the cubby house remains level and secure, reducing the risk of accidents or damage. Additionally, using a suitable base material will also assist with drainage and prevent water pooling around the cubby house, which can lead to moisture damage and other issues.
Support base example.
Examples of a cubby house placements:
Cubby House Maintenance:
Cubby houses are a great addition to any backyard, but like any outdoor equipment, they require regular maintenance to keep them in good condition. Regularly cleaning the cubby house with a mild detergent and water can help prevent the buildup of dirt and grime. It's also important to inspect the timber for any signs of wear, rot, or damage. If any issues are found, they should be addressed as soon as possible to prevent further damage. Applying a sealant and paint can also help protect the timber from moisture and pests. Additionally, it's important to regularly check any screws or bolts for tightness, as these can loosen over time due to weather conditions and use. By following these maintenance tips, you can ensure that your cubby house stays in top condition for years to come.
Timber is a natural product and may experience changes throughout the course of its life. It may develop minor cracks and gaps; this is known as thermal timber expansion and contraction.
Timber cracks and gaps sometimes occur due to the moisture content within the timber and the external surroundings. You will notice in drier times of the year the timber will show some minor gaps and cracks as the moisture in the timber is dried out. These gaps and cracks are totally normal and will eventually close back up once moisture in the area around the cubby house is returned. Each piece of timber can react differently to the climate. A crack in the timber does not affect the strength or durability of the wood or structural integrity of the cubby house.
Cubby houses are a great way to encourage imaginative play and outdoor activity for children. However, it is important to note that adult supervision is always necessary when children are playing in or around the cubby house. This is especially important for younger children who may not be aware of potential hazards.
Bed Safety - Floor Beds:Make sure that the Cubby Bed, mattress, or any floor bed is situated at a distance from the walls, as there is a risk of young children getting caught between the mattress and the wall. The mattress for a child should be firm to minimize the possibility of sleep-related accidents. Keep the space surrounding the mattress free from soft toys, bean bags, plastic bags, or any similar items that a young child might roll onto. Objects that are soft could contour around a young child's face and potentially lead to suffocation.