Depending on which brand you have, attempting to assemble a plastic playhouse can be just as tricky as solving a puzzle. It may vary and range from relatively easy to nearly impossible.
There are brands whose pieces simply fit into each other like a glove. There are also brands that, no matter how many times you read the instructions on the instruction manual and how many attempts you make in putting them together, it just does not come together the way you expect it to.
Below are a few good tools and tips to keep you sound and sane throughout the process of how to assemble a plastic playhouse:
Consider the brand you are buying
This means taking note of reviews from previous users who may or may not have remarked how painfully difficult or how pleasantly easy the playhouse was to put up.
Many playhouses these days boast easy assembly. While this may hold true to the manufacturer, not everybody has the same definition for easy.
Try to spot online reviews or articles about the product and see if any of them mention assembly problems. Getting more than 30% of reviews against the product’s ease of assembly is already a red flag, indicating that it may have the tendency to endanger your sanity in trying to put it up.
Try visiting a store and watch a demo or do an actual assembly trial
Some stores may actually allow this. This way, you not only get an idea as to whether it is easy to assemble, you actually get to have a feel of the assembly process and whether or not you could do it yourself at home.
Prepare the tools you need
These may include a hammer, a screwdriver, a file, and a plastic glue gun. Depending on what brand you have chosen, all, some, or maybe none of these tools may be needed, but it would be wise to be prepared for any adversity as you assemble.
Having a tool in case of difficult, tight, or sticky situations can save you a lot of time, trouble, and frustration and can make things go more smoothly so that you can build your plastic playhouse with ease and confidence, and so that your child can get to enjoy it a lot sooner.
Read the instruction manual beforehand
Sometimes, we do get ahead of ourselves and just dive right in without getting the full picture of what exactly we are getting ourselves into.
While it is somewhat tempting to get right into it after reading step one, there may be a few clues from step two and the rest that can make life a bit easier for you had you’d just known them.
Reading ahead makes you know what to expect next and, thus, makes you do things in such a way that will more smoothly transition into the next instruction.
Practice some deep breathing and relaxation exercises
This is somewhat irrelevant, but it might just help you keep from blowing up. In most assembly situations, a successful outcome with little to no adversity is often attributed to being able to keep your cool.
When you keep yourself level-headed throughout the process, you can think more objectively and see with more clarity as opposed to when you are already flustered and frustrated. This is where relaxation exercises become handy.
Plastic playhouses are a popular choice for many parents these days. They are often durable, water resistant, and safe for kids. Although not completely cheap, they most definitely cost less than a custom made playhouse.
They can be both indoor and outdoor too. All you have to worry about with these types of playhouses is their assembly. That is why it is best to come prepared and well-equipped before you begin.
You might even surprise yourself and find out how savvy you really are when it comes to assembly instruction.