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.
Delivery & Storing:
All unassembled cubby house parts or cartons must be stored in a cool and dry place indoors (out of the weather).
Our cubbies are finished in a water-base stain. This is solely used for colour and only offers minimal protection from natural elements. This is a temporary measure the cubby house will need to be painted as per the below recommendations, failing to paint your cubby house will void your warranty
You should paint the cubby house prior to assemby, it will save you plenty of time and more importantly your back.
After consulting Dulux, we recommend painting the entire cubby house (min 2 coats each) with:
Dulux 1 Step Prep (water based) primer, sealer & undercoat
Dulux Weathershield (exterior) paint
Note: 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.
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.
Do you want discounted paint? 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.
Paint Brush vs Spraying:
We do not recommend using a spray gun when painting the cubby house. Spraying usually applies a thinner coat of paint requiring more coats. Using a paint brush will apply a thick coat, providing an excellent smooth finish.
For ultimate protection from leaks and rain we recommend using (prior and even after assembly):
Selleys Storm Sealant
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.
Expecting bad weather? Sometimes our weather can be extremely wild. During these times we recommend removing items from the cubby house and putting a tarp over the cubby to reduce damage from heavy rain/hail or extreme wind.
Please ensure when assembling the cubby house that screws and bolts are not over tightened. Over tightening will cause damage to the thread and cracking in the surrounding timber, damage caused is not covered under warranty.
Using a lower torque setting on the drill will minimise these damages.
Play Gym Rope Help:
We have compiled some instructional videos to help with the assembly of the Play Gym rope. Check them out here.
Placement of your cubby house is just as important as painting it. As the cubby house is made from timber it is not recommended placing directly onto the ground. We recommend creating a barrier between the cubby house and the ground to minimise the risk of moisture build up. Extended moisture build up will result in timber becoming waterlogged, mouldy and eventually will rot the timber.
How to avoid moisture build up? Placing the cubby house in a well-ventilated area that receives plenty of sunlight. Trees are perfect in providing shade but extra maintenance is required to remove animal dropping from the paint as this will deteriorate the paint over time.
Level Ground? A level surface is required for the cubby house, this will ensure the cubby house panels are assembled correctly. If your roof, windows or doors on the cubby house look a little crooked, grab a level 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? Basically they don’t have a strong,stable base in which they are placed on and therefore move with environmental factors.
That’s why one of the most common mistakes you can make when installing pavers is skipping or skimping on the base. Using sand alone to set pavers or popping them upon grass is NOT enough.
Experts recommend that a paver base is approx. 3/8-inch crushed compacted gravel, any surface using pavers must have a slight slope, 1″ for every 4′ to 8′, for proper drainage this will prevent pavers from sinking or heaving while also allowing moisture to seep through and escape.
So, unless your paver base is constructed correctly you will unfortunately see issues with the stability of your cubby as this is not a solid base.
Examples of a cubby house placements:
Cubby House Maintenance:
We recommend the following at least once per season:
Give the cubby house a wash with some mild soap and warm water, removing any dirt/grime build up on the paint.
Inspect the paint for any cracks and imperfections and re-apply paint if needed
Re-tighten screws and bolts
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.
Supervision must be given at ALL times when your little ones are using their Cubbies.
Beds must not put up against bedroom walls and placed in the middle of the room away from any hazards.
Post time: Mar-16-2023