Let preschool would-be designers go mad


Welcome to my childhood fantasy. I spent a vast amount of time thinking about ways to spruce up my cubby house. If I actually had the resources to do so at age six, it would have been a big task as my cubby was a very basic, treated pine box with a door and one window. Despite its obvious lack of design features, I loved my cubby. But I suspect that given the freedom, I would have been the worst kind of renovator – satisfied with changes for about a week before wanting to start over again with a different scheme. So the ‘canvas’ remained blank and I continued to dream. Now imagine if the Qb Playhouse had been my starting point….

These cubbies may look like they are straight out of a cartoon or movie set, but actually, they are the work of the next generation of designers. Qb Playhouses let children customise their own space and the steps are as simple as 1-2-3, or choose-build-play.

Kids can choose the colours of the walls, doors, windows and every detail, right down to the door knob. There are 24 colours to choose from so they can go with muted neutrals, bright primary colours, soft pastels or a combination of all. Once they’re done choosing colours, they can add a print. I like the silhouette of the foliage, but through the eyes of a six year old, the apples, rainbows or zebra print would be much more fun. And if what Qb already offers isn’t special enough, they will custom design something really, really special.

The Qb website is terrific as you can see how your playhouse will look as you mix and match colours and patterns. The Qb Original model (as shown) ranges from €699-€999. There are two other designs in the Qb range – the City starts at €599 and the Tree starts at €1499. Qb ship to Australia by arrangement.

(Via Inhabitots)


Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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