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Blanket Fort Building Guide — Learn How to Make An Awesome Blanket Fort

Oct.04.2021
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Blanket Fort Building Guide

When I was a child, my sister and I would stay up super late on the weekends building a blanket fort and enacting wild fantasies and outrageous scenarios from inside the soft and safe walls. Our blanket fortress was always a massive undertaking.

Build Blanket Fort

how to build blanket fort

We took pillows and blankets from all over the house to become our walls, ceilings, load-bearing beams, furniture, and decorations. Back in those days, the ultimate blanket fort was a place to play pretend within the safe cocoon of warm blankets and fuzzy pillows. We would pretend to be pirates, princesses, explorers, astronauts, and zoo animals until we got too tuckered out to continue and fell sound asleep, snuggled against the walls of the fort. These days, my sister and I think fondly of those memories, but we haven’t made a DIY blanket fort in decades. After reminiscing together for some time over the holidays, we decided to make another go at the blanket fort of our childhood.

This time a blanket fort for adults, or the childlike wonder still inside us. We gathered all the pillows and blankets we could find around the house and made a go at it. The fort didn’t look or feel quite as magnificent as we remembered, so we decided to do some research on the best way to build a fort inside. From there we found many great tips for easy blanket forts, which I’ve decided to share with you! If you want to bring out your inner child or enjoy a fun activity with the kids in your life, here is an excellent resource to turn to for blanket fort tips and instructions. Let’s take a look at how to build a blanket fort step by step.

Getting Started

Getting Started blanket fort

There are a few ways to build a fort, but almost all of them will require the same basic tools and accents. The first thing to do is to take inventory of your home, noting the items that you have around your house that you could use for your awesome fort. Things to collect that would be potentially useful for fort building are: pillows, blankets, sheets, couch cushions, sleeping bags, heavy objects such as books or paperweights, clothes pins or clips, the tallest and sturdy furniture in your home, string lights, and string. This list seems pretty obvious until you get to the heavy objects, but don’t worry, all the objects that aren’t plush pillows and blankets will have their uses explained promptly. Firstly, the heavy objects will be helpful for securing blankets and sheets in place when you hang them or drape them over furniture.

The tall and sturdy furniture such as a couch, a tall table, or an armchair will be helpful for supporting the walls of the fort. The clips and string can help you make a roof or a covering for your fort, and they can also help connect walls and supports. String lights will make the ambiance perfect in your comfy fort, but they’re not obligatory for building a great one. Choose a good place to build your fort. You’re going to want to have a big open area, so the fort isn’t too cramped, and some nice tall furniture to help support the walls and cover. Some good options would be a living room, a basement, a den, or a bedroom with a lot of open space.

Building the Fort

The first thing to do is lay down a really comfy and fuzzy blanket on the floor where you want to build your fort. This will make the most comfortable floor that you can feel fine about falling asleep on. Then build the walls and coverage! If you choose a spot with a ceiling fan, you can use this to your advantage by stringing your walls up to the ceiling with strings and clips attached to the fan. You can also string a clothesline or a piece of string from one end of the room to the other and use this to hang sheets to make the walls and ceiling of your fort. It is best to use light blankets or sheets instead of heavy blankets or duvets so that your walls don’t collapse in, and your temperature is better regulated.

To do this, attach two sheets to the clothing line with clothespins or clips and then drape them over other furniture, securing the ends with heavy objects like books, stones or paperweights. You could also let one sheet hang down and drape the other over a tall piece of furniture so for a different look and shape. Once the structure is established, use pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, and stuffed animals to make the inside homey and nice. Then you can hang string lights, turn the overhead lights off and enjoy telling stories and drinking hot cocoa in your beautiful fort!

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