Who doesn’t love a good, old-fashioned fort? You know the one’s we’re talking about. Built with every cushion, pillow, tablecloth and sheet from mom’s closet that you could find! Whether it’s a rainy, hot, boring or just a regular day, these fort ideas are perfect for beating those boredom blues.
1. No-Sew Teepee
Would you believe this teepee is made from just a system of weaving fabric over and under the teepee legs then glueing for a little extra support? We love any idea that requires minimal work and more time to play with our kiddos!
Check out TheHandmadeHome.net for all the details on making your own no-sew teepee fort!
2. Couch Fort
You know that perfect spot between your couches? It’s a kiddo’s fort dream! All you need are some clothespins, string, fabric and a few nails. String up the fabric and you have the perfect portable fort.
Find all the instructions over at ArtBarBlog.com.
3. Wooden Framed Fort
For more permanent fixtures, like reading nooks in your kiddos bedrooms or in a playroom, this simple wooden framed fort would be perfect! It’s made by stretching canvas fabric over a basic wooden frame and then secured with ties and velcro. Who wouldn’t want to spend their days under one of these forts?
Head to BobbyRabbit.co.uk to see more of this amazing bedroom and design ideas for making this fort.
4. Simple Sheet Tent
This one is a callback to our childhoods! The simple sheet tent is quickly and easily assembled with a non-fitted standard bedsheet, and a clothesline or rope tied between two trees. Stake it to the ground, and voila! A beautiful idea for a minimalistic fort!
Source: The Beetle Shack
5. Table Fort
The kitchen table quickly morphs into something incredible with some old tablecloths and fabric! Cut a few windows out, a door, and you have a lovely place for the children to go and read, snuggle, nap, play, and anything else they can think of!
Source: Paint On The Ceiling
6. Cardboard City
Cardboard is vastly underestimated. It can be used for so much more than just shipping stuff from one place to another! You can create amazing playsets with them, mazes, and of course, an awesome fort! Grab some large cardboard boxes, and draw any kind of landscape you and your kids can dream up on them! Now they have a beautiful cityscape to play in on those rainy days!
Tip: If you don’t have large cardboard boxes on hand around the house, head over to your local grocery store, they’re always happy to give their used boxes to those who can use them!
Source: A Place Imagined
7. Book Fort
Happiness is indeed building a bookfort to play in. While this project may take a bit more time to assemble, it will be well worth it when you and your children have a fun little place to read!
8. Cave of Stars
This fort is perfect for the younger children in your family! You can quickly create a beautiful “cave of stars,” just grab a large cardboard box, an old set of holiday lights, poke some holes in the top of the box, and stick the lights through, and you’ve just created a gorgeous lit fort for your little one to snuggle in!
Source: Our Hungry House
9. Fan Fort
This fort idea is such a thrilling novelty! Grab a sheet, a duvet cover or a light blanket, and a simple window fan. Turn on the fan, and you’ve got an instant inflatable fort! How fun and exciting!
10. Bed Fort
Nothing is better than snuggling into your own bed-turned-fort, reading a good book, and going to sleep! With some sheets and something to hang them with, this fort is extremely easy to assemble, and you can keep it up all year round!
11. PVC Pipe Fort
This amazing fort costs less than $40 to create! Purchase some PVC pipes, draw up plans for the fort, assemble the fort, add some old bed sheets, tablecloths or fabric, and you have a lovely fort for the kids to enjoy playing around in!
Source: Giggles and Joy
12. Canopy Fort
Canopy’s aren’t just for little girls anymore! They come in many varying sizes, so you can truly create the fort of your dreams with a gorgeous canopy hanging above your bed!
Source: I Kat Bag
13. Hula Hoop Fort
So, what can you do with all of those old hula hoops? Why, build a fort, of course! Super simple to create, and a wonderful summertime outdoor retreat from the hot sun!