How To Build An Epic Blanket Fort

Bunkering down with snacks, some toys and a movie was such as fun part of our childhood. Now that some genius has invented fairy lights, the potential for an epic blanket fort has increased tenfold! To help keep the kids entertained for a low-key night in, here are our tips to make an epic blanket fort.

The key to any good fort is space. Without blocking any doorways, be sure to leave enough room for the kids to crawl around and play. For some extra fun, have the kids make up a secret knock, funny password or their own ‘keep out’ sign so they can turn their fort into their own little oasis.

The chair fort

The easiest of all the forts, you can quickly whip this together in 5 minutes with little to no effort. Let the kids customise the space how they like.

What do you need?

  • 4x dining chairs with preferably high backs
  • Blankets or sheets
  • Pillows
  • Battery powered fairy lights
  • Stuffed animals

 

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  1. Make 2 rows of chairs with the backs facing each other.
  2. Place blankets and pillows on the floor to make things cozy.
  3. Wrap fairy lights around the back of the chairs.
  4. Drape a sheet or blanket over the top of the chairs, layering them so they meet the ground. Tip: Use a light-coloured sheets to allow some light into the inside of the fort, or use a dark-coloured sheet or blanket to make it darker in the fort.
  5. Pop something heavy (such as books) on the seat of the chair to keep blankets weighed down.

The hanging fort

Great for bedrooms or play areas, you can create these using command hooks or your curtain rail.

What do you need?

  • Strong string or clothes line
  • Sheets or light blankets
  • Fairy lights or lanterns
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Stuffed animals
  • Games

 

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  1. Choose the best place to hook up your command hooks. 
  2. Loop a strong knot around the hook and pull the string to two separate walls or a sturdy bookshelf. Note: For safety, if using a bookshelf, make sure it is strong, you’re using light materials and it is not directly over where your child would be playing.
  3. Lay blankets and sheets over the string.
  4. Hang lights, lanterns or cut outs to create a crafty space.
  5. Lay blankets and pillows on the floor to cosy things up.

The couch fort

Take playtime to the next level with an epic fort in the living room – the best option for movie nights. Turn the couch around so you’re using the back and position it facing a window with a curtain rail, a low sturdy shelf or, position a row of dining chairs to create the other end of the fort.

What do you need?

  • Couch
  • Blankets and sheets
  • Pillows
  • Fairy lights
  • Stuffed animals
  • Movie snacks

 

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  1. Turn your couch around and pick an anchor point
  2. Lay fair lights (drop ones work best here) along the back of the couch
  3. Use a large blanket or sheet to create the top of the fort
  4. Layer blankets and pillows on the floor to create a cosy space
  5. Pop a laptop or tablet in the fort for the kids to have a cool movie night
  6. The most important part – snacks galore!

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