Amazing Blanket Fort Ideas
Photo: Mark Lund; Styling: Kate Jordan
Want to create a fortress mighty enough to withstand any big bad wolf’s huffs and puffs? Get inspired by these seven creations.
Build a Fort
The art of building a super-secret hideaway is pretty simple. If you leave it up to your kids’ imaginations, amazing things will appear. (A pile of pillows, a stack of sheets, and some clothespins will also help this creative cause.)
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Find a Secret Spot
The true brilliance behind the fort is that one can pop up virtually anywhere—like under the kitchen table. A simple sheet draped over a piece of furniture can create a natural nook for reading, drawing, or scheming.
Transform a Corner
Even rambunctious little feet need a mellow hideaway where important things (unwinding, napping, daydreaming) happen. Choose a room with the right furniture and architectural details—sofa, ottoman, built-in bookshelves—for supporting your fortress. Bring in pillows and stuffed toys to make the floor comfy enough for lounging.
Get Everyone Involved
Bedroom essentials rise to the occasion and tackle challenging roles in the living room. If you're planning for a private hideaway, then sheets, pillows, and blankets are necessary building materials.
Let Kids Take Charge
Sofa cushions, bed sheets, building blocks, oh my! If you're brave enough to give kids creative control, unexpected elements (storage containers, crib bumpers, stuffed animals) may arrive on set. A treasured hideaway is all the more fun (and special) when little dreamers work together.
Stage a Room Takeover
We’ve seen forts pop up in corners or pitched under tables, but how about taking over an entire room? Create this spacious tent-like vibe by hanging sheets all around.
A little privacy can sprout from everyday items (beach towels, bed sheets, blankets) working in clever and creative ways. Never underestimate a playdate that involves colorful tape and binder clips.
Pitch it Outside
Envisioning a secret place in the garden, woods, or yard? Tree houses and swing sets can become exciting outdoor hideouts. Sneak in some alone time by hanging picnic blankets, bath sheets, and beach towels around the perimeter.
Build Your Own
Ready to start your own indoor construction? Get inspired and watch fort-building in action.