Remember when you were a kid, and you would gather up all the pillows and blankets in the house and use them to build a giant pillow fort? Now that you’re an adult, it’s possible you haven’t done this in a while. If that’s the case, it’s definitely time to try again, especially if you have kids.
You have a height advantage now that you didn’t have then, plus a longer reach and a better understanding of structural stability. Show your little ones how they can use their bedding to create a cozy space for all their favorite activities. Bonus points if you crawl in there with them!
If building a pillow fort doesn’t come naturally, or you’re looking for new ideas, use the tips below to learn how to build a pillow fort of epic proportions.
The first thing you need to do is choose the best spot in the house and prepare the space by moving furniture or cleaning up.
Depending on the time of year, you may want to choose a spot near an air vent. In the winter, try building around the heat vent to create a cozy spot for keeping warm.
In the summer, use a bedsheet over an air-conditioning vent and secure the outside edges with pillows. The cool air will blow in and cause the sheet to inflate into a fun, cool bubble.
Next, you’ll want to round up all the supplies you’ll need. Grab the largest and lightest blankets you can find or use bedsheets. Collect pillows from all over the house to make your fort extra comfortable. You can also use them to weigh down the edges of your blankets so they don’t fall. Finally, grab anything you can use to secure blankets in place, such as rubber bands, rope, chip clips, and books.
Consider which blankets or bed sheets will reach the furthest, what you’ll attach them to and how, and what you’ll need to make the inside as comfortable as possible.
Now that your fort is built, the real fun can begin. You can climb inside and hide from the world or use one of these fun ideas below.
Stock up on Pillow Cube pillows before building your next pillow fort and stack them like bricks for outside structural support or get comfy and lay on them inside. Learn how to build a pillow and blanket fort that will stand strong and outlast the fun.