Posted on January 25 2019
Building a blanket fort is something all children should enjoy, not just because it’s an excellent opportunity for imaginative play, but because it’s a great way to pass the time on rainy or cold days where there’s not much to do outside.
What’s more, it’s an excellent opportunity to have a couple of friends over and have a sleepover together full of games and treats.
As you can imagine, there are many different ways to build a blanket fort. The simplest ways of doing this involve draping a large sheet over a table so your children can play underneath it and create their own space. You can make the space bigger by using the chairs and placing them with their backs to the table so you can drape the sheet over them as well.
Another super simple way of building a blanket fort involves the use of bunk beds. These two are the most traditional, easy ways of making a blanket fort. But if you want to take it a step further and really create a space your children can enjoy, continue reading!
The first thing you’ll need to do is gather the following supplies: blankets, sheets or quilts, pillows, something to use as a primary anchor, such as a table, bed or sofa, chairs, and tape.
Once you have everything, you’ll have to prepare the space. To choose the right spot, you need to make sure the area is close to the piece of furniture you’ll be using as your main anchor. When you do that, make sure you clear all valuable or breakable objects from the space as well ass small pieces of furniture that could fall over.
Remember, kids will be playing and jumping around, so you want to avoid accidents and messes.
Now that you’ve done that, it’s time to begin construction. Start by spreading a large sheet over your main anchor. Spread it out and drape it over other pieces of furniture as well so you can have a larger fort.
Use the extra sheets, blankets, or quilts to make more room by overlapping the sheets over the ones that are already draping or by securing them with tape. Now you’ll want to take the chair and use it to keep the middle of the sheet from sagging. You can also use a bar stool, a tripod, or another piece of furniture, just don’t use anything that isn’t sturdy or high enough. Do this wherever you see the sheet is sagging.
Now that you have your roof use pillows or blankets to cover the gaps. Then, create an entrance by using a pillow or a cardboard box.
That’s it! Your blanket fort is done, now all you have to do is stock it up with sleeping bags, stuffed animals, board games, a TV, cold drinks, and snacks, and then invite your children to play and allow them to have complete freedom over their imaginative play time!