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Tips and ideas for building a blanket fort

When it’s a gray day outside, a blanket fort can be perfect for getting a fun activity going together. Best of all, it’s easy to do with what you already have at home. Here are some fort building ideas putting your sofa, chairs, clothes rack and loads of blankets, cushions and bed linen to creative use.

A girl and a man playing inside a blanket fort built on a beige PÄRUP sofa, beside an oak veneer coffee table on a beige rug.
A girl and a man playing inside a blanket fort built on a beige PÄRUP sofa, beside an oak veneer coffee table on a beige rug.

Clothes rack camping tent

An idea for a smaller tent-style build is to start with a clothes rack. Use lighter throws or bed linen and they should be easy to fasten at the top with clothes pegs. For more space inside, simply hold out the walls with a pair of cushions.

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A blanket fort built on a white MULIG clothes rack with off-white throws, plus a rug, a cushion and a throw inside.
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A cozy cave to crawl into

The back of an armchair can easily become a low cave-style blanket fort, perfect for reading a book or just getting a moment to yourself. It’s a quick and easy build, too. Simply drape bed linen over the backrest and go get some cushions to make it cozy inside.

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A pink JÄTTEVALLMO duvet cover hanging off the back of an armchair to make a blanket fort, with a soft toy and a book inside.
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The snuggly sofa fortress

Standing the seat cushions of your sofa upright and draping throws over them can turn a three-seater into a two-room blanket fort. The sofa base is a little hard to sit on, so bring cushions, pillows and blankets to get comfy.

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A man with a soft toy playing with a girl in a blanket fort built with red-brown/white throws on a beige PÄRUP sofa.
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A girl playing with soft toys and a DUKTIG tea playset on two grey SLÄKT pouffe/mattresses inside a blanket fort.
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This mattress makes any play area more comfortable, not least the floor of blanket forts. It’s also easy to fold and stow away when playtime is over.
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Christina BreezeInterior Designer

A girl closing the opening to a CIRKUSTÄLT children’s tent on a beige BRÖNDEN rug beside a LISTERBY oak veneer coffee table.

Why not a prefab fort?

A children’s play tent is another way of getting a cozy hideaway – easy to pop up and you can take it down just as quickly. Or on second thought, perhaps you want to leave it standing and store toys inside?

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