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How To Make A Pillow Fort- The Ultimate Guide

A pillow fort is a fun, low-cost activity that can get the entire family involved in something creative and fun. As a bonus, these forts only require a few, common household items to get started. 

Pillow forts are a great way to have fun inside, and beat the heat during a hot summer. Once you’ve created your fort, you can then have fun family time playing games, reading books or just spending time together inside of your very own creation. 

It’s the perfect activity for active kids or activities to keep toddlers busy.

Here is a step-by-step guide on creating the ultimate fort: 

How To Make A Pillow Fort

Tips for building a pillow fort for kids

Step 1: Gather Supplies

Pillow forts can be largely adapted to fit your family’s needs, and are most commonly made with everyday household items. Though there are a few staples that must be included (like pillows, for example), the rest of the items used to build the walls and support of the fort can be customized to your family. 

Here are some common items used in pillow forts: 

  • Blankets
  • Sheets
  • Pillows
  • Chairs
  • Decorations

Step 2: Choose a Location

Choosing a location for your fort can make or break your experience inside. Try to pick a well-ventilated area that is close to sunlight but won’t get too hot. If possible, try to also build your fort around an electrical outlet so you can plug in a lamp, phone or computer chargers, or any other electronics you want to bring inside of your fort. 

Step 3: Build the Base

The base of a pillow fort is usually made from a sofa, table or other big piece of furniture that can serve as the support system for the entire mechanism. This anchor piece should be a larger and heavier item that will either serve as the back wall or the center of the entire fort, and do the bulk of the heavy lifting. To build the base, attach the sheets and blankets that will make up the walls to the couch, chair, table or whatever you choose as the base of your fort. 

Step 4: Build the Roof

Building the roof is the next step that will make sure your fort has a strong support system. To make the roof of your fort, pick a lightweight and sturdy sheet and attach it to the sides and base of your fort. You can use multiple sheets or blankets depending on how big you want the fort to be! You can also attach the roof sheet to a wall with pushpins if you’re building your fort against a wall in your home. 

Step 5: Make the Walls

To cover holes between your base and roof, use lightweight sheets and blankets. Drape these items on your pillow fort where there is a gap, and allow them to cover the holes and add some fun texture and color to your fort. Use light-weight, light-colored sheets and blankets so your fort doesn’t trap heat inside and become too hot! 

Step 6: Decorate the Fort

Once you’ve got the structure created, it’s time for the fun part: decorating! There are so many fun themes you can choose from that will take your fort to the next level and make it fun for all who enter. Bring in string lights, lamps, rugs, decorative pillows and whatever else you can find to create the pillow fort of your dreams for maximum relaxation and fun. 

Step 7: Add Personal Touches

Making your fort personal for you and your family can make it more fun to spend time inside. Consider making a fun, festive sign or bringing in your family’s favorite things to make the fort all your own and a sanctuary where you can have fun together as a family. For added whimsy and personalization, check out the following pillow fort printables

You could also incorporate these fun indoor camping printable activities!

Customizable Welcome Sign

Pillow fort printable welcome sign

[printable download]

Download this customizable welcome sign to give your fort a name that is all your own. Attach it to your fort with tape or string!

Printable Garden

Pillow fort garden printable

[printable download]

Print out these fun garden plants and bugs to add a touch of whimsy to your fort. Attach them to the sides of your structure with tape or string and enjoy feeling like you just stepped into a fairy’s cove. 

Printable Night Sky

Printable night sky for pillow fort

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Print out these stars and planets to create a night sky in your bedroom. Hang them from the top of your fort or attach them to string lights to give yourself the sensation of being in space or gazing up at the night sky from a campsite. Bring a real outdoor adventure into your living room!

Beach Day Garland

Seas the day printable

[printable download]

Print out this beach day garland to bring the fun feeling of a beach tent into your home. String the letters and marine animals together on a string and hang it in your fort to get yourself into a beachy mood. Then get ready to relax!

I hope you love creating your very own ultimate pillow fort with your family!

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