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How to Build a Fort in Your Room

With just a few things from around the house, you can turn your bedroom into a fortress!


  • Step 1: Pick your spot Choose an area on the floor between two pieces of furniture (like your bed and dresser, or desk and chair), clear the space, and put down a blanket for the floor.
  • Step 2: Construct the walls Use your furniture to prop up the couch cushions in a way that forms three walls. Use large boxes or squares of cardboard to add extra rooms.
  • TIP: Try not to block the doorway.
  • Step 3: Make the roof Drape a blanket or sheet over the fort’s walls. You also can tie the corners of sheets to pieces of furniture.
  • Step 4: Strengthen your structure Use some heavy objects—like hardcover books—to pin down each corner of the blanket. If your fort is big enough, put some pillows inside to make it comfy.
  • Step 5: Enter your fort Grab a playmate, snacks, flashlight, games, or whatever else you’d like, and prepare to defend your fort!
  • TIP: Don’t put the heavy objects too close to the inside of the fort—you don’t want them to fall in on you when you enter!
  • Step 6: Ask for permission Get the okay from your mom or dad to use couch cushions, blankets, and pillows to build a fort in your room.
  • FACT: Francis Scott Key was inspired to write 'The Star-Spangled Banner' after witnessing the attack on Baltimore’s Fort McHenry.

You Will Need

  • Parental permission
  • 2 to 4 blankets or sheets
  • 3 couch cushions or pillows
  • Some heavy objects
  • Imagination
  • Boxes or squares of cardboard (optional)
  • Playmates (optional)
  • Decorations (optional)
  • Extra pillows (optional)
  • Snacks (optional)
  • Flashlight (optional)
  • Games (optional)

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