Indoor Fun: Sheet Forts

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Sheet forts: fun, easy, cheap indoor fun and full of potential to help your little one’s imagination grow and boost brain development. 

By Kim Uliana

You know how the old story goes; “You give a kid a toy and all they want to play with is the box.” It’s funny but it’s also so true. We try so hard to entertain them with a houseful of beautiful and fancy toys, but the truth is they don’t need them. It really is the simple things that keep our children happy. My daughter is no differentfort.

Sheet forts are a time honored favorite of children and parents. Kids love feeling like they have a space of their own. These easy hide-outs give them an exciting and private little world that they can choose to play in alone or invite in company. My daughter loves having tea parties and book picnics under our living room forts. We have set up pretend classrooms, have set up camp and hid from bears and sometimes it’s just a fun cuddle spot.

Our forts aren’t confined to just our living room though. Forts can be propped up pretty much anywhere your imagination allows you. We have made hallway forts, bed forts and have even used bath forts to lure our daughter into taking a bath from time to time. It’s amazing how much more fun bath time becomes just from adding a few sheets. All of a sudden I cannot get her out of the tub.

Set up is simple and can be done virtually anywhere.

What you will need

  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Pillows

Mount with

  • Rope or string
  • Tension rods
  • Chairs
  • Furniture
  • Doorknobs
  • Flashlights


  • Books
  • Board games
  • Coloring
  • Tea party
  • Camping
  • Picnic
  • Any of your other favorite activities – use your imagination!

Pick an area in your home to set up your fort.

For a quick, no fuss fort just drape a sheet over a table with an open bottom that you are able to crawl under.

For other forts use the furniture in your room to help erect your structure. Tuck the edges of the sheets into or tie to couches and other heavy pieces of furniture. Bring in chairs if needed and tie sheets or blanket to the tops of them. You can use door handles on closed doors as a tie off point as well.

In narrow areas such as hallways or if you are building a bath fort you may use tension rods to drape your sheets over. If you are particularly ambitious, use an old pair of sheets and paint to give your fort a little pizzazz. Don’t limit yourself; why not build a fort out on your porch or try a fort in your backyard.

Half the fun is trying to build it, so use your imaginations and have fun with it.

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