For a kid, there really isn’t anything cooler than a fort in the living room. Except maybe rocket boots – on “The Cool Scale,” rocket boots beat pretty much everything. But unless you’re a gifted mechanical engineer, you probably can’t help your kid build a pair of rocket boots. You can, however, make a rockin’ fort!
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All you need to buff up the fortifications of a room in your home are some clothespins or tape, several large bed sheets and a few pieces of furniture.
1. Stake out your spot. Find a secure place – living rooms and bedrooms are our preferred locations – and set up your main furniture anchor. Something large like a sofa or table works best, but any large, sturdy piece of furniture will do. Note: Since your kids will be crawling around this furniture, avoid pieces that have sharp edges.
2. Set up your walls and roof. Spread your sheet over the main furniture anchor. If you’re building a large fort, you may need several sheets. Then, place a few heavy chairs beneath the edges of the sheets to prop them up. Tip: Fitted sheets make great fort roofs because they can be easily tucked into your anchor.
3. Add some extra support. If you used a lot of sheets, you may need to bring in some more chairs or stools to prop up the sagging areas of your fort. Then, pin the sheets to your anchor and support chairs using tape or clothespins.
4. Build a front door. The best place for an entrance is the spot where two sheets come together. Sofa cushions make perfect door frames. Optional: If you want your fort to be a palace of awesome, grab an old cardboard box and create a tunnel entrance!
5. Stock up on supplies. No fort is complete without a surplus of toys, pillows, lamps and games to play. Help your kids fill their fort with all of their favorite treasures! Note: You may want to think twice before allowing snacks in there – crumbs could put your fort on the fast track to an ant invasion!
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