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Remember pillow forts? Remember how much fun you had as a kid building a little place you could climb into and stake your claim? If you want to help a child build one of his or her own – or just relive the glory days and build one for yourself – here are some tips for making certain that your pillow fort is the best pillow fort of all time.
Fortunately, you don't need a lot to make a great pillow fort. You'll want pillows, of course. You'll also need some couch cushions and some blankets. A thick blanket, like a down comforter, can work the best because it's dense enough to block out light.
You'll want to pick an area that has furniture in it that you can build around. Couches, chairs, and higher tables work quite well, especially in combination. Construct your fort around them and you'll have yourself a super-cool oasis.
If you're building your fort on a hot summer day, make certain to take advantage of any air conditioning vents or units.
Move the furniture around to create a large circle. Obviously, if you're using the sofa, it's probably best to form the chairs in a circle around it since they are easier to move. Fill in the spots with any large seat cushions that you're using. Fill in any holes with smaller pillows that you have. You can also use sheets and thinner blankets to create nice, thick walls.
Finally, it's time to put on your roof. Sheets work well to make the base of the roof, but for more privacy in your fort, you'll also want to use your down comforter here to make your fort a dark, cozy shelter.
Once you have your fort built, you simply have to give it a name. I like something fanciful such as "Fort Lollipop" or "Fort McPillow", but the sky's the limit as far as what you choose.
Now crawl inside with a flashlight and a good book and enjoy your best pillow fort of all time!
Need other ideas for kids? Read posts on DIY projects for decorating your child's bedroom and bedroom decorations inspired by children's books.