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July 21, 2012 7:34 PM Subscribe
Help me build the best modular indoor blanket fort EVER.
posted by Doleful Creature to home & garden (15 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
I have two young children (ages 2 & 4). They are now interested in building forts, castles, tents, and pirate ships. Most often I grab a bunch of bed sheets, a card table, the piano bench, couch cushions and all that stuff and we make some pretty fantastic forts.
But I want to do more.
I've seen a lot of stuff lately on places like Pinterest where people are doing things like making teepee frames out of PVC or using shower-curtain tension rods to make hallway dividers and stuff. All very cool to be sure, but I don't want to build those kinds of things, because they tend to be locked into a specific shape or theme.
What I really want to do is come up with some kind of modular tent-fort system that can be reconfigured over and over again, with lots of different combination possibilities. Something that doesn't necessarily resemble a formal structure but rather is more abstract and weird and thus can more readily become anything in my boys' imaginations.
I have this notion of buying a bunch of PVC and making wacky, mostly stackable shapes upon which sheets can be draped, but I'm not really sure where to begin or if what I'm thinking of is really feasible.
Have you ever done something similar? Are there set-building or general engineering principles that would be useful in such a project? I'm very open-minded about ideas, I just don't want to build a traditional teepee frame or something that looks like a house with a pitched roof.
Bonus: optimize for tunnels
Bonus-bonus: my four-year-old is obsessed with dark woods, caves, ancient doors, and friendly dinosaur-pirates who invite you to lunch