3 Awesome Kid Forts Plans (For Hours Of Living Room FUN)

Do you have kids who want a fort to play in?

Are you looking for some great plans to help you build the perfect fort for your little one?

Why do kids love to play in forts, anyway?

Children love to have fun in forts. This type of play can encourage a lot of creativity as well as sharing and teamwork skills, too. Some kids find forts relaxing and they can even be beneficial for children who have sensory play needs, too.

With most of the different types of forts out there, you can get your little ones involved in the fun of building them. In this article, we’ll show you plans for three different kinds of forts you can build with your children.

Check out these kids forts plans to help you find the right one to build with your child.

1. Pillow/Sheet Fort


  • Large pillows, preferably sofa cushions
  • ​Blankets or sheets
  • Chairs (optional)

How To:

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    First, plan out the pillow fort in a part of the room where you can use furniture or the walls to help support the structure. This way, your child will not be able to knock it over too easily while playing inside.
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    Build the walls of the pillow fort by stacking pillows unevenly on top of each other. Put pillows over the “cracks” where the previous row of pillows meet to help give the fort more support.
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    For the sheet roof, choose something heavier instead of something lighter if you’re building it. This may seem counter-intuitive, but it will help you keep all your pillows together.
  • If your children are building the fort, use lighter fabric so the kids can pick it up and move it around easily.
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    You may want to use chairs and heavier pillows to extend the fort even further.

2. Cardboard Fort


  • Broken-down boxes or individual sheets of cardboard
  • ​Paint, markers, or other drawing tools
  • ​Packaging tape

How To:

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    If you need to cut the cardboard, do so with an X-acto knife before letting your children get involved. This is a great time to cut windows and doors into the cardboard or boxes you’ll be working with, or to cut the cardboard down to sizes you can maneuver more easily.
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    Get the kids involved and use them to help you measure out how large the fort needs to be. They can also give you a better idea of how tall it needs to be, too.
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    Set up the pieces of cardboard in the configuration you and your kids think is best. As you go, tape the corners together with the packaging tape to give the structure some support.
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    This is also a good time to add a roof if you’re going to. If you do add a roof, make sure you have cut in windows and doors for breathability and to keep your children from overheating inside.
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    When the whole fort is put together, let your kids draw and color on the outside to decorate it as much as they want!
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    Don’t forget to decorate the inside with toys, blankets, and pillows.

Wooden Fort


  • (4) 4x4 lumber posts
  • ​(4) 2x6 lumber frame pieces
  • ​(11) 2x6 lumber floor pieces
  • (26) 2x4 lumber slats
  • (2) 2x4 lumber roof pieces
  • (2) 2x6 lumber ladder pieces
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    (1) canopy roof
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  • Tape measure
  • ​Miter saw
  • ​Circular saw
  • Screwdriver
  • Sander
  • Power drill
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    Post hole digger
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    Quick-dry concrete and mixing tools
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    Safety gloves, goggles, and shoes

How To:

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    Start by securing the wooden posts evenly in your yard. Set them up with a level and ensure they’re in the right place, then mix the quick-dry concrete and pour it around each post evenly to secure.
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    Use the 2x6 beams to build the frame. Attach them on all four sides of the structure along the top and in the center. Drill pilot holes and use galvanized screws to attach.
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    Add a support beam going through the center as well and secure with more galvanized screws.
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     Use 2x6 boards to build the floor slats. Lay them flush with one another over the “middle” frame structure and secure with galvanized screws. You may need to use the circular saw to notch the slats that will be fitting around the posts of the structure.
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    Build the walls of the fort by using 2x2 or 2x4 pieces of lumber as needed and securing them with galvanized screws around three of the sides of the fort. Leave no more than four inches of space between each one to prevent your children from falling through.
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    On the fourth side, leave 20 inches of free space for the “door” and finish the slats on either side.
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    Build a small ladder by attaching two 58-inch pieces of wood cut on a 30 degree angle to the top of the fort. Screw in 9-inch wide stairs going up the ladder to give your children easy access to the top of the fort.
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    On the top of the structure’s frame, attach two 2x2 pieces of lumber evenly on opposing sides. Screw a 66-inch wide beam in to connect the two of these. This will be the crossbeam for your roof.
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    Stretch a tarp canopy over the crossbeam and secure with wood staples or screws on either side of the fort.
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    Optionally, you may choose to add a slide kit. If you do want to put in a slide, be sure you follow the directions on the slide kit to install properly. This is not required for a great wooden fort, however.
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    Finally, fill in all the hardware holes for your children’s safety. If you want to, you can also sand and stain or pant the finished fort.


As you can see, there are plenty of fun options you can pick from when building forts you’re your kids. Pillow forts and sheet forts won’t cost you anything and you can easily use whatever you already have on hand, while wooden forts will require a lot of materials and time. Cardboard forts are a nice in-between that will cost a little bit of money but won’t take long to build.

What can you do to make your child’s fort more fun?

  • Themes: Choose a theme like pirates, princesses, superheroes, animals, or something else your child really loves and dress up the playhouse in this style.
  • Pretend furniture and housewares: Add a toy kitchen or a pretend stove, or put in a little child-friendly table. Anything that makes your fort a little more like “home” is a good addition!
  • Dress-up: Put some dress-up clothes inside the fort and encourage your child to play pretend even more when he or she is using it.
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Keep all of these suggestions in mind and you’ll have no trouble putting together the perfect fort for your children in no time!


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