13 Adorable Forts for Days When Inside Play Is a Must

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When your craft kit supplies are running low and your kids are looking at their devices with longing, there’s nothing quite like building an indoor fort with your kids. We’ve gathered up some seriously wow-worthy forts to inspire your next creation. Grab your pajamas and your pillows and get building

Check out this indoor fort from Air Fort. Your kids will love how fast it can be built and and how quickly they’ll be having a blast!

Climbing Frame Tent

Do you have an indoor climbing gym? Give it a whole new look with just a sheet! 

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Make-A-Fort Kit

Make-A-Fort Kit

Construct and play inside incredible indoor forts, castles, mazes, and tunnels; there are endless possibilities of what you can build with this engaging kit! 

Get yours here, $77 & up. 

Dining Room Chair Fort

Another easy way to make a hideaway for kids is to grab some high dining chairs, a blanket or sheet and some clips. 

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Utah Country Mom

Firetruck Fort

Jessica, the mom behind Utah Country Mom, built this impressive indoor fort for her firefighting-loving toddler using a card table as the base. 

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Brandon Tran

Cardboard Castle Fort

We’re totally wowed by Brandon Tran’s cardboard castle. If you’ve got extra cardboard boxes (and a fair amount of patience), you can make one for your house too. 

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Fort Boards

Indoor afternoons just got a whole lot more fun! Fort Boards are the perfect open-ended building toys that combine imagination and STEM skills and will keep littles busy for hours. Construct domes, vehicles and various-shaped forts with these colorful and BPA-free pieces that can build up to 20 square feet of construction but fold down for easy storage. Snag a set here

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Modern Parents Messy Kids

Upcycled Newspaper Fort

Gather up your old newspapers to make this genius fort from Modern Parents Messy Kids. You can leave the structure as is, or throw a blanket on top to make it extra cozy. 

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Build-Your-Own Fort Kit

If fort-building isn’t your forte, you can snag a kit like this one from aidenandtuck on Etsy. It’s got everything kids will need to make an awesome indoor fort (minus the sheets or blankets). You just might be surprised by the creations they come up with. 


House in the Hallway Fort

This hallway house is a truly portable wonder. It’s a shapeshifter that can be set up in the hallway, or even over a staircase for older kids who want a two-story play space. Our favorite bit from mom blog ikatbag is how interactive the creation is! 

Small Friendly

Cozy Reading Nook

Here’s another take on the reading nook from Small + Friendly, a modern homemaking blog. With a mini futon and a pretty canopy, littles will love relaxing in this cozy corner. 


Impressive Dome Fort

Budding architects are sure to appreciate this geodesic dome indoor fort built by one talented parent. All the details can be found on Instructables. With cardboard, box cutters and some paint in hand, this could be the perfect way to spend a too-hot day—your kids will definitely thank you! 

Mama Papa Bubba

Under-the-Table Fort

There’s no structure more stable than your table! Take a cue from Mama Papa Bubba and put together a quick hideaway using a bedsheet and a table.

— Taylor Clifton, Christal Y & Susie Foresman


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