One of our favorite snowy day (or any day!) projects is building a fort—it doesn’t require any crazy supplies and keeps the kids occupied for hours. We’ve gathered up some seriously wow-worthy indoor forts to inspire your next creation. Grab your pajamas and your pillows and get building.

A Pretty Palace

You don’t need a flying carpet to make this awesome Aladdin-inspired fort from Brit + Co. You can put it together using cardboard boxes, paint and inflatable beach balls. To get the instructions, click here.


Cozy Up

This snuggly setup from Little Winter is the perfect way to get cozy on a cold day. Fill up your fort with blankets and pillows (bonus points if you add fairy lights!) and you’ll be set for hours. Get all the details by clicking here.

Table Time

Put your dining room table to good use with this fun idea from The Beetle Shack. If you know your way around a sewing machine, it should be pretty easy to put together. To learn more, click here.

Light It Up

A normal fort becomes something magical when you add sparkly lights to the mix. Kiddos will love cuddling up with a book in a fort like this one from graphic designer Bar Lucci's family blog Art Bar. Click here to get the details.

A Castle in the Clouds

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. Click here to find out how it’s made.

A Rad Reading Nook

Make a cozy reading nook for your little bookworm using silky fabric and a big quilting hoop. Head to parenthood blog Mama Liberated to see how she designed this comfy corner for her kiddo.

Box It Up

If you’ve got a big box on hand, you’ve got to make this cool fort from The OT Toolbox. It’s studded with Christmas lights, and you can also make it into a sensory box by adding dried corn or other materials. Click here to get all the details.

Read All About It

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. To find out how it’s made, click here.

A Clever Kit

If fort-building isn’t your forte, you can snag a kit like this one from Shoppe3130 on Etsy. It’s got everything kids will need to make an awesome fort (minus the sheets or blankets). You just might be surprised by the creations they come up with. Click here to see the kit.

An A+ A-Frame

If you’re handy with a drill and a sewing machine, give this A-frame tent DIY from family blog Cakies a try. It’ll make the perfect kids-only hideout for rainy days and chilled-out evenings. To learn more, click here.

An Indoor Igloo

Got milk? Well, it might take a while to gather enough cartons to replicate this creation by RePlay Report, so get drinking. In addition to teaching your kids about recycling, it’ll make the perfect reading nook for mini bookworms. To learn how it’s made, click here.

House in the Hallway

This hallway house is a truly portable wonder. It's a shape shifter 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! Head over to ikatbag to see the mailbox, indoor lighting and curtains up close.

3, 2, 1 ... Blast Off!

If you’re feeling crafty, check out this crazy cool rocket fort from Kate’s Creative Space. A cardboard box can become something completely new after adding colorful paper, tin foil...the sky’s the limit! To get the scoop, click here.

Camp Out Inside

We love this adorable indoor tent from Ducklings in a Row. Perfect for a pretend camping trip, it’s easy to put together with or without a sewing machine. Find out how it’s done by clicking here.

Make-It-Last Fort-spiration

If your little one is asking for a permanent fort in his bedroom, consider taking inspiration from showroom specialists Regan Baker Design. Their design was featured in The Chronicle, Houzz and SF Curbed, and we can see why! Click here to learn more.

Sew It All Together

If you’re skilled with a sewing machine, whip up this bunk bed fort from craft blog A Lemon Squeezy Home. Kids with handsy siblings will love the sweet fall-proof design. Click here to see the how-to.

Make Yourself Comfortable

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. To learn more, click here.

Dome Be Afraid

Budding architects are sure to appreciate this geodesic dome 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 rainy weekend—your kids will definitely thank you! To see the instructions, click here.

Head Under the Table

There's no structure more stable than your table! Take a cue from Mama Papa Bubba and put together a quick hideaway using a bed sheet and a table. Visit the crafty blog here to see all the kinds of fun your tots can have in their little nook.

The No-Sew Bunk Bed Fort

Got a bunk bed? Then you've got a pre-made fort hiding right in front of your eyes! This 5-minute, no-sew fort from creative family blog Come Together Kids takes only a twin sheet and curtain rings to come alive. Click here to find out how it's made.

Got any fort building tips to share? Let us know in the comments below.

— Christal Y & Susie Foresman


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