We’ve seen lots of posts recently about camping out in your back garden. We think this is a great idea to ease those adventure blues but what about if you don’t have outside space at your house? Don’t worry, you can still make your own little den inside where you don’t need to worry about getting a lashing from the elements – a pillow fort!

Here’s the YHA guide to building the perfect pillow fort.

The execution of a perfect pillow fort is all in the planning. You need to identify your materials to begin with (pillows obvs, but also furniture and sheets), decide where the entrance to the fort will go and always have a vision in your head of what you’d like the finished fort to look like. If you’re taking this really seriously then we would recommend drawing out your plans. To scale.

First you’ll need to gather your materials – the pillows from your bed and sofa are a great start, but you may need more than this. Try the airing cupboard for some spare sheets or improvise with cuddly toys and the settee cushions.

You’ll need to select your location carefully. If you’re thinking the fort may be a great place to watch TV from, ensure that you’re near a screen. If the weather is warm, it could get warm inside the fort so ensure you’re near a window to let some fresh air in. You also might want to make sure you’re near to the fridge to make foraging for food easier.

Pillow fort

Next: choose your furniture. It’s up to you how many pieces of furniture you choose to incorporate – you can use bar stools, a dining table, the sofa, chairs – anything goes! Your furniture will need to be relatively sturdy as this will act as the retaining walls of the structure.

You need to sort all your available pillows into two piles – ones for walls and ones that will be cosy inside your fort. For the walls you are looking for sturdy, strong pillows whereas you want your softer, more comfortable pillows on the inside.

Then select your “roof”. A sheet is usually easier to use than a blanket, however, it will let more light in. If you have rope lying around you could tie it in between two pieces of furniture tightly, so that the roof doesn’t cave in in the middle. You can use pillows to weigh the sheet down on the furniture or use books for a more heavy duty ballast option.

Remember the pillows? This is where they come in handy. Wherever there are gaps, holes and openings in your fort, fill these in with pillows, sheets and blankets.

Now it’s time for the interior. Cosy is the name of the game here so use your softest, fluffiest pillows to create somewhere comfortable to chill out. A faux fur throw here makes for an excellent floor covering.

And there you have it – a finished pillow fort!

The true beauty of a pillow fort is that there really is no right or wrong way to build one and it can be different each time. Enjoy!

Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for livemore.yha.org.uk and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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