Bring back the indoor fort.
When I was little, my best friend at the time used to roll her eyes when she came over, because I always wanted to make a couch fort. We had this fantastic 1970s behemoth that had little finials all around the top. The tiny holes in the large blanket we had fit perfectly over them, making it the greatest base for my forts. All we needed then was a yard stick to prop it up from the inside. It was magnificent.
I haven’t made an indoor fort since grade school, and that’s just a flat-out travesty. Where’s the rule that they’re only for kids? I sure don’t see one. Personally, I think as adults, we’re more deserving of a special little place to get away from the world from time to time.
Turns out that I’m not alone in my thoughts. Here are some great links to show that kids aren’t the only ones who should have all the fun:
- How to make a blanket fort – In case you’re still not familiar with the concept of what an indoor fort entails, you can read up on these instructions to help get you started.
- Tumblr blogs devoted to forts – There was not just one, but TWO blogs on Tumblr that I found, both dedicated to curating images from around the web. Take a peek at what others have created to get some inspiration.
- The Reddit fort subsection – Reddit users seem to be pretty fond of forts, as well, as evidenced by all this activity. To quote one user, “There is no problem in the world that cannot be solved by forts.” Indeed, my friend. Indeed.
- Wild Things fort contest – Back when the movie Where the Wild Things Are was out and about, the blog BOOOOOOOM held a contest for the best Wild Things fort. Check out these winners and scroll to the bottom for links to the other entries.
- Couch Cushion Architecture: A Critical Analysis – The blog BUILD took a scholarly review of selected forts in this fun write-up, including giving out design grades.
- Craigslist’s totally dope blanket fort – If you’re not familiar with the way some people use Craigslist as a medium for some pretty hilarious creative writing exercises, this listing from a few years back will break you in. After reading it, check out the Sesame-Street-style music video spoof Details magazine made to celebrate it.