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How to build a fort

By Real Simple staff
July 4, 2013 -- Updated 1444 GMT (2244 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Building a fort for your kids is easy: So get creative
  • Extra binder clips from old files keep sheets in place
  • Consider pitching a fort under a light fixture

(Real Simple) -- When it comes to fort construction, the rules are pretty easy to follow. Start by gathering necessary materials—sofa cushions, laundry clips, spare sheets, beach towels—and then let your kid's imagination take it away.

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Clothespins and clips
Think out of the box in terms of the materials that will help you build. Clothespins, for example, are perfect for hanging linens and attaching items together. Binder clips and chip clips work just as well.

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Knobs and pulls
Turn to string, wire, or yarn for expanding your fortress. Cling to knobs, pulls, doorknobs, and even hinges for extra support.

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Furniture legs
Don't underestimate the legs of chairs, sofas, and other heavy pieces of furniture. Not only are these items ideal for launching your foundation from, but their weight will keep the fort grounded.

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Light fixtures
When planning your fort, examine the walls. Light fixtures are often underestimated and perfectly mounted for offering support at great (and varying) heights.

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Watch this fort being built
Ready to start building? Get inspired by these amazing blanket forts.

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