Remember pillow forts? That magical combination of sheets, pillows, and twinkle lights that turned your living room into an indoor adventure? Well, we’re bringing them back (insert airhorn noise).

Knowing that a lot of us are unable to engage with the outdoors in the ways that we’re used to (from camping to hiking), there’s no better time to fire up that imagination and bring your outdoor adventure inside.

To help grease the wheels of creativity, we partnered with our friends at Philly-based design and engineering firm Oat Foundry to put together the ultimate pillow fort guide. Perfect for roommate builds, family hangouts, or for taking conference calls. Take a look at some step-by-step instructions below. Good luck and remember, you’re never too old to build a pillow fort.


Adults may find this process of building and playing in a pillow fort extremely fun. Inner childhood imagination may be sparked. 

  • Always use your imagination
  • Never say no to a design until you try it
  • Always involve everyone around you
  • Always make sure supports are sturdy
  • Blankets are totally allowed to be a roof
  • If it collapses, you’ll be fine. It’s a Pillow fort

Try the following to make the most of your indoor adventure

The Scout’s Tent

The Scout’s Tent is a take on the American hiking classic. A rope tied to two trees with a large sheet evenly split across it.  


  • Foundation
    • 2x Couch cushions 
  • Roof
    • 1x Large bed sheet
  • Atmosphere 
    • 3x House plants
  • Structure
    • 2x Chairs
    • 1x Rope
    • 6x Books
  • General
    • Tape measure


  • If no rope is available, you can roll up another sheet into a makeshift rope. 
  • Use books or other heavy items to add extra support to the chairs. 

Scout’s Tent Assembly

  1. Place the chairs 8 feet apart.
  2. Place one textbook on each chair.
  3. Place couch cushions on the floor between the two chairs.
  4. Securely tie the rope to the top of the chairs.
  5. Place the large bedsheet on top of the rope.
  6. Spread out each corner of the large bed sheet on the floor.
  7. Place one textbook on each corner of large bedsheet.
  8. Place house plant A and B at one end of the tent.

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