Secret Play Place: Table Fort

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When I was a kid, building a fort was at least a weekly occurrence. We didn't have anything fancy, just the couch pillows and blankets, which usually meant that our fort collapsed in on us at least eleventy times an hour.

So I'm always intrigued by new ideas for kids' forts that use some kind of rigid structure as a starting point. You can use a specially designed tablecloth to create a hiding space, create a custom fabric cover, or just go the way of your ancestors and simply throw sheets over the table. This new idea, though, seems even easier and more versatile: install roller blinds under the table and voilĂ , pull down walls!

I love this idea because it solves so many of the traditional problems associated with fort building. Need to clean it up in a hurry? Simply roll those blinds up! Need a place to store your fort components? No worries, it rolls up and out of sight. You can even easily customize your fort to have as many or as few walls as you want by pulling down only selected shades.

If you don't feel like screwing hardware underneath your beautiful dining room table, choose a table from a play area or a kitchen. My kids are nearly grown out of the fort-building phase, but I'm still considering putting one in my kitchen. Maybe a special reading nook for me?

Have you tried a hack like this? Let us know in the comments!

(Image credits: Lesley Unruh/Rodal Books 2010)

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Beth is a writer, crafter, DIYer and design enthusiast, living in L.A. with her husband, 2 young boys, and a large mutt named Caesar. She loves fonts, yoga, matcha lattes, and home-grown tomatoes and is not shy about being a consummate nerd.

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