You Should Make A Blanket Fort This Weekend

A humble suggestion: you should make a blanket fort this weekend. Literally why not? Then you should take pictures of your fort, post them to Instagram, and tag us (@autostraddle) so we can share your forts on our feed and it can feel as though we’re all in a cozy blanket fort together.

Here are two forts I made this week, for inspiration!

Fort 1

Statement of design:

Built in 20 minutes, this fort’s purpose was to create a sunny reading area rather than be a fun build. I intentionally built it around a window to allow maximum light into my new lounge spot.

Fort 2

Statement of design:

A nighttime fort! The design was accidentally a teenage spaceship headed towards ice cream. That is all.

See you in your blanket fort! Virtually, while we all stay home.

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Molly Adams is an LA-based photographer. You can find documenting life from Afghanistan to Standing Rock to the LA queer nightlife. You can also find her on Instagram.

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  1. I was lacking in plans enough to build a fort and take s photo, but I forgot that I can’t just upload photos here and I don’t want to put my photos elsewhere on the internet, sorry.

    My fort is pretty small a cosy, my house is a weird layout and I have a kind of nook in my lounge railings (my lounge has stairs that lead down to my kitchen) which is big enough for a swivel arm chair, a Christmas tree and as of now a small blanket fort, which I am typing this from.

  2. When I was little my grandma would let me rearrange her whole entire living room to make the most awesome blanket forts using a chesterfield sofa, a love seat, a Berger’s chair and ottoman. Then she would get into the fort with em and we would play together and watch Hart to Hart.
    I miss my grandma.

  3. Well, my original plan for this weekend was two 13 hr hospital shifts with a hour less to sleep (clocks change). However for health reasons the outside is now officially out to get me and I have strict instructions to never leave the house again. Looks like fort building is a go. I shall fort liked I’ve never forted before.

  4. Right after college my three roommates and I spent half the summer in a giant living room fort. No furniture in the rest of the house (couch, table, chairs–everything was used as fort support). It was amazing.

  5. Once upon a time my family fostered/tamed feral kittens.

    Don’t remember who’s idea it was but one day we made a blanket fort, the kittens LOVED it.
    Especially the rather standoffish majestic and only long haired kitten, he became an absolute PURRBALL.
    And le gasp CUDDLY.

    Naturally my sibling and I never wanted to take the blanket fort down ever but alas the evening news needed to be seen and the chairs back at the dinner table…eventually.

    11-12 year olds need as many purry kitten cuddles as they can get.

  6. Daytime –> nighttime fort with added coloured lights. Cat destroyed the walls a coupla times. Bonus: built around a heater under the window for light+warmth.

    P.S. I do not comment here much, think the last time was also about blanket forts, or the british bake off. But I am v grateful for the virtual community!

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