Introduction: The Blanket Fort That Ate My Bedroom
The Blanket McMansion
This contest was prescient for me as I had been thinking about building a pvc blanket fort for a long time. Especially in winter, when you want to sit up and play a board game or something but it's just too cold to get out from under the blankets for any reason.
I was first introduced to the notion of building things out of pvc from Thinkenstein a few years back. After I realized what an easy and inexpensive construction material it is, I've had it in mind to try it out. I first tried making a ladder which didn't work and I gave up for a while. But this contest got me thinking about completing this second pvc construction.
I wanted a fort that had a pointy roof like a house and also would sit on the floor around the outside of the bed rather than on top of it.
This fort was designed to fit around the outside edge of a Queen sized bed. Ours is 60" x 80" and the outer dimensions of the fort are around 64" x 84" or thereabouts.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
assortment of permanent markers in varied colors (or electrical tape in different colors)
small number of large safety pins
half round file for smoothing the cut ends of pipes
about 14 sticks of 10 foot pvc pipe 3/4"
4 bags of 3/4" pvc tee connectors
1 bag of 3/4" pvc 45 degree connectors
2 bags of 3/4" pvc 90 degree connectors
2 pvc cross shaped pieces
** I noticed that a year or so ago, you were able to get a 10 foot stick of 220 PSI pvc for around a buck! But since then they have phased that out and now the cheapest you can get is 440 PSI for $2. They must have changed the codes or something so that the cheap pipe is not available. It's too bad because the cheaper pipe is lighter weight and easier to cut. But on the plus side, the strong pipe is sturdier
Step 2: Measure and Cut a Whole Lot of Pipe
Using the cutting guide, measure out the required lengths of pipe and cut them with the hacksaw.
6 at 34"
16 at 28"
4 at 24"
3 at 21"
4 at 19"
8 at 16"
12 at 12"
8 at 11"
8 at 10"
4 at 7.25"
8 at 3"
8 at 1-3/4"
If you file down your cut ends of pipe with a file, your pipes will slide together and come apart more easily, so it is worth it to take the time to do that.
Step 3: Label and Color Code the Pipes and Connectors
Label and color code the pipes with the sharpie pens (or colored electrical tape if you have it)
I went through a couple of iterations on this. The first design was way too big, so I had to cut out a few sections. Then I colored the pipes to help me remember how they went together, but I colored them sort of arbitrarily. I'm sure there's a better way to do the coloring.
Step 4: Assemble the Roof Peak
Start with the two cross pieces and assemble the peak of the roof as illustrated.
Add 8 45 degree pieces to each 3" piece as shown in the second photo.
Then attach 8 16 inch pieces into the other end of the 45s as shown in the fourth photo
Step 5: Assemble Roof Sides
Add 8 tees to the ends of the roof as shown.
Add the horizontal pipes that fit into the tees as shown in the second photo.
Add 4 ten inch pieces into the middle sections as shown in the third photo.
Continue adding tees and the horizontal and vertical bars as illustrated.
Step 6: Add Roof to Wall Connections
Add 90 degree pieces to the ends of all the roof "legs" as shown.
Insert the 8 1-3/4" pieces into each of the 90 degree pieces just added.
Add 8 tees to the 1-3/4" pieces as shown.
Add the final horizontal pieces along the bottom to complete the roof
Step 7: Assemble the Wall Panels
add the verticals that descend from the roof/wall connection.
continue building the walls using the verticals, horizontals and tees as illustrated.
Step 8: Assemble the Back Wall
Assemble the back wall as shown in the photo
Step 9: Cover With Blankets
Now that you have this thing assembled, start covering it with blankets.
It took all 7 of our blankets to cover this!
Step 10: It's Definitely Spacious
It's difficult to convey in photos how big this thing is. It took all the blankets in our house to cover it!
Step 11: Kitty Likes It
Step 12: Greg Has an Idea for a Better Fort
Once Greg saw my fort, he immediately had ideas on how to improvise his own version.
So we made a second smaller fort!
that will be another instructable