The blanket fort that ate my bedroom

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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.

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Step 1: Materials and tools

Picture of materials and tools
tools needed:

rubber mallet
hack saw
mitre box
tape measure
cutting guide
safety glasses
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

great idea I like yours better than Greg's fort
my mom would never let me do this
fullyz653 months ago

Nice work! I just built this for the kids. I scaled down a little...and it is still big. Thank you for the great instructable.

foobear (author)  fullyz653 months ago
Really, wow! Please post photos!
gymstar4564 months ago
I loved it
dragonsmithy6 months ago

Being a long time larper, this is a very effective way to make a period style tent, for those whos personas are better off then others.Thank you very much for sharing your ideas and plans for this build,When i get around to making one of my own i will have to make sure i link you the pictures for it, and tell every one i know about it so we can all have our own.
foobear (author)  dragonsmithy6 months ago
Cool. I didn't know that gabled tents were a thing back then. It would be great to see the photos when you do it. thanks!
velorna7 months ago
I love it!! I wanted to build something similar for my kids this past summer. They want a club house. I was going to use PVC so that I could put it away at the end summer.
foobear (author)  velorna7 months ago
cool! =)
tipperblue7 months ago
Awesome! :)
Redrum6247 months ago
What's the name of the software that you used? I searched in vain for something like that while making my hydroponic garden out of pvc pipes... Would have been better than paint!
foobear (author)  Redrum6247 months ago
It's called Sketchup. I think you can still get a free version. It used to be owned by Google but they sold it to some company called "Trimble". I'm using the old version: Version 8. I haven't tried any of the newer versions yet.
tbaltz7 months ago
I tried to build one for my daughter and I was stumped at the roof part without using plastic ties.. This is very very cool I can't wait to do this.. Well done man!!!
foobear (author)  tbaltz7 months ago
cool thanks!
jakebader7 months ago
Use colored electrical tape to mark pipes
foobear (author)  jakebader7 months ago
good idea!

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