DIY project: Build your own play tent
Make you kids the coolest on the block by taking the build-a-fort idea to the next level. Here's how we built the funky tent in the Low version of our colourful playroom.
- 4 5'x2" x 1" wooden boards
- 1 4'x1" dowel
- 2 locknuts
- 2 3" bolts
- 2 1' lengths of strong cotton rope
- 3 yards of fabric
1 Round off the top of each 5' board using a jigsaw.
2 Measure 1" down from the top of each rounded end and drill a hole.
3 Measure 12" down from the top of each rounded end and drill another hole.
4 Drill a 1"-deep hole at either end of the dowel, ensuring the width of the holes remains slightly smaller than the size of your locknuts; tap in the locknuts using a mallet.
5 Stand two of the boards vertically with the holes at the top; cross them so the holes at the 12" mark match and you end up with an A-frame.
6 Line up one end of the dowel at the 12" mark of the A-frame; screw in a bolt to secure the dowel.
7 Repeat with the second A-frame.
8 Ensure that the A-frames are standing at the same height. Secure their position by stringing rope through the top drill holes and tying the ropes tightly to keep the frames in place and prevent them from opening up; trim the remaining rope.
9 Drape your fabric over the entire tent frame and let it pool onto the floor.
10 Fill the tent with rugs, sheepskins and toss cushions for some plush comfort.