All You Need On How To Make An Indoor Tent For Your Kids

Do you love going on vacation with your family and want to bring that camping tent’s and playhouse’s feeling along to your house? We all have fond, indelible childhood memories of spending hours in the little tents at our homes. Tents are fortresses of adventure and imagination and kids love them. With a simple and cosy DIY indoor tent for your kids, get ready for a day full of fun, adventure, and giggles!

Mother and daughter playing at home in a tent

Depending on the time and supplies that you have, you can make a simple, temporary playhouse tent for your kids or a permanent indoor tent for them to read and play in. Read on to find all you need to know about this fun and exciting DIY project. Then let your children get their kids cameras and keep your memories together forever! You can also check our article on different games you can play with them outdoors for more laughter!

Making a temporary DIY tent

Before you start, you have to decide the place where you will set up the play tent. It is ideal that you have a wall or sofa as a backdrop. This is important so that when you keep cushions inside, your kiddos will have support to lean on.

1. Classic fort-tent

You can make a temporary, makeshift tent and pillow fort from things that are already present in your house, without going overboard. Plus, the things that you will need will depend on the type of tent you are making as well.

Things you will need
  • Four chairs (you can get more)
  • Bedsheets
  • Cushions/Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Heavy books
  • Fairy lights/Decorative items
DIY steps

Creating a classic fort-tent is very simple, easy, and straightforward. Here are the steps that you will need to follow.

  1. Get the four chairs together. 
  2. Place two chairs – facing outwards – at either side. 
  3. Place a colourful bed sheet over the chairs to make the roof of the tent. 
  4. Keep heavy books on either side of the sheet to ensure that it doesn’t slide.
  5. For a larger tent, you can use more sheets
  6. Attach the sheets together with binder clips.
  7. Place a thick blanket on the floor and cover it with a beautiful, colourful bedspread.
  8. You can place as many cushions and pillows as you want to create a comfy, cosy feel.
  9. String fairy lights around the tent to create a magical look. You can get some dreamcatchers, small bells, paper butterflies, etc. to enhance the look of the tent.
  10. To make the entrance look interesting, you can get a welcome board and place a snack basket as well.

Happy father and little daughter playing in kids tent at night

2. Makeshift Fabric Tent

Things you will need
  • String
  • Sheet
  • Books
  • Blanket
  • Cushions/Pillows
DIY steps

In a hurry to get the tent up for your kids’ playtime? It doesn’t get easier than a makeshift fabric tent. Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Select two points, each on opposite walls, preferably in the middle of the kid’s room.
  2. Tighten a string between the points that you have selected.
  3. You can use a dowel instead of a string if you prefer. 
  4. Throw a sheet over the string in an A-frame shape.
  5. Place some books on the four corners of the sheet so that it stays in place.
  6. Get a blanket (or make a weighted blanket to make it even comfortable)on the floor and place some beautiful cushions and you are good to go!

3. Temporary Table Tent

Things you will need
  • Table
  • Tablecloth
  • Blankets/Cushions
  • Books
DIY steps

Making a tent for your little ones is a great way to get their imagination up and running. Here’s another way you can make a temporary tent for your adventurous children.

A boy playing in his table tent while his mother is working

  1. Get a tablecloth that runs all the way down to the floor. If you don’t have that, a large sheet will work fine as well.
  2. Throw the sheet/tablecloth on the table
  3. Place a few books on the corners as well as on the top of the table to ensure the sheet doesn’t slip.
  4. To make the tent comfortable, add a blanket and a few colourful cushions
  5. For the entrance, you can create a slit in the middle or clip an edge of the sheet up.
  6. Hem the fabric. If you have created a slit, we suggest that you hem the fabric so that it will last for a long time.
  7. Place toys, games, a dollhouse etc. in the tent to make it more alluring and enticing!

Creating a permanent moveable tent

If you create a permanent moveable tent for your kids, they’d be able to take it with them from one playroom to another, and play in your backyard as well. There are various types of permanent movable tents that you can make yourself easily.

1. A-Frame Play Tent

Things you will need
  • Four pieces of wood (2.5cm x 5cm. x 120cm)
  • Drill
  • Marker
  • Wooden dowels
  • Sheet
  • Elastic Loops
DIY steps
  1. Get four pieces of (2.5cm x 5cm. x 120cm) whitewood or any other wood. 
  2. Get a pen and mark a point about 1.5 m down on each piece.
  3. Drill holes about 1.9cm in width into the wood pieces.
  4. Insert the screws through all of the holes.
  5. Spread the two wooden pieces in the opposite direction to create an A-frame.
  6. Take a sheet and sew elastic loops on its corners.
  7. Place the sheet over the frame and loop in the elastics over each piece of the wood to ensure the sheet stays in place.
  8. Voila! Your play tent is ready! Decorate it any way you want. Kids playing in a tent

2. PVC Pipe Tent

Toddlers end up knocking down the temporary forts and tents that you make for them. For such situations, movable pipe tents are a great option. These are lightweight, affordable, and you can easily move the frame anywhere you want. You can make any shape that your kids fancy – A-shape, house shape, etc. 

Things you will need
  • 1.9cm. PVC pipe (3 to 10 pieces)
  • Elbow joints (10 to 90 degrees)
  • T-Joints (6 pieces)
  • Sheet
  • Glue
  • Safety pins
  • Pillows/Cushions
Steps
  1. Cut the pipes according to the measurements you want.
  2. Assemble the frame with the help of the elbow joints and the t-joints.
  3. Once you create the frame, you can spray paint it, if you want to make it colourful and bright.
  4. Take any sheet that you want and drape it around the sides, back, bottom, and front of the tent. You can use safety pins or glue to attach the sheet to the frame.
  5. You can leave space open for the entrance or cut a slit through the sheet to create a proper door.
  6. Take a blanket and place it on the floor underneath the pipes at the bottom. Place some comfy pillows and cushions, and let your kids have fun!
  7. You can let the kids build the fort in any shape they want to make the whole process more enjoyable and memorable for them.

3. Teepee Tent

Kids love building forts and indoor camping. They also love to curl up with a storybook in the cute little wigwam and let their imagination run wild. With a DIY teepee, you don’t have to worry about size as you can size the teepee up or down as per your child’s requirements. 

Happy kid playing in tent ,having fun in children room

Things you will need
  • Wooden dowels (1.8 m tall – 5 pieces)
  • Rope (1m – 0.6cm thick)
  • Drill
  • Sandpaper or sander
  • Fabric
Steps
  1. From the top, drill holes into the screws.
  2. To avoid splinters, sand around the holes that you have created.
  3. Lay the dowels flat on the ground and thread the rope through the screws.
  4. Tie a knot to secure them together.
  5. Stand the screws up and arrange them in a tepee shape.
  6. Wrap the rest of the rope around the screws.
  7. Once the screws are secure enough, tie off the rope again and cut the remaining part.
  8. You can use a sheet or buy fabric in any colour or pattern from the local home improvement store.
  9. For the fabric, you will have to figure out how far apart you want to spread your tepee. Measure each triangular side and cut the fabric accordingly.
  10. If you know how to sew, you can sew the fabric for the tepee and pull it over the frame. Otherwise, you can simply glue the fabric to the screws.

Creating a permanent tent in your home

Why not set up a permanent reading corner for you and your kids where you can spend hours exploring and embarking on fictional adventures together? Let’s see how you can make a permanent tent in your house.

1. Canopy Tent

Things you will need
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Fabric panels (cut into 2 pieces)
  • Ribbon/Yarn
  • Screw hook
Steps
  1. You can make a canopy tent with the help of a small, plastic embroidery hoop
  2. Separate the two parts of the embroidery hoop and remove the inner part.
  3. Take two curtain panels, or any fabric that you want, and thread it onto the hoop. Let the two pieces of fabric meet in the centre.
  4. Tie ribbon or yard on each side of the embroidery hoop right where the fabric pieces meet. Tie the ribbons together in a knot above the hoop. Hang the whole structure from a screw hook on the ceiling.Children's room with grey canopy tent and pink pillows

5. Permanent Tent in a Convenient Nook

If there is a small nook in your home, you can use that to create a beautiful, permanent tent for your kids. 

Things you will need
  • PVC pipe/Wooden rod
  • Fabric
  • Superglue
Steps
  1. Take a piece of fabric that is wide enough to cover the reading nook. Also, it should be long enough to go from the back to the front and to the floor.
  2. Attach the fabric to the walls and the floor using super glue so that it doesn’t come off.
  3. Let it dry completely before you attach the pipe to the front.
  4. Get a PVC rod and fix it in such a way that there is ample space between the pipe and the wall.
  5. Fix the fabric over the pipe with the help of superglue, or if you know how to sew, you can sew the fabric around the pipe to create a permanent tent for your kids.
  6. You can decorate it any way you want, using string lights, paper crafts, etc.
  7. You can use wooden panels as well to make a permanent tent for your kids but it takes a lot of time and most of us don’t have the required tools and equipment at home.

With the help of a playful, imaginative tent, you can make the time spent indoors for your kids momentous and awe-inspiring. A DIY tent is a simple and versatile project for sleepovers, birthday parties, family nights, and a lot more. Instead of spending hundreds of pounds at a store for a tent, it is better to make your own playhouse or indoor fort. Even if you are a beginner, you can follow the steps that we have mentioned above and build a fun, exciting, and adventurous tent for your kids!

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