National Pillow Fort Day

National Pillow Fort Day - Paint Covered Overalls - Durham North Carolina

When looking for romance on Valentine’s Day, look no further than the construction of a pillow fort. Obviously, we’re a home owner and home improvement site, so this is the best we have for Valentine’s Day.

What is a Pillow Fort?

A pillow fort refers to any loose set of blankets, pillows, and cushions that resembles a livable structure. They can be conical, cubic, or any sort of shape drawn by a toddler.

Tips for Building your Pillow Fort

Structure first. It’s important to have a solid foundation when building your fort. Therefore, you should utilize existing pieces of furniture and your walls to begin your design. Bed posts, couches, and chairs are strong starting points.

Walls & Ceilings. The next thing you want to consider is how you’re going to create your walls and ceilings. The most logical solution is using bedsheets. Fitted sheets are actually really good for creating ceilings.

Seating Area. Next up, you need to make sure your pillow fort meets your needs. How many people does it need to hold? Will you be sitting up? How about lying down?

Use your smaller pillows and decorative pillows to line the floor and give you a place to lay your head. Don’t be afraid to get all the throw pillows you own!

Clamps, clothes pins, and string are some of the most useful tools you can have. You don’t want to put holes in your sheets, so these are great alternatives.

Most Important Thing

The most important thing is that you have fun! This is a great way to connect with your significant other and enjoy a day indoors. As with many activities, the journey is most of the fun. Get creative!


Make sure you don’t use hard things to hold up sheets because if you pull on them, the hard object might fall on you. I recommend avoid getting hit in the head by hard objects.


You could use overhead lights to light up your fort. However, I recommend using fancy string lights or even one of those electric fake campfires (Affiliate Link).

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Richard Bobholz is a full time lawyer and part time amateur carpenter. As a homeowner, he likes to take care of as many home repair, maintenance, and improvement aspects as he can while ensuring things are done the right way the first time. With no real carpentry credentials, his articles focus a lot more on the broad aspects of home care and less on the proper way to do things.


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