Do your kids have a bunk bed? Do they ever drape a million blankets over the top to make a fort and have a million items trying to hold it up so you are left with a big mess after they build that fort? Do they get really frustrated when their fort keeps falling down or gets pulled down by little siblings?
Yes, yes, and yes HERE! When you are done making this easy bunk bed fort, you just might get a million hugs and kisses and your kiddos telling you that you’re the best mom in the world. I have sweet kids.
What’s great about it is that you have a huge, blank space where your kids can help you decorate. I’m sure most of you have seen those awesome table forts people make, and they have mailboxes and windows and stuff. Homemade by Jill has a really cute table fort that can be a great source of inspiration for your fort. I wanted to show you just a basic fort, and you can fill in the rest how you’d like. My kids are planning on decorating it today when they wake up. We’ll be making a plan! They wanted to make pictures for inside, so maybe I’ll sew some blank white “posters” up that they have colored on with fabric markers.
-2 sheets. These were just some I already had. I used one full size and one twin size for mine—it totally depends on your measurements of the bunk bed. *If you want the fort to cover all four sides of the bed, you will probably need 2 full sheets depending on the size of the bed. I only wanted to cover 3 sides, since the bed is against a wall.
-for the ties, you can use ribbon, shoelaces, or make some straps with fabric and velcro. I used some shoelaces I had.
-package 1/4” bias tape (you won’t use all of it)
-Heat n’ Bond or some other type of double sided fusible interfacing stuff. Cut two 3” x 6” pieces
-fabric to use with Heat n’ Bond, also cut two 3” x 6”
-2” strip velcro
First start by measuring your bed, and add an inch or two to each measurement. The long portion of mine measured 77”. The short side was 42”. Measure down to wear you want it to hang as well. Mine was 36”.
So I needed one big piece measuring about 78” x 37”, and two pieces measuring 43” x 37”. It helped me cut straight since I had lines on my fabric! And it just so happened that my full sheet measured exactly 78” across! To help in cutting such a large piece of fabric, I folded my fabric in half and then measured about 18.5”.
Next, sew the short sides together so you connect the 3 pieces. You’ll have one very long strip. Put the LONG PIECE IN THE MIDDLE. Remember, I’m only covering three sides. If you are covering all four sides, then you can sew it all together to make them all connected. With the 3 pieces, leave it in one long strip so the longest portion is in the middle.
Figure out how big you want your door. Cut along the sides of the door along the sides, leaving the top connected. Alternately, you can cut it out all the way and cut a larger portion piece of fabric (by a couple inches) out and use that as a flap. My kids are totally happy with the door like this and I thought it was easier.
Mark where you want the straps and sew them on. Mine were about every 20-24” apart, and I used nine straps that measured about 14” long.
Take the 3” x 6” pieces and iron with the Heat n’ Bond. Cut out a 1” x 4” piece in the exact middle, then iron over the rectangle you cut out on the fort. Stitch along the rectangle like this. Or a decorative stitch would be cute!
Trace letters on your freezer paper and cut out. Iron on the freezer paper and paint. You can find a downloadable version with the font and size I used, here. I actually just traced mine onto the freezer paper straight from the screen.
That’s it! Tie onto the bunk bed and let the fun begin! So yah, you can’t even tell that I ironed the fabric TWICE for the pics. I ran out of starch. Oh well.
My oldest son spent the afternoon “relaxing” in it. They are sleeping in it as I type this. Love!