Blanket fort

A blanket fort is a construction commonly made using blankets, bed sheets, pillows, and sofa cushions.[1][2] It is also known as a couch fort, pillow fort or sheet fort.

A large blanket fort
A blanket fort suspended on strings

Parenting books frequently suggest building blanket forts as an activity for parents to participate in with their children. A blanket fort is made by grabbing blankets around the house and setting them up in a room-like matter. Some blanket forts are made for a more cozy and intimate experience, including cuddling and more.[3][4][5]

This was constructed during the 2019-2020 school year
A blanket fort constructed in a college dormitory using the lofted beds as support.

In popular cultureEdit

As a staple of early childhood entertainment, blanket forts are commonly referenced in children's books, such as Corduroy's Sleepover and If You Give a Pig a Party. There is a two part episode of Community in the Third series, about building the biggest blanket fort in the episodes Digital Exploration of Interior Design and Pillows and Blankets.

World RecordEdit

According to Guinness World Records the largest blanket fort ever was 625.8 m2 and built by Shawn Macarthur, Victor Runbaken, Heather Harteis, Sarah Kershiner, Murderboat Productions, Rumpl, Kyle Bulloch, Alexa Sole and Rachael Klaus. Afterwards, they donated the blankets to homeless charities in the Portland, Oregon area on the 9 December 2018. [6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cushions". Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  2. ^ Ford, Judy. "Wonderful Ways to Love a Child". 1995.
  3. ^ Balance: A Guide to Life's Forgotten Pleasures. Bob Kerstetter, Andrew Shanley. Hyperion. 1997.
  4. ^ It's all Fun and Games
  5. ^ "Blanket Fort". xkcd. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  6. ^ https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/374403-largest-blanket-fort