How to Build a Fort

No child should go without building a fort once in their lives. A safe haven from the entire outside world, the fort is a great addition to any yard in which children play. Forts can be placed anywhere practically, from trees and on tops of houses, to just in the corner of the fence.

 

Required Materials/Tools

  • Plywood/sheeting (for the walls and floor)
  • Screws and nails
  • Drill

Instructions

  1. Figure out where the fort is located. Do you want it to be in a tree or attached to a pre-existing structure. Be sure to locate it near an electrical power supply so we can add amenities as needed. When you choose the location, the best idea is to design the fort on paper and make a list of supplies that you will need.
  2. Place the floor braces. We are going to use 2X4’s and drive them into the ground of the fort at the 4 points of the fort. These will support your fort and make sure that the floor will hold. Make sure the points keep the shape that was designed. We don’t want it to be uneven or the fort will not be stable.
  3. Now we need to make the floor. Figure out the height of the fort off the ground and cut the supports according to the measurements of the elevation and use the 1×4’s to brace them. When they are attached, make sure to keep them square. Add plywood on the floor to cover and cut out a trap door if we are making a tree fort.
  4. Test the supports and braces by jumping on them to be sure that it will hold and be stable. You need to account for how many people are going to be in the fort at once. Add as many people as necessary.
  5. Next we are gong to build the walls. Use the available 2X4’s and create the frame. Attack the 4 walls to the floor and bolt them down.
  6. We then need to go and attach the roof. Choose a material that is water resistant and make sure to keep it at a slant to allow water run off. Bolt the roof to the top of the fort.
  7. Now we let the kids out and to go play! Be sure to go and watch the children as they play outside.

Tips/Warnings

  • Be sure to use a wood sealant to prevent water damage on the fort.
  • Allow access near a power source to add lights and other amenities.
  • Be safe. If you are going to make a tree fort, then be sure to have a latter affixed to the tree.
  • Accommodate windows and doors to the fort and use 2×4’s to frame them and give them added support. Make sure there is a current flowing through the fort to prevent any heat buildup in there. This can cause asphyxiation and heat stroke on hot days.
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