How To Make A Grown-Up Fort For Self-Care With These 11 Products


Much like being able to eat ice cream for dinner every night, the best parts of being an adult often have to do with getting to do those things you wish you got to do as a kid. Like building a pillow fort in your living room that you can hang out in all the time. I have a story for you: One day, I threw some pillows down on the floor while I was working on a project, and when I got up, I saw something kind of amazing. I had the start of the adult version of a pillow fort. It's right in the corner of a room, and with a few more pillows and blankets, it'd be a bonafide nook of coziness. When you were a kid, you probably built a pillow fort out of whatever was lying around, but now that you're an adult, you can invest in cozy-ass things to turn your pillow fort situation up to 11.

Everything you'd use to create this fort is soft, from the columns to the roof to the walls. When you're done creating your pillow fort, you should be able to snuggle down into the ultimate nap. If you can't remember how to make a pillow fort, there's really no right or wrong way to do it. You can use furniture to drape blankets, or simply toss some pillows and blankets on the floor in a space that feels "fortified" or away from the traffic of the rest of the house. These are my top picks for pillows, blankets, and other pieces to get your pillow fort started.

1. This Extendable Floor Pillow

Pink Floor Cushion



This floor cushion comes in three-piece sections that you connect together until you get it as long as you want it, so what's shown here would cost $75. But it's customizable, so you can use the sections as individual floor cushions or connect them into one long piece.

2. This Super Plush Throw Blanket

BEDSURE Sherpa Fleece Blanket



You could drape this blanket for your pillow fort roof, but this one's so snuggly, you're better off using it inside the fort itself.

3. This Cushy Lumbar Pillow

Smith & Hawken Gray Lumbar Throw Pillow



At just over two feet long, you can prop this pillow up against a wall or use it as a small body pillow. You can also use it as a base for individual throw pillows.

4. This Versatile Yellow Cushion

Yellow Cushion



You can use this as a pillow or unsnap it an roll it out flat to use as seating. It'll also look great atop one of your pillow fort towers.

5. This Lightweight Throw Blanket

Bourina Throw Blanket



This lightweight throw blanket is a better option if you want a roof for your pillow fort. Drape this over some table chairs or some propped-up pillows and crawl right underneath.

6. This Soft Accent Piece

Mina Victory Blue Shapes Throw Pillow



Don't let the name fool you; this "throw pillow" is the size of an end table. Use it to prop up a blanket or more pillows to really get your fort going.

7. This Round Velvety Cushion

Dark Blue Velvet Cushion



Stand these velvety 20-inch cushions up and use them to drape your blankets. Remember, pillow forts don't need to be tall. You just need to be able to crawl into them.

8. This Floor Cushion — Or Blanket Bolster

Deny Designs Pimlada Phuapradit Bouquet Floor Pillow



This 23-inch by 23-inch floor cushion is great for sitting on. Put a few together on the floor to create a soft bed-like space to lie on.

9. This Whimsical Floor Pouf

Deny Designs Monika Strigel Really Mermaid Mystic Blue Floor Pillow



You can sit or lie on this floor pouf, but you can also stack a few of these to create magical-looking towers in your pillow fort.

10. This Snuggly Knitted Pillow

Light Gray Knitted Cushion



You need super snuggly pillows in a pillow fort, and this 16-by-24-inch knitted pillow will definitely do the trick.

11. This Massive Wedge Pillow

Triangular Wedge Pillow



And for the ultimate in adult pillow forts, there's this massive wedge pillow. It'll provide you with back and neck support while you read, watch TV, sleep, or just rest in your new space.

Creating a pillow fort as an adult might seem silly, but it's really just about creating a space where you can rest and be comfortable. Self-care comes in all shapes and sizes, including a little piece of childhood nostalgia.