In the Home is all about interior design and making your cozy space your own with a strong emphasis on conscious living.
The cold has finally hit Berlin with yesterday seeing temperatures of -10 degrees C. Now I’m just waiting for the snow. Now I do not know about you, but colder temperatures always prompt me to want to up my cozy game (which to be honest, is pretty a tall order seeing as I am a pretty cozy mother fucker as it is. When I am not running LFB or out on photoshoots, I am working as a professional cuddler and blanket burrower. It’s a thing, I promise!) One way to raise the stakes however, is to build the best goddamned adult fort ever. So this Saturday, grab your friends, a shit ton of blankets and sheets, and build yourself a fort. (Sidenote: Did you know it is near impossible to find flat sheets in Germany? Like they just don’t exist! Does this mean German children do not grow up building forts? I need answers.)
How to build the best fort ever
Now, in addition to having been an avid fort builder as a kid, I actually kind of have recent legitimate street cred when it comes to building adult forts as I actually lived in one for a few months during college. To make a long story short, I moved in with some friends over the summer while working at a restaurant and interning for our college town’s newspaper, but the house only had two rooms. Using some ingenuity that would make Macgyver jealous, I built myself a fort which afforded me the privacy that I needed. Therefore, I feel as if I am qualified to impart on you a bit of my wisdom…
1: Choose your company
Hanging out in a fort all day is awesome. Hanging out in a fort with awesome people is even better. Call up your best friends, get them to come over, and get to work! The more people, the quicker that fort is going up and the sooner y’all get to burrow inside.
2: Lighting is everything
Part of the appeal of fort building being bathed inside the cozy glow from the inside your own little cave. Pull out your Christmas lights from storage, and string them up inside your fort for extra lighting, turn off any other lights from outside your tent, grab a flashlight, a classic ghost story book, and relive your childhood.
When I was a kid, we didn’t have laptops or the internet (I’m old, I know.) Still, that didn’t stop me from building some pretty epic forts in my day full of hours of entertainment. I simply gave no fucks and just carried my television with me into my fort, plugged it into a nearby outlet, turned the dial to Saturday morning cartoons watching and marvelled at my handywork. Things are a lot easier for fort builders everywhere these days. All you need to do is grab your portable device (laptop, ipad, etc) fire up the Netflix, and get to work!
4: Stock up on sustenance
Be sure to stock up on the necessary goods before retiring to your fort for the evening: chips, cookies, hot tea in the thermos, etc. will get you through the day and into the night. Because nothing goes better with Netflix than food. Who’s with me?
5: Bring in the Big guns
As my fort in college was actually temporary housing for me, one of the friends I was living with was kind enough to lend me his air mattress which made a world a difference. Having a proper place to sleep if important if you are staying anywhere for an extended amount of time, but there is no reason not to blow up an air mattress for a lazy weekend of fort madness if you have one lying around.
Are you a fan of adult fort building? What kind of tips do you have when it comes to building forts?
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