How to Build an Indoor Kids Fort with PVC Pipe

Set aside a couple of hours to build this teepee-style PVC fort for endless hours of customizeable kid fun, indoors or out. It stores easily, too!

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Time

A few hours

Complexity

Beginner

Cost

$20-50

Introduction

This tepee-style PVC fort is designed for one-minute setup, one-minute take-down and super-easy storage — or it wouldn't be allowed in the house, right? It takes about two hours to build.

    Tools Required

    • 3/16-in. drill bit
    • Clamps
    • Handsaw or angle grinder
    • Lighter
    • Measuring tape
    • Pencil
    • Power drill
    • Safety glasses
    • Sandpaper (200 grit)

    Materials Required

    • 10-ft. PVC Schedule 40 Pipe
    • 12-in. 12-gauge copper wire
    • 18-in. scrap of 12-gauge copper wire
    • 3/4-in. PVC Schedule 40 Pipe Cap
    • Bungee cords
    • Light blankets or other fabric teepee covering
    • Nylon Rope
    • PVC Pipe C-Clips
    • Small rug

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    Project step-by-step (8)

    Step 1

    Cut PVC Pipes

    • Clamp one of your PVC pipes to your work surface.
    • Measure six feet and mark it with your pencil.
      • Note: Cutting the pipes to six feet gives your fort a roughly 5-ft. x 5-ft.-square footprint. This was a great size for my two kids, ages two and five. You can go bigger or smaller, but note if you wanted to use the full 10 feet (that’s huge and awesome!) you’ll need more C-clips or extra pipe when creating them (Step 8).
    • Using your saw of choice, cut the pipe to six feet.
    • Repeat for the remaining three pipes.

    Cut PVC PipesNick Wiesneski for Family Handyman

    Step 2

    Create Top Holes

    • Mark four inches from one end of each PVC pipe.
    • Drill all the way through the pipe at the four-inch mark.
      • Pro Tip: A 3/16-in. drill bit creates the right-sized hole for 12-gauge copper wire. If you use a different rigid wire, adjust the bit size accordingly.
    • Attach four caps on this end, which will be the top of your teepee.

    Create Top HolesNick Wiesneski for Family Handyman