On their own, the kids picked up scrap pieces of PVC that were laying around to use as swords. Towels worked as capes, and with that a whole new world opened up in our back yard.
Do you need a kit to build a PVC fort? No. Does it have to be perfectly shaped? No. Just look at our fort and you’ll see that all you need is enough pieces of pvc and joints to make a structure over which you can drape some sheets, blankets or tarps. The real magic happens in the minds of the kids that use the fort.
How to Build a Fort out of PVCCall it a fort, a castle, a prison cell, or just a box–it’s all the same structure. What makes it one thing or the other is the imagination of kids (of any age). The easiest PVC structure that can be transformed into one of these is a box shape as shown in the attached picture. Twelve lengths of PVC and eight joints. You can make all the PVC pieces the same length, or vary the lengths to get a longer or taller box. Glue all parts together and throw sheets over the structure for a basic indoor or outdoor child’s fort. This PVC fort is easy enough to have kids help in putting together. You can try leaving the pieces unglued for easy disassembly and storage.
Go ahead and experiment with different shapes. Our tree house fort has a standard roof shape which we had to anchor with bungee cords to keep from bending over in the wind. We were lucky to find many of the pieces at a local construction salvage yard, making this a very affordable playhouse.
Have a fun summer with PVC!