DIY Fort

Build a Kid-Friendly Oasis in Your Own Backyard

This adorable outdoor play space is not only easy and inexpensive to build, but it is full of charm and the perfect spot for the kids to play and lounge. The A-frame structure is endlessly customizable to any style and color scheme desired. Your kids’ imagination can run wild spending time outdoors!

To begin, dig 18” deep holes for the footings. Cut a 4x4x8 pressure-treated post into 2-foot lengths, pour quick-set concrete in each hole, set the posts, and allow to dry. Next, use lag screws to attach 2x10 boards to the posts on each side to create the base. Attach 2x6 boards across the base frame for the joists using metal hangers. For the deck, we used pressure-treated 8x10 decking. Fasten the decking with exterior screws. Don’t forget to constantly check with a level! 

For the A-frame, we used 2x4 boards. Cut a 60-degree angle at the top of the A, and 30-degree angles at the bottom. If desired, run a 4x4 between the A-frame and the decking to add height. Use heavy-duty exterior screws to attach the A-frame to the structure. The top of the A-frame comes together and is held by exterior screws. If desired, paint or stain. For the roofing, we used 8-foot corrugated clear panels and screwed those into the A-frame for a weather-protecting cover.

We left three feet uncovered in front so a chair and some pots with herbs and flowers could be added to the entrance. Decorate with outdoor pillows, a children’s table, outdoor rug and hanging flowerpots to make it feel like a special place for kids to go.

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