How To Build The Best Sofa Fort and Garden Den

No one does instruction manuals like the Scandinavians. Sure they are great at all kinds of things, cross-country skiing, dog-sledding, doing interesting things with herring . . . but it's their blueprints that really shine!

We've taken the lead from our Scandi-cousins and put together a no-nonsense, easy-to-follow, visual guide to creating a place of your own - inside your home. Follow these simple instructions and you'll soon have an amazing soffafäst (sofa fort) or trädgårdfast (garden fort) to relax in when your family start to get on your nerves.

This is just a guide of course. There are infinite variations you could pursue yourself. We'd love to see what you come up with, so send us some pics of your own fort, den or castle on our social channels. Just remember to use the hashtag #BlacksPlanB


guide to building a sofa fort


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Neil used to be a bookworm, an "indoor" type if ever there was one. After finishing a PhD he writes short stories about spooky places and odd people. Living in Switzerland, the Canadian Rockies and the north east region of the USA convinced him that there was something to be said for this whole outdoor thing. Now he runs everywhere he can, competing in races most weekends and endlessly planning the next great adventure to some far flung part of the world. Recent trips include Costa Rica, where he tried and failed to surf; Vietnam, where he almost got stuck in an underground tunnel; and back to Canada, where he came face-to-face with a bear. Watch this space for further updates on Neil's global bumblings and the occasional athletic success.

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