Decorating Fort Ideas

Denise Brandenberg

Children's forts, or playhouses, are typically entertaining outdoor structures that give kids personal spaces to play and spend time. There are many different styles of forts, from mini log cabins to rustic tree houses and rugged boy hideouts to girly princess houses. There are many different ways to decorate a fort based on its overall structure and style. The key is to include your child in the planning and execution, which lets him know you value his choices and opinions.


There are many ways to decorate a kid's fort, depending on the desired theme, such as a log cabin.

Most forts are not wired for electricity, so it's important to make the most out of natural lighting and color schemes. Some people paint the interior walls with light colors, such as yellow or pink. Other parents apply wallpaper or borders to match the style of the fort and the child. For example, a rustic tree house can be decorated with camouflage wallpaper or colors, while a princess house may have pink polka-dotted wallpaper. If the fort is a log-cabin style, wood paneling or other rustic decorations may be appropriate. Many kids want privacy in their forts, and simple curtains can be hung in lieu of a blanket or a sheet. Some parents let their kids write on the fort's walls with crayons and markers to provide a constantly changing decoration theme.


Some forts are prefabricated and already have exterior decorations, while others are more rustic. Consider painting the exterior with your child--it could be a great learning and bonding opportunity. Many princess forts have covered front porches, and these can be decorated with small wind chimes or hanging plants. Rope ladders can be utilitarian decorations, and provide privacy when playing in the fort. Other exterior decorations for forts are window boxes with flowers, flags and bird feeders.


Children with forts usually spend quite a bit of time in them, and parents want to ensure their kids are comfortable. One way to add comfort and style is by adding kid-sized furniture, such as a table and chairs, or oversized pillows. Some people decorate with colorful rugs to provide additional seating and protect feet from splinters if wood flooring was used. Many parents let children add their own decorations, such as favorite pictures or photos hung on the walls. Other decorating accessories may include treasured rocks on windowsills or displayed flowers from the garden. Battery-operated lighting fixtures, including lamps and holiday lights, can provide light and décor.