In many countries around the world, kids have been out of school for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and now we’re officially heading into summer vacation. If you’re a parent, chances are you’re running out of ideas to keep them entertained (or just out of your hair). If you want to give them something fun to do and somewhere else to be, even temporarily, IKEA Russia has offered up a series of fort plans that can be made with common household objects.

IKEA Russia's recently-released DIY

Created by ad agency Instinct as part of the brand’s 20th anniversary in Russia, the campaign features six designs for homemade forts and tents: Cåstle, Wigwåm, Cåve, Cåmpingtent, Förtress, and Höuse. Of course, the brand’s own products are featured as the components of each one, but you can always get creative and replace them with whatever you have on hand.

IKEA Russia's recently-released DIY

“Cåstle” uses four chairs, a vertical clothing stand, two sheets, clothespins, a battery-powered string light, a blanket, and three pillows to create a spacious illuminated fort that’s probably big enough for adults to use as well as children, if you’re so inclined.

“Förtress” consists of a couch and its various cushions, a sheet, clothespins, a blanket, and pillows. The cushions are lifted up and used to create a barrier, while the seat provides cover overhead.

IKEA Russia's recently-released DIY

“Wigwåm” mimics the shape of an indigenous tipi with a clothing stand, sheet, books, rope, another string light, pillows, and clips. You could probably use tent poles, crutches, or even branches if you don’t have the “TJUSIG” element handy.

IKEA Russia's recently-released DIY

“Höuse” is probably the simplest and most familiar shape, made by simply draping a couple sheets over a table and securing them with clothespins and books. Add a light and a stuffed animal if you like.

IKEA Russia's recently-released DIY

“Cåmpingtent” replaces the table with a clothes rack and adds an extra fun element: the octopus-shaped “Pressa” hanging clothes dryer in the center for the string lights.

IKEA Russia's recently-released DIY

“Cåve” uses an armchair, a sheet, books, a battery-powered string light, and three pillows for a small and simple fort that will take no time at all to clean back up when the kids are done with it.

You can find real-world examples of what these forts look like on Instagram under the hashtag #явдомикеИКЕА. The results are pretty cute!

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