Super Easy Secret to Building the Perfect Bunk Bed Tent

Does your child love to build bunk bed tents or forts? This simple trick will help them do just that, without driving you crazy and stealing all your sheets!
You'll need: 12 Command fridge clips (2 packages), a twin flat sheet (more if you have an opening at the head or foot of the bed as in the picture above), some lightweight rope or heavy string (I used 4-ply jute).
This is what my daughter's bunk bed fort looked like before. It was making me crazy because it looked like a giant sheet-monster, and we had no spare sheets left in our linen closet.
First, pick up a couple packages of Command Fridge Clips at your local hobby store. They're meant for clipping papers and pictures to your fridge, but they're perfect for this job.
I love command clips because they're easily removable, so I don't mind putting them on my furniture.
Follow the directions on the package to hang the clips UPSIDE DOWN at about 12-18 inch intervals around the edge of the top bunk's frame. The loop needs to be at the top, with the opening pointing down.
Cut the rope a few inches longer than the length of the bed frame. Fold your sheet in half lengthwise and run the rope along the inside edge of the fold. Tie a knot in each end.
Starting at one end of the bed, slide the folded edge of the sheet and rope up into the command clip. The knot should be sticking out the corner end of the clip. This will keep the sheet from slipping out of the clip sideways.
Slide the sheet into all the other clips along the bed frame. The rope keeps the sheet from sliding back out of the clips. You'll have a little left over at the end. I just tucked that into the end of the bed. If you have an opening at the front end of the bed, you'll need to repeat the process there. You may be able to use a king sized pillowcase if you have one.
My daughter has a little clip-on lamp attached to her bedframe so she can read in her cozy bunk bed fort. She's happy as a little clam, and I'm happy that her room looks neat and tidy again, at least for the moment!
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2 questions
  • Gawai Insko
    Gawai Insko
    on May 12, 2017

    I want to apply the same concept to clip a tapestry to my camper van. I want to give it a hippy/bohemian vibe but don't want to drill holes or use glue. If I put one side of the clip into the headliner (the inside roof of my van), and the tapestry into the clip, do you think it would hold?
    • Meredith Wouters
      Meredith Wouters
      on May 12, 2017

      I think the concept would definitely work. Depending on how thick the edge of the tapestry is, you might need to fold it over something like I did with the rope, so the clip had something to grip onto. Let us know how it goes!
  • Krystal Gross
    Krystal Gross
    on Apr 3, 2019

    Great idea! I have twin girls and they do not let each other on their beds... "you are going to make it messy" "your feet stink" endless arguments. So how would you go about also turning the top into a tent, and can you think of a way that you could maybe slide the sheet, for when they aren't playing with their tent...

    • Theresa Shaut
      Theresa Shaut
      on Aug 28, 2020

      OR attach PVC pipe to each corner and make a frame around the top to hold the sheet

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  • Carey
    on Nov 15, 2016

    What a great idea! My grandkids are grown now, but when the oldest was about 5 I let him use blankets and sheets with chairs in the living room to make his fort. He was super excited and was trying to get it just right. Jumping from one chair to another, he fell and broke his arm, much to my horror!!! He wanted me to leave his fort till he got back! This is so much better an idea and could be modified for a lot of different situations! Great idea! My kids would have loved this too!

  • Gail
    on May 28, 2017

    Oh way too cool! I love it. Creating memories, many hours of imagination and fun.
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