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For the Kids: Secret Forts Indoors

When it's too cold for tree houses and playhouses, create a cozy kids' hideaway indoors

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Kids spend a lot more time indoors this time of year, and they need their own space. My brother and I made our own secret fort underneath our unfinished basement's stairs when we were kids. All it took was a rug remnant on the floor, lots of paint to decorate the backs of the risers and a notebook to record our secret meetings and make plans. For what, I have no idea, but we were out of our parents' hair for hours on end. Here's how designers are creating some clever secret forts for kids today.

By Becky Harris for Houzz

Candlelight Homes

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This space under the staircase is a lot prettier than what my brother and I had going on. The perforations in the wall add a whimsical element for the grownups and peek-a-boo spots for the little ones.

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Coburn Architecture and Interiors

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A secret bookcase entrance is always a fun way to access a special private fort.

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Witt Construction

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A ladder gives access to a small loft that hangs over this bedroom.

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RD Architecture, LLC

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This secret fort is over a staircase, making great use of what was a very awkward box that surrounds the stairs to the basement.

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Smith & Vansant Architects PC

For the Kids: Secret Forts Indoors

When it's too cold for tree houses and playhouses, create a cozy kids' hideaway indoors

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