How to make a bed tent

Updated November 21, 2016

Bed tents are a fun and practical addition to a child's bedroom. A tent over the bed can provide a feeling of safety and security at night, allowing a child to fall asleep easier. During the day it can be a place to play make believe, turning a child's room into a wilderness hideout, a fort or even a rocket ship. Commercial bed tents are sold in stores, but an inventive parent can make a simple bed tent with just a few items, saving money and allowing for a custom fit.

Use poles to hold the centre of the tent up. These poles can be broom handles specially bought for the project, or actual broom or mop handles appropriated for the job. Secure the poles to the bed frame or head board by lashing it with rope. Duct tape could also be used to secure a pole to a solid headboard or bed frame, as long as the tape is used on the backside. Duct tape will damage the wood's finish, so do not use on the visible side of the furniture.

Drape a large sheet over the two poles, allowing the sides to hang over the edge of the bed. Use a sheet that is at least one size larger than the bed for the best results--for example, use a full or queen sheet on a twin bed.

Clamp the sheet to the corners of the headboard and foot board, or use clothes pins or safety pins to pin the sheet to the corners of the mattress. Leave one corner free to allow entry to the tent.


Tents can be added to a lower bunk bed by tucking the edge of a sheet into the bed overhead and allowing it to cover the lower bed. Tents can be made using a child's crib by draping a sheet or blanket over the rails of the crib. Secure with clothes pins by folding the blanket around the rail and pinning in place to keep the blanket from dropping on the child.


Never secure the tent closed once the child is inside. The child should be able to open and close the tent on their own.

Things You'll Need

  • Two poles
  • Cord or rope
  • Sheet
  • Clamps, clothes pins or safety pins
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