How to make a tent out of sheets

Updated April 17, 2017

Whether you are a parent hoping to pass your childhood tradition of making sheet tents in the living room along to your child, or a teacher trying to spice up your classroom activities, making a tent out of sheets can turn a traditional setting into a camping adventure. There is no one way to do it, but if you are having trouble, there are two different proven tent-making methods.

Find two large, sturdy pieces of furniture. Tie your rope to the furniture. They should be far enough apart to give you ample space in the tent. You can use virtually anything, whether it is chairs, a table or cabinet.

Tie each end of your rope to the designated furniture. Once you have done this, make sure your rope does not have any slack. If it does, you will need to space the furniture out more until the rope is tight.

Place your flat sheet over the rope. The sheet should be draped over the rope evenly on both sides and both ends should be touching the floor. If they do not, try turning the sheet in the other direction so that its edges reach the floor. The larger the sheet you use, the better. If you do not have a large one, use multiple sheets to completely cover the rope.

Spread the ends of the sheet touching the floor out from the centre. This creates an opening inside the tent. Once you are done, you can use books or other small objects as weights on the sheet's ends to keep them in place.

Clear off a large table along with objects around it, such as chairs. Dining room or craft tables work well because they are usually large and tall in size.

Drape your sheet over the top of the table. The edges of the sheet should touch the floor to create a closed-off space underneath the table. If your sheet will not fit all the way around, use additional sheets until there are no openings.

Weigh the sheets down to keep them from slipping. Your weights should be heavy enough to hold the sheets in place, but not heavy enough to cause injury if they fall on someone. Some examples of appropriate weights are a few magazines, big pillows or a small stack of towels.

Things You'll Need

  • Flat Sheets
  • Rope
  • Chairs
  • Large Table
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Jeff Herman began his journalism career in 2000. An experienced, award-winning sportswriter, his work has appeared in "The Washington Post," "ESPN the Magazine" and the "Boston Herald," among other publications. Herman has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from West Virginia University.