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A simple dining table made from 2-by-4s becomes magical with a simple “hack.”

dining table fort

Trevor Tondro for The New York Times

I don’t know how many times I’ve been the builder of sheet and sofa-cushion forts, but something as ingenious as this dining table conversion sure would’ve made it a lot easier. Mounted on the underside of the table are roller shades which can be pulled down to transform an otherwise mundane spot into a fantastic fort.


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5 Responses

  1. Lili@HGTV says:

    Exactly!! I would've loved having this as a kid. Heck, I might even hide out in there now if I had that in my home.

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  3. Donna says:

    Genius! My dining room table was once covered with sheets for an entire summer with pillows, comforters, flashlights, dolls and little girls under it. My daughter slept in her tent every night until school started. The morning she woke up to go back to school she said, "I forgot how comfortable my bed was!"

  4. Worthy Designs says:

    I've been making table tents in Holland for over a year now and they are so popular. This is a brilliant idea – a fold away one.

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Lili ZarghamiLili is Editorial Director of HGTV.com. Her personal obsessions include looking for just the right sofa, ogling real estate listings, and reading floor-plans. She has an admitted "chair problem," collecting...


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