Table that turns into a secret house

The "Daily Shelter" by artist Ingrid Brandth is a dining-room table that converts to a secret fort: "At first glance it looks like an ordinary table. But for the one who knows its secret, it can be transformed into a shelter where one can hide from scary sounds, ghosts or family members. Just like a snail feels safe in its house."

One of the coolest parts of having a two-year-old around the house is getting to play fort all the time -- we dive under the covers and shout "cave of wonders," hide in closets, and so on. I wish I had the chops and the space to build one of these for Poesy, but we're doing OK with blankets and pillows.

Daily Shelter (via Cribcandy)


  1. Lacking a shop . . . you should try to re-create those old comic-book-ad play vehicles, Cory.

    Nautilus Sub, spaceship, etc.

    They were printed cardboard. Would make a neat MAKE project.

  2. Aw man, now I want to go play in a blanket fort but I’m too big to sprawl under the dining room table! It sucks to be big. I want to go play our favorite fort game, Pirate Boarding School Ship with Random Literary Crossover Interludes, with my little sister.

  3. Although not searly as cool as making something yourself, the “Convertibles” line available on Amazon are a series of large board books that can be assembled into pirate ships, cars, etc. They come together using sturdy plastic bands with velcro and also include a story and, in the case of the pirate ship at least, a treasure map. Check it out here

    My son loves it, although he loves it just as much as when I make a submarine out of our big square sofa cushions (although his mum doesn’t like that quite as much…)

  4. Woof. Woof woof!

    As an art piece referencing our shared memory of table forts, I very much like it. I don’t think it’s really intended to be taken more solemnly than that. (There’s a big difference between solemn and serious.) I think it shows a lot of imagination on the part of the woodworker.

    Of course a kid can turn anything into anything. But this really isn’t intended for them.

  5. I don’t have any kids but I sure would like to have one of these. For the cats. Yeah, that’s it.

  6. A second for the card table + blanket approach. Or occasionally you can find that most excellent version, a cardboard box from a refrigerator or washing machine.

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