Collapsible Playhouse Tent & Hideout

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Do you remember building hideout tents under tables and with different blankets and sheets?  Several years ago I learned how to make a collapsible playhouse tent and hide out for my kids, and I believe I learned how to create it from Family Fun Magazine.  What I loved about it?  The whole thing could be put away or transported – Collapsible table and the hideout playhouse could be folded up and put away.  This tutorial will help you build a collapsible playhouse tent & hideout for any size table.

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I used a collapsible table for mine, but you can make this for any table you wish.

Start by measuring the table width. (We’ll call this W for our fabric addition.)

Next measure your table depth. (We’ll call this D for our fabric addition.)

Last measure your table height. (We’ll call this H for our fabric addition.)

To figure our how much fabric you’ll need use this formula:

Fabric Width = D + H + H

Fabric Length = W + H + H

You can pick out a fabric you like or use an old sheet.

You’ll need pinking shears to cut and prevent fraying

Optional – remove the corners so that your fabric will lay nice on your table.

Create a windows and a door by cutting 3 sides but leave the top so it can be opened and closed.

Use Velcro circles or strips so that the windows and doors can be attached to stay open.

Use fabric markers to decorate your playhouse.  You can add a sheet protector to make a change able sign to insert – “Welcome”

Here are the doors and windows closed.

Here a picture with my daughter inside – my kids are so much older now, where did the time go???

Time to collapse it… place all the folds on top of the table and then continue to fold it up.

Store it in a box – I found one of their old signs for their playhouse, they used to play Hotel For Dogs with all their stuffed animals.

If you used a collapsible table – fold that up and it’s ready to be stored until the next time.

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  1. This look like so much fun! I’ve put a sheet over my dining room table for my grandkids to use as their “secret hideout”, but yours is so much cuter!

    1. Thanks Linda. I remember doing that too and we’d add more tables and more blankets to make extensions and rooms. It could get quite elaborate sometimes.

      1. ROFL, you are so much more creative that I am. Love your creativity!

  2. Stephanie says:

    Well, how fun is this! I know my son would LOVE this 🙂 Thanks for the great ideas, my friend. Hugs to you!

    1. Thank you Stephanie, and I’m so pleased that your son would like something like this too. I know with your sewing skills – you would make additions to make it extra fantastic! Hugs back to you 🙂

  3. I bet kids would just love this idea, and to be able to have a secretive spot of their own to play in, and hide in. I think my cats would love playing in this play house, also! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you Natalie and I bet your right – what a fun cat play space as well. Maybe dangle some ribbons and such in the door way space – I bet that would be some entertainment 🙂

  4. I love it and my kids would to! Great project that can be used with any size table?….genius!! pinned. saw your post through the sew it craft it cook it party:)

    1. Thank you Kathleen and I’m so glad you like the project and that your kids would enjoy it too. Thanks for the Pin and stopping by 🙂

    1. Thank you Roseann and thanks for stopping by.

    1. Thank you Jess, and thank you for the invitation to share with your group 🙂

  5. This looks like fun. My grandchildren love hiding and having their privacy. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best.

  6. This is such a fun idea! I like that you can use markers to decorate the outside. FUN!

    1. Thank you so much Allyson, I loved that it collapsed all up to be put away easy too

  7. Such a cute hide out for kids. Especially in this quarantine. I always put a blanket on the table but cutting out windows and adding flowers makes it even cuter.

    1. Thank you so much, it’s great to be able to pull it out and then put it away so easy too.

  8. What a cute idea! Never thought of making something like this. I should make a garage kind so that my 2 years old can park his trucks in his hideout. Thank you for linking with us @ #HomeMatters

  9. What a cute idea! The grandkids are going to love this! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Oh I love that! I made one for my parents to have at their home and my kid’s loved getting it out and building forts at Grammie & Papa’s house.

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