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Tuesday
Jun252013

Play tent with canopy for kids

About a month ago I came across a DIY tent design online that I thought would be perfect as a birthday present for O. However, since we are always looking to make any found design even better, we decided to add a removable canopy for added play space and shade.

—without the canopy...

— and with the canopy...

The canopy is simply added using two more dowels (with fabric attached to both ends) and two more drilled 1 x 2 pieces of wood. One of the dowels is simply cradled to the "v" at the top of the tent in one of two ways (shown below). The length of the fabric canopy and the length of the additional wood supports determine the height and angle of the canopy.

I chose a textile from Ikea for the main bird fabric and half of an Ikea tablecloth for the canopy. For the "floor", a vintage tablecloth that is just the right size.

We added some coordinating pillows from Ikea to make it cozy and a nice place to read... 

or quietly wait for the bunnies...

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