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A classic childhood pastime for many is building a "blanket fort" or "pillow fort" out of pillows, couch cushions, blankets, and other bedding materials to make a sort of "clubhouse" or "secret hangout".

Fort building can be enjoyed by teens and adults, as well. Many parenting books even suggest that parents build one with their children as a bonding tool.

When an adult builds a fort in fiction, it's usually used to establish how young at heart or childish he is.

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* A recent Cheetos commercial has Chester Cheetah and an employee build a fort of mattresses.

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* A popular piece of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fan art has a young [[http://dreatos.deviantart.com/art/Book-Fort-Twilight-258153548 Twilight Sparkle]] make one of these out of books.

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* The book ''Corduroy's Sleepover'' has the titular bear build a fort.
* ''If You Give a Pig a Party'' also features one.
* In the ''{{Redwall}}'' book ''Mossflower'', a blanket fort is one of the clues: ''Look up and find the secret is yours, Your castle, your fort, Or so you thought.'' The series of clues is a note from father to son about how to get to Salamandastron; this part is trying to tell him that the clue is on the underside of a table - when Boar was young, he played under the table, and with the tablecloth there, he always pretended it was a fort or castle. They realize what it means when Boar's daughter, Bella, reminisces about the table and how when she was young she used to pretend she was in a tent.
* In ''[[AuntDimity Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea]]'', Will and Rob build "a complicated complex of sea caves for their seal pups, using blankets, tables, model cars, knights in armor, plastic dinosaurs, and a variety of other items seldom observed in the wild by the Seal Conservation Trust but which my sons deemed essential to a baby seal's happiness."

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* There was an epic pillow fort on ''Series/{{Community}}'', which took up an entire hallway. An attempt to top that one ended so disastrously it got [[DocumentaryEpisode the Ken Burns treatment]].
** Troy and Abed also made a "second bedroom" out of blankets.
* The episode "Restless" from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' features "General Surgeon" Riley and Adam as a human building a blanket fort during a security breach in Buffy's dream sequence.
* In ''Friends'' Joey builds a fort out of boxes from furniture. "Now are you going to just stand there, or be a man and get in the fort?"

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* In ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'', a man is seen in his fort, but his wife tells him to rebuild it later because she's having guests over.

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* Most major characters in ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' build a fort out of whatever they have on hand at some point or another.
* The ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' [[http://xkcd.com/219/ comic seen above]].
* ''MandatoryRollerCoaster'' presents an adult modification of the blanket fort [[http://mandatoryrollercoaster.com/post/35046940833/blanketforts here]]

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* On ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Hank and his buddies go on a road trip to a fancy hotel. Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer build a fort, of course.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** When Homer goes to Capital City with Mindy to attend an energy convention, the bellhop assumes that Homer & Mindy will be getting it on.
--->'''Bellhop:''' TV's there...bathroom's there...and there's your king-size bed for...''[wolf-whistles, makes a cat noise, imitates a bed squeaking, purrs, pants, barks, howls, twiddles his lips]'' Hubba hubba!\\
'''Homer:''' Stop that! I love my wife and family. All I'm gonna use this bed for is sleeping, eating, and maybe building a little fort.
** In another episode, Bart & Lisa use a bunch of UPS boxes to build a giant fort in the backyard. The UPS guy complains that they're wasting the boxes, and eventually brings in a bunch of other UPS guys to wage battle against them.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has Peter building a fort out of pillows on an airplane (complete with "No Girls Allowed" sign).
** Another one has Stewie making a fort out of [[spoiler: Brian's failed novel "Faster Than The Speed of Love"]].
--> '''Stewie:''' My house is made of mediocrity.

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