It’s the circle of light – Philips Hue go ($95)
Lighting is pretty essential, because it’s going to be pretty dim beneath your blankets. If you’re going to adorn your fort with twinkly Christmas lights, you’ll still want to supplement with some extra illumination. The Hue go is a fun little bowl of light that lasts three hours on a single charge, works with an app (though you will need the Philips hub for that), and lights up in a range of colors. At 300 lumens, it’s not super bright, so if you’re planning on turning this into a reading fort, you might want something stronger. Read more here.
Catch some air – Fatboy Lamzac Hangout ($70)
When you’re a kid, lying around on the floor with nothing but a thin mat beneath you is called naptime. As an adult, you might want something a little more cozy. The Lamzac Hangout is a pretty ingenious way to add some extra seating to your fort. Open it up, whip it around like you’re opening a garbage bag, and you’ll have a soft spot to lounge.
Load of bunk beds – Resource Furniture Palazzo transforming bunk beds
When you try to cram eight people into a four-bedroom Airbnb, there’s invariably a bunk bed in one of the rooms. And while you and your significant other might not want put one in your bedroom at home, it’s still sort of a fun, throwback adventure for a couple of nights. And while this couch that transforms into a bunk bed is definitely expensive, it’s still one of the coolest things we’ve ever seen. No other item on this list screams “This must go in my grown-up fort” quite as much.
Netflix and whatever – Touchjet Pond ($525)
Children can spend hours in a blanket fort using their imaginations. If that part of you has withered up and died, you can always use a mini-projector, like the Touchjet Pond, to watch Netflix. Instead of having to hold your tablet above your head as you recline amongst your pillows, though, it will project it on a flat surface, so be sure to leave a flap open, so you can aim it at the wall.
Sticky fingers – Nostalgia Electrics electric S’mores maker ($32)
Do s’mores and blankets mix? No. But still, you have to eat, and because you’re an adult, you can have chocolate for dinner if you want, damnit. Obviously you can make s’mores in your oven, but Nostalgia Electrics naturally created a device specifically for making indoor s’mores. It probably won’t keep you from dribbling chocolatey marshmallow all over your linens, but it shouldn’t set your blankets on fire.
A fridge too far – IceMule Classic Cooler ($50 – $184)
Once you’re ensconced in your fort, you don’t want to get up every time you need to refill your beverage. Yes, there are mini fridges, but space is at a premium in a blanket fort. That’s why this backpack cooler from Icemule might do the trick. Sure, you’re only lugging it from the fridge and back, but it will still be more compact — some models have as small as an 8-inch diameter — than the wheeled contraption you take to the beach.