How to… build a den!

April 10, 2015

Every child needs their own private den, to hide away and escape inside the pages of a lovely book. We’ve searched high and low for the easiest, cheapest and most creative ideas for how to build a den that will encourage children to read.

Psst! We thought this may come in handy for World Book Night this month as the kids will have a great place to stay up and celebrate this fun reading event.

Some ideas for how to build a den:

This idea seems to be the quickest and easiest to put together. You can buy a ready-made canopy tent, which can be put up anywhere and simply filled with cushions. However it may not be big enough if you have lots of children, but makes a cosy den for one or two.


A similar idea is a teepee construction. All you need is some sturdy wooden poles, strong rope, a decorative sheet and a snuggly rug or lots of cushions. Perhaps you could add some sparkle to night-time reading with some fairy lights draped over the top.


If you don’t have much money to play with, why not transform a cardboard box into a foldaway doll’s house. This amazing idea still makes children feel like they have their own reading den, complete with a roof, that’s big enough to live in.


Another idea is this genius travel cot reading den – cheap and easy. Just turn it on its side, throw a lovely blanket over the top and garnish with pillows, toys and of course, lot of books. You’d never know it used to be a cot!


For a more permanent fixture (and if you don’t get any use out of it!), why not turn your boring cupboard under the stairs into a mini library? You can get creative by decorating the outside and making it into your children’s very own house.


Find lots more ideas on how to build a den for World Book Night on our Pinterest board, Book Nooks.

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Build a den for a cause!
Save the Children are running a campaign called #denday, where children can be sponsored to create their own den and help raise money for children in need around the world. Find out more here.