Couch Cushion Architecture Analysis

by Katie Bowell, Curator of Cultural Interpretation

Whew! All the excitement from Saturday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the new Fort Collins Discovery Museum means that everyone in the museum still has architecture on the brain. While the architecture we’re thinking about at the moment is on the big we’re-building-a-whole-new-museum scale, there’s nothing to stop you from doing a little designing of your own. I’m talking, of course, about couch cushion forts!

Couch Cushion Fort

The team at Build Blog has compiled a two-part critique (Part 1, Part 2) of the various couch cushion architectural approaches. Did you know the importance of counter weights and Euclidian geometry, even when working with building materials of the pillow variety?

What are some of your fort-building successes? Were you a purist, only using the materials that came from a sofa, or were boxes, blankets, folding tables and family pets all fair game as construction materials? My triumph involved a refrigerator box, wallpaper samples, and a lot of finger paint. It’s probably best I wasn’t allowed anywhere near an actual couch.

3 Responses to “Couch Cushion Architecture Analysis”

  1. 1 Lesley September 14, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Whenever I made a couch fort, I was always excited to find the bonus Cheeto deep in the cracks of the sofa!

  2. 2 Treloar Bower September 14, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Food is all well and good but I wanted coins! “Money, money, money, Moooon-eeeey. Money!” That would be the lyrics to the O’Jays, “For the Love of Money,” BTW.

  3. 3 tburton1004 September 15, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    I was a big proponent of the moving box fort, myself. Another favorite fort permutation was to hang blankets around the edge of the ping pong table.

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