How To Build The Perfect Indoor Den


I’m not over-exaggerating when I tell you that building a den on Saturday night, and then spending the entire evening hiding out in it whilst drinking wine and eating pizza, was one of the best date nights I’ve ever had.

Helped along by the fact, y’know, it was dirt cheap and I could wear my pyjamas to the party.

And well, wine. And pizza. The best combo in the date night world EVER EVER.

So I thought I’d share some tips about how you nail an indoor den, because you’re not eight anymore and you can’t badger your parents to build it for you, sob.

Start off by attempting to build it around your boyfriend. They can be stubborn and lazy and HEY WE COULD JUST HANG OUT ON THE SOFA INSTEAD and the answer to that is no, and once you start building, chances are, they’ll eventually get involved.

For the roof of your den, use the biggest sheet you have.

A sheet is better than a blanket because it’s lighter and less likely to cave in, which is obviously the ultimate den building sin. We used a cheap Tesco king size bed sheet without fitted edges.

You need to work with what you’ve got and utilise your furniture to act as things to hang your sheet on. The back of a sofa or armchair is fan-bloomin-tastic, as is a radiator.

Chris had the amazeballs idea of tying a piece of string between the window latch and a hook on our fireplace, which created a place to hang our sheet on – we then used clothes pegs to secure it in place.

We used a second sheet to make the den extra roomy, and clipped that to the string with the pegs and let the other end hang over the back of the sofa.

(We clipped the sheet up on the side to take this photo so that you could see into the den, but then rolled it down to make it more private and cosy once we were settled – we also pegged together the curtains to make it darker!).

Now for the inside: You want it to basically feel like a bed, so the dream situ is to pull all your sofa cushions onto the floor and create a fake mattress –Β  a bit like you used to do when you had pals stay over as a kid.

Throw in every single blanket and cushion you can find in your house. The more you have, the more it feels like a nook of dreams that you’ll probably just never take down.

Oh, and top tip? Don’t let pets near it. They will try and climb on the roof and your nostrils will flare with anger.

Once in your den, deck it out with a tray which will act as a good, stable place to keep your wine so that it doesn’t fall over.

Bring in your laptop and prop it up on a couple of cushions – important because a) you can Netflix the night away and b) you can order pizza.

Another option is to pre-plan your den and make sure you have your hands on some Gameboy Colours and Pokemon games. (I just checked eBay and turns out you’re better asking around on Facebook because sweet lord they’re not cheap).

And then voila, heaven.

OH, and if you have any battery-operated fairy lights, maybe pin those up with some pegs too. Just don’t like tag me in your Instagram pic because I couldn’t find mine and it made me sad.

I realise this is basically just you making a mess with some bedding in your lounge and it sounds like a little smidge of effort when you could just sit on the sofa instead, but it honestly felt like something else. It felt like we were escaping into our own little world. And it meant we weren’t distracted by chores and just walking about the house because getting out of the den was such a hooha, it was the loveliest little way to turn a Saturday night in into something so much more.

I demand you give it a go.

Good luck!

P.S. Soz about the meh photo, I was too busy attempting to dive face first into the den and the wine.

  • Amy

    I absolutely love that you have made a post out of this, I laughed all the way through this and it just proves how good a writer you are when you can write a post about making a den and still make it funny and relatable! I actually really wanna try this but I think my boyfriend might not be quite as up for it haha
    Amy xx

    • Hahaha well I was like this is the most underrated thing EVER, I need to remind people how damn amazing a sofa den is. Chris wasn’t all that up for it until I started building! x

  • How cute! Definitely the perfect date night for cosy winter nights!! x

  • This literally looks like the most fun thing ever! Definitely doing this on my next free weekend x
    Sophie Cliff

  • han

    This looks so cosy! I need this in my life!

    Hannah | Oh January

  • This is amazing! I’ve not made a den in years but this has really made me want to do it again! Perfect Saturday night! Sophie x

  • This looks like so much fun & I am definitely building a den for surprise date night when I next get the chance because you know – duvet forts are the absolute shizz!

    Emma |

  • Haha, definitely one of my favourite date nights with my chap too! Blanket forts are the best and it is super good to know that we’re not the only big kids πŸ™‚

  • Making a den is so fun and hanging out inside of it is so cute and nice! Love how you wrote a post on this!
    Paula |

  • I don’t have a boyfriend but I can for sure make a den for one right?!

  • Oh it looks perfect. How come we stop making dens when we grow up? Not fair! Will definitely give this a go once exam season is over and hasn’t killed me.

    Love, kerstin

  • I havent made a den in years and now I really want to make one. This is the perfect date night- pizza and pjs..I just need to find a date. Haha!

  • Ahh I want to make a den now!! This looks so dreamy πŸ™‚

  • What a lovely idea!!

  • This is the best thing ever!! I need to try it asap!! really enjoyed this post! kisses:D

  • This is why your blog is my favourite! I’m definitely doing this on Saturday night πŸ™‚

  • Be right back i’m off to build the den of my dreams….! My dog is definitely up for it πŸ˜› I used to do this at uni by pushing two sofas together and surrounding it with ALL THE CUSHIONS. If nothing else, this is the perfect excuse to buy more cushions πŸ™‚

  • This looks like such a fun idea for a nice night in!

  • Ami

    You even make some draped sheets, pegs and cushions look good! Love this idea and the thought of you excitedly trying to build it around Chris haha

    Ami x

  • Kirsten Leah

    Nothing beats a sofa den!

    Also, you can run gameboy games off a free emulator on your smartphone (I’ve lost so many hours to PokΓ©mon Yellow it’s ridiculous). Go nostalgia!

  • Well I think you just planned my next date night for me! It’s lovely to see you relaxing and having fun Hannah! xo

  • This post made me smile. Back when me and my boyfriend started dating in uni we made an AWESOME den in my room, using an indoor clothes hanging thingybob on one side, shelves on the other. I shoved my single mattress in the middle, went cray with blankets and cushions and it was the cosiest, most enjoyable way of watching films ever. This is well over 4 years ago now (!!!) and this post definitely means I’m gonna have to bully him into making a den with me again!

  • Nat

    I’m definitely going to be giving this a go with my boyfriend once we’re settled in our new house. ^_^ I always loved making pillow forts with my mom when I was a kid, so I just want to bring back some memories!

    I’d probably stick on Orange is the new Black for us to watch, and cook us a macaroni cheese to eat from the dish.

    Oh I cannot wait! πŸ˜›

  • hahahaha. love this i should try this,


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