Building dens with DFS | #MySofaDen


*A collaborative post

The imagination of a three year old is an amazing thing. They see things with a fresh perspective, often giving you an unique insight into how the world around them is through the eyes of a pre-schooler.  Olly’s imagination is wonderful and I love to watch him make up stories, interacting with his cuddly toys and using his imagination to explore his world through play.


One of the things Olly loves to do when we have a lazy afternoon at home is to build himself a den. We have a large three seater sofa in the lounge along with two armchairs and there’s plenty of scatter cushions and blankets in the house giving lots of materials to play with for den building.

With half term arriving early in our house, Olly has been getting in on the den building action early and decided he wanted to build a Halloween den in the lounge as we watched a spooky episode of Scooby Doo.

Sofa dens

Of course, the first aspect of den building is to strip away the cushions on the sofa to give an open space to build on, around or over. The next step is to retrieve all the scatter cushions and build them up into a tower to allow the imagination to develop. Picking out the bigger cushions to use as doors and the sofa cushions to use as walls.


It’s really interesting watching Olly building his dens. He utilises the blankets for a removable roof just in case it gets a bit warm. Who doesn’t want a retractable roof on a warm autumnal afternoon? I think we’ve got a budding architect in the family.

Sofa dens

Little Ted and Big Ted have to test out the new facilities. They always check for draughts and give it a cosy rating out of ten. I think the Halloween den scored high points, constructed from sofa cushions and a snuggly blanket it was the ritz of dens.

The beauty of den building is of course the construction and then the destruction. Sofa surfing anyone?

Sofa dens

Making #MySofaDen was made a lot easier thanks to DFS’ step-by-step guide, details of which can be found here in this handy DFS Sofa Den guide

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  • Reply Plutonium Sox 21/10/2016 at 7:55 pm

    Haha I love that there’s a sofa den guide! My girls love doing this too but our sofa cushions don’t come off so they have to make do with other things as walls!

  • Reply Sam | North East Family Fun 22/10/2016 at 1:04 pm

    Ah I love your den – that blanket is perfect for autumn!

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