I remember when my children were little and I was outfitting their Waldorf playroom what I coveted most of all were a pair of those beautiful wooden playstands.
I dreamt about the wonderfully creative, imaginative worlds my children would create underneath that cozy rainbow silk held by those lovely natural wood.
But, my husband and I were young parents. Burdened by student loan debt and a high cost of living. We made every sacrifice so that I could stay home with our children. We certainly could not afford those gorgeous stands.
I lamented this fact until we went to a Michaelmas festival at our local Waldorf school. While we were there we saw a vendor who had made something he was calling “playframes.” They looked very similar to these.
They were perfect! My husband started talking to the vendor and he was all too happy to talk about his plans and share his techniques. My husband was excited to try a new building project and felt that it was quite doable.
Before long he had made me three sets of double frames that were joined with double hinges.
I went to Goodwill and found some king size sheets and we were set. Our children built and played in forts for hours. Even today, fort-making is one of their fondest childhood memories.
I’ve since found that there are quite a few online retailers selling playframes and I believe there are even plans to be found online. They’re definitely worth the investment.