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for a while i've been sleeping in the living room on the futon couch, but the warmer it gets, the less i like that. i also no longer want to sleep on a thermarest on the floor in my room; i'd like a more comfortable bed. so. i am going to build a loft bed. i've mostly designed the bed itself, but i am not entirely sure where to put it, and that will affect its size.




this is what the room looks like now. all the dark, labelled items are furniture that will stay in the room, but some of which might get completely moved around. the desk consists of two separate hollow-core doors on trestles; easy enough to take apart and even re-cut to fit elsewhere. the wardrobe is fixed; it's sort of built-in; i am not taking it down. the pantry is a set of shelves which will stay right there since it is next to the door to the kitchen (which is bereft of sufficient storage space). what's labelled "storage" consists of 6 drawer units, stacked 2 high -- my yarn stash is in there. there is also movable storage in the form of file boxes that are crammed in every bit of free space under shelves, desks, and next to the pantry.

i have too much stuff. :)

the magenta thingie on the left is the door with its swing radius (it actually is a make-shift dutch door, can swing all the way around to the wall). the magenta strip on the right is the window which i do not wish to block (it opens to the outside, which is convenient).

the transparent greenish rectangles are the possible loft bed locations.

*ponder*. it'd be really nice to get a decent centre area free. i have a papasan chair that's now out in the shed because we have no room for it; it could be nice to have it there to plop down in occasionally.

putting my computer desk under the bed if it's in location 1 would suck, since then i have the glare of the window on the screens. 2 or 3 would work fine. location 3 is not wide enough to put a full-size bed there; i'd have to add some foam on one side. that's not necessarily a problem, since i have a spare full-size futon cover into which i could squish a twin-size mattress and a strip of foam.

if i separate the desks, i can have computer stuff on one, and crafts-related stuff on the narrower one. i could put the scanner on a pull-out shelf, maybe.

must move around rectangles in photoshop some more. i love layers. :)

on 2005-07-27 05:54 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] jinian.livejournal.com
I kind of want a t-shirt of that floor plan. Nice design. :)

loft bed location

on 2005-07-27 05:57 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] jinian.livejournal.com
More pertinently, I like the potential cave of position #3. It's hard to say without seeing the room, though.

t-shirt

on 2005-07-28 20:41 (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] pir-anha.livejournal.com
*heh*. first the design, then the cafepress company "imaginary space design".

on 2005-07-27 13:27 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] lorres.livejournal.com
Mmmmm! Loft bed! I dearly loved mine! I had it over the pantry (looks like that's the one place you wouldn't be able to put it). But with 15 ft. ceilings it still worked out well. Plenty of head room for sitting and shifting around in the bed, and no need to duck down underneath it. Maybe think about what you'll survey from the bed as well. There's nothing like waking up and looking out of bed onto an interesting scene, or climing into the bed and enjoying the view. Good luck!

loft bed! and yarn

on 2005-07-28 20:53 (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] pir-anha.livejournal.com
yeah, when i built my first loft bed in an old house in germany, the ceilings were so high that i could stand on top of the bed.

alas, that's not so here. i am gonna be able to sit up, but that's all.

i like looking upon my domain when i wake up, yes. needing all the available wall space for shelving doesn't allow for the large posters i would like, but i leave room on the shelves for crafted things that double as visual pleasure, like crocheted baskets. i'm also thinking of rotating some of my yarn in large bowls -- i keep it generally away from dust and light, but i really do like to see and touch it. except i don't have much room for placing the large bowls i have. *ponder*.

i really like your idea of pillow covers as a small project size for knit/crochet; i might take that up. i've also been thinking of making freeform abstract pictures, smallish ones, which i could frame and hang. i simply do not always want to undertake a large project, and i am a little tired of scarves (though i just had an idea for a nifty skinny one that i must try out as soon as i have unearthed the black yarn drawer from behind the book boxes that are temporarily blocking it.

Re: loft bed! and yarn

on 2005-07-29 00:56 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] lorres.livejournal.com
Sitting up in the loft is still very nice. I'm green with jealousy over your loft bed in Germany! Are you going to make your new one with legs, or hanging from the ceiling? Mine was hanging, which sometimes gave me a little eerie feeling. But it made for great room underneath, with no legs.

Not only pillow covers, but I think small table cloths are on my list of future stuff to try and also I seem to have chairs and stools that are very hard and could use some softening. Your abstract pictures sound quite interesting. If you ever take photos, maybe you could point me to them.

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