When our architect asked us how many bedrooms in this house, I responded, “Two bedrooms and twenty beds.”
But, given the occasion when there are several people sharing the loft to sleep in, privacy is nearly non-existent. I have always romanticized about adding curtains to the twin beds to increase sleepability/privacy, not-to-mention the potential for puppet theatres and make-believe grocery stores or post offices. I call these train beds, because they remind me of the berths on overnight trains.
D, on the other hand, is not so keen on chopping up the loft to make these tiny ‘rooms.’
So, when I asked Rob, our Sprint-to-the-Finish carpenter, to build a frame for curtains, I specified “no holes in the ceiling, and minimal in the walls, so the whole frame can be reversed if it doesn’t work for D.” I attest to Rob’s creative genius that he has managed to accomplish that.
I was thrilled to find enough (gorgeous stain-grade) material in the crawl space, most of it bought used through CraigsList, so that I didn’t have to buy any wood. Rob trimmed and sanded it.
A critical component is the corner post. A 7′ 4×4 post in stain-grade fir would set us back about $50. Fortunately, our friends S and F let me have their torn-down closet components, including three of these babies:
They are hollow posts, made of 1/2″ plywood. Perfect! And they look SO good installed.
And here’s a before and after in the same shot:
So, thank you, S and F for letting me re-use your closet organizer, and Rob for building, and D for not saying, “I hate it.”
(For the valance and curtain update, go to this post.)