213) S.T.T.F. Day 9 (Loft Train Beds)

by Gail on April 30, 2014

When our architect asked us how many bedrooms in this house, I responded, “Two bedrooms and twenty beds.”

Most of the twenty beds are in the loft, where I see hosting bunches of guests, including grandchildren eventually (if I should live so long!)loft nook bed

In the loft, we built bed platforms for two twin beds. TV viewers (or, realistically, monitor viewers) can lounge on the bed and see above the heads of the couch people.loft before

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:closet post 4x4

They are hollow posts, made of 1/2″ plywood. Perfect! And they look SO good installed.

The cutting and construction of the frame was complicated by the roof angle and our desire not to rip out our window trim. Here’s what Rob managed to do:train bed ceiling detail

train frame

train bed anchors

And here’s a before and after in the same shot:

before & after train bed framing

train beds framed

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.)

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Smithe St. Doug May 1, 2014 at 8:25 am

Pretty damned fine work, I have to say.

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Joy@aVintageGreen May 1, 2014 at 10:14 pm

Gail, love the floating height, the lightness in the look of the structure. Can’t wait to see what curtains will do. Love your concept. The platform/desk seems so grounded.
Joy

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Rachel Lloyd May 19, 2014 at 10:54 pm

I must say this is really coming along! Love it!

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