215) S.T.T.F. Final Day (11) Loft Beds

by Gail on May 28, 2014

train beds framedI have told you about the construction of curtain frames for our loft’s twin beds. Rob, our Sprint to the Finish (S.T.T.F.) carpenter built them, as well as doors for the storage underneath.

Inspired to re-create the romance of train bed berths, I asked him to craft valances from the same tongue-and-groove pine that we had left over from our cottage-style ceilings.cottage ceiling

I auditioned the shape of the valances with brown paper, keeping in mind that I didn’t want to block any of the beautiful view of the islands out the windows.view from loft I took the angles of the valance from the window angles, and from the paper template was able to see that the light and the views weren’t blocked by this shape of valance, and the cathedral-like angles of the ceiling were repeated.paper audition

I did consider a barrel-like rounded shape, but there are no curves, only angles up there in the loft, so the curves wouldn’t work for the valances.

Once the design was decided upon, Rob built it, I painted it, Rob installed it.loft bed valances.jpg

We built and finished trim pieces around the bed so it looks pro.

And, although that was a couple of weeks ago, it’s taken me this long to sew the curtains.

I used closet dowels for curtain rods.curtains from inside

Using medium weight cotton canvas, I sewed tabs to the top, and left the bottom un-hemmed until I could pre-shrink it. It shrank by 5-7 inches in length!

Sewed curtain hold-backs with buttons:button on curtains

Here are a bunch of views:morning sun in loft.jpg

loft beds

train bed open & closed

train berth beds

Now I can see that we need an interesting piece of art above that centre window.

The cost of the built-in materials was zero, because we had everything on hand. The cost of the curtains, including rods:

11 yards of canvas = $78

3 – 7′ pieces dowel = $35

So, this completes our Sprint To The Finish with Rob, the carpenter. He did a great job for us, and it is thrilling to say the house is finished.

 

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