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.


I’m sharing this post with these great link parties:

DIY by Design, Ivy and Elephants, Lamberts Lately, Share a Cup of Mrs Olson, The Dedicated House (FEATURED!) Home & Garden Thursday, Fishtail Cottage, Green Willow Pond, Creative Inspirations, Miss Mustard Seed, The Brambleberry Cottage, Rooted in Thyme, The Dedicated House, Life on Lakeshore Drive, It’s Overflowing, Nifty Thrifty Sunday, Cozy Little House, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Coastal Charm, Elizabeth & Co, Savvy Southern Style





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Joy@aVintageGreen May 28, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Looks great Gail, bright when curtains are open, full window view plus cozy when closed. Nice that each side has its own window when the curtains are in use. The tongue-and-groove ties the loft together as well. I love the privacy provided with the curtains closed. Great finish of your home Gail and D. Many congratulations.


Smithe St. Doug May 28, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Grudgingly, he said: “looks great”.


Gail May 28, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Why, thank you, mister!


STTFCARP May 28, 2014 at 4:46 pm



Julie May 29, 2014 at 12:16 am

oh my! That looks amazing! There is not one thing about this that I don’t love. When can I move in?!


Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow June 2, 2014 at 2:36 pm

WOW!! Absolutely amazing and stunning….love it


Kelly June 2, 2014 at 8:09 pm

omg… what a brilliant use of space! I love it!!

Kelly from http://www.lifeonbirchst.com


Sherry June 4, 2014 at 5:34 am

It looks so nice and cozy!


kathy June 4, 2014 at 10:05 am

Awesome room and beds – the curtains are fantastic! I do appreicate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,


Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams June 12, 2014 at 9:09 am

Wow, those look like a very fun place to sleep, you have been very creative in designing them.

Sorry it’s been a long time returning your comment…my blog post explains it all.

Lovely to meet another BC blogger.



Kathryn Griffin @TheDedicatedHouse June 13, 2014 at 6:24 am

How fantastic!! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features today at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week’s blue soiree. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2014/06/anything-blue-friday-week-59.html Hope to see you again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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