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DD's room

May 30th, 2014 at 10:14 am

DD will be here next week for a short visit before spending the summer in Alaska. She will be back in August just before school starts.

We moved into our current apartment in March, and have been converting the walk in closet into her bedroom. It's actually a great space to use for a bedroom. It has a window that opens, two lights that turn on and off independently, three separate outlets, and even a land line phone jack (how quaint).

It is 4" wide by 19" long, so it's a pretty good size, but a challenging shape to use as a bedroom. There are two doors, one leading to the master bedroom, and one to the living room. Both doors need to be kept clear because the window in the closet also leads to the fire escape. This led us to decide to loft a bed in the middle of the room, between the two doors.

My dad came from Idaho last month and helped put a loft in for her bed. We also took out some of the existing shelving and hanging bar for clothes, and after building the bed we reinstalled some of the shelves in places that worked a bit better. The materials for the bed cost me about $75. To buy one that fit in that space would have cost me at least $200, and I didn't care for the design of that one as it didn't have an opening at the top of the ladder. The one we built is much sturdier and easier to get in and out of.

The light fixture that wound up above the bed wasn't really well suited for that space, since it was glass with sharp corners on it, and the bulb wasn't fully enclosed. We found a new fixture for $20 at Home Depot and replaced it. The new on is rounded with a plastic cover, so if she bumps her head on it it won't be especially painful. Another plus on the new light fixture is that it has a pull chain so she can turn it on and off without getting out of bed.

Next week while she is here I'll be helping her with unpacking and getting the space organized, as well as hanging up mirrors and artwork. I bought a small desk online, that needs to be put together as well, and have a few more shelves to install.

She also had a lofted bed in our previous apartment, and I had put white Christmas lights underneath it for some soft white lighting. I will be doing that again as soon as I can find some lights, as most of the old set had burnt out. I might check Amazon for some LED lights this time.





7 Responses to “DD's room”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Hey, cool! I especially like that you have custom made the bed.

  2. hamchan Says:

    I'm trying to get some pics up, but it doesn't seem to be working at the moment.

  3. hamchan Says:

    Aha!!

  4. Petunia 100 Says:

    What a creative solution to use the space you have! Her bedroom looks nice. Smile

  5. MonkeyMama Says:

    Very nice!

  6. Jenn Says:

    Very cool! You really made the most of that space.

  7. Petunia in a Flower Garden Says:

    Wow! Amazing use of space!

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