When I moved into my loft, I looked around at all the space I didn’t have and thought, “hmm, how can I best use this space and what should I get for supper, I’m starving.”
I ended up getting some fried chicken and, more to the point, a loft bed from Ikea. It’s kinda like a bunk bed with no lower bunk.
(There’s normally piles of stuff where in this picture you see floor. Also, ignore the shovel hanging from the ceiling.)
It freed up a lot of space to hang clothes and/or put a desk underneath. All combinations of which I’ve done at times. But there were issues.
On those tall legs it wasn’t the most stable thing. I had to wedge it tight to the wall with some old towels. “Stability Towels,” I called them. There isn’t a whole lot of space up there, so you gotta do a little contorting to get in and out. Making the bed was largely out of the question. And lastly, there’s a sprinkler sticking out of the ceiling just waiting to put a dent in my head.
It was alright for sleeping, but wasn’t very good for more, um, aerobic activities. Yes, it was absolutely dreadful for jogging.
Anyway, I’m starting to re-do my apartment and the bed was on the list of things to replace. I wanted a low bed frame with a surface I could lay my mattress on directly. (Box springs are the devil’s work.)
Then last night I was lying on my floor underneath the bed thinking about all the things that have gone wrong that led me to that point at 4am, lying on my floor staring up at the bottom of my bed, when I started to look at how the bed was constructed.
After a bit more investigation, it seemed as if the bed frame could be turned into exactly what I was looking for. Take out the legs, flip the bed, and bolt the mattress floor to the opposite side of the cross-members.
I was so sure it would work. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it before.
So this morning, with the help of my friend (and temporary roommate) Natrix, I took the whole damn thing apart to see if it was indeed possible. At first it looked like this and I was scared:
Then I bolted the frame back together and reassembled the mattress floor, which had to be done from below leaving me with a bit of an issue once it was all bolted in place.
Yeah, I didn’t fully think that one through.
Before long, much to my amazement, it was re-assembled exactly like I had pictured it in my semi-drunken head the night before. Amazing.
The next bit it to turn some of the old legs into a giant headboard. And maybe paint the frame. And it still needs a few finishing touches. But I have a new bed, and all for the low low price of nothing.
It still needs a live test though. So, who wants to go jogging with me?