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Thursday, July 5, 2012

New, Improved and Loftier

We just keep finding things to do up here in the woods... Summer is in full swing and we usually have a steady stream of folks crazy enough to make it all the way up to  North 47.5 latitude and West 90.5 degrees longitude. In fact, we've just had our first official visitors of "Summer" if you think of summer as being that time between the Summer Solstice and the Fall Equinox. And our most recent guests got a chance to enjoy the most recent fruits of our labor... a new platform for our guest bed!

Previous guests have had the pleasure of a comfy but sort of low sleeping experience, ie, a mattress on the floor of our loft. No one actually complained, but since we and most of our friends are getting to that certain age when getting off a mattress on the floor isn't such an easy task any more, we had an idea. We'd make a platform bed! And we wanted to make it tall enough -- but not too tall -- that it would allows us to tuck away mattress #2, a full sized futon, that was taking up space in the "guest suite" aka "Kathy's office."

Dr. Google helped find us the right ideas, and discovered several "DIY" web sites including one called "Instructables" where we found some plans for a platform bed. We, of course, had to improve on the original plans and think ours is much better. 

We used yet more of the scrap lumber... a nice piece of 4" by 4" post, for the legs... But actually had to go and BUY some lumber from our local lumber yard/hardware store in Grand Marais... Oh well, good to keep the local economy humming...

We created a frame of 2x6's and used sturdy bolts to fasten the frame to the legs...
Here is the frame... FYI we built it in our workshop, disassembled it and brought it to the loft and reassembled...
Deck studs to support the platform...
Learned what a stud bracket looks like... 
The top of the frame is an inch and a half higher than the posts...
Found a handy length of 1-1/2 " Doug fir trim to use as a "gap monitor" for the end bracing...
1/2 inch OSB for the platform, leaving a nice 1 inch "lip" on 3 of 4 sides to hold the mattress in place. We left it flush at the head of the bed in case we want to add a headboard some time...
And goll darn it, the thing actually works! 
Sanding off those nasty rough edges...
And here we are in the loft, getting the sections of the frame in place for reassembly...
Looks very professional!  You can just see the edge of that full sized futon mattress that is now hidden away underneath. And there's still plenty of clearance above so no one is in any more danger of whapping their noggins on the ceiling... not any more danger than they were before, that is...

And here are some pix of recent visitors who seem to have enjoyed the new guest quarters! 
Our friends and neighbors in the city, Mike and Martha, in front of the roaring High Falls of the Pigeon RIver...

 ...and friend and colleague, Gayle, by our lookout...

Next post will be all about what's growin' up on the Bluff in 2012! 


  1. Wow, looks very sturdy! Not even a hurricane could blow it apart. I am impressed!

    Hope you are staying cool up there...

  2. I was definitely behind. Lots of great news. Love the bed frame. It will be much easier to get out of bed when I visit in Sept. Definitely an adventure with all the critters. And, now I know what you are trying to give each other for the 30 year anniversary -- a wood chipper. Since you had the splitter it only stands to reason. Take care, Rox

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