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Project by robertpaul posted 04-24-2008 09:05 PM 2082 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This 10’ X 10’ room is smaller than the closets in a lot of Mac Mansions, so how to make the maximum use of this minimal space can be a challenge.

In normal use, you can just about get a small bed and a dresser in, since the closet, window, and steam radiator cut into the options.

By totally using one wall, from floor to ceiling an amazing amount of space can be created.

The built in bed has sides as you might find on a ship, as these double as a support for a hinged panel that drops down to cover the bed and act as a table.

Around the top and above the drop down table is a small shelf. At the foot, or head of the bed is bookcases with a hidden compartment beneath the bottom shelf.

Under the bed is 4 pull out’s that are on casters with about 14 cubic feet of storage. Each drawer/bin is divided in the middle with a pull out divider. (Winter stuff on one side, summer on the other, so by pulling out the divider you can quickly change seasons.)

In the corner, under the bookcase section the space squeezed by the radiator is a “Gnome door” that give access to boot and shoe storage. (The Gnome Door was a “bit of fun”, for me.)

Over the whole area are a section of hinged overhead compartments that give about 28 cubic feet of long-term storage.

At the entry door end is a computer set up that can be converted to a hanging closet with a minimum of work.

This type of set up would also work very well for a “summer place”.

1. Overhead is about 28 cubic feet of storage.
2. Bins equal about 14 cubic feet of storage
3. Bookcases
4. Shelf
5. Drop down back panel functions as a worktable.
6. Gnome door doubles as hidden boot storage.
7. Computer desk easily changed to hanging closet.

-- "That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest." Henry David Thoreau



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MRTRIM

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posted 04-24-2008 11:35 PM

wow now thats maximizing space ! well done

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tenontim

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posted 04-24-2008 11:46 PM

Reminds me of the days when I was sailing the seas looking for the elusive humpback….... sorry, having a flash back. That is a great job of getting the most from a small space. Nice design too.

-- Tim

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Dan Lyke

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posted 04-25-2008 12:10 AM

I will be watching more of this sort of thing closely. We’re squeezed into a small two bedroom and trying to make the most of it without making it feel tight, so there’ll be lots of wall-sized built-ins in our future. On the list in not too long is a pair of armoires for the bedroom to do what you’ve done here.

Thanks!

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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MsDebbieP

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posted 04-25-2008 12:12 AM

I love this!! And yes, the gnome door is what makes this room “over the top” awesome.

A great design for the space. Good job

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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robertpaul

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posted 04-25-2008 02:01 AM

Hi Dan,

I have acouple of other “space saving” designs on LJ http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/robertpaul.

If your house is a “bungalow”, built ins work out nicely. If you see anything that may be of help, I did the drawings and have no problem sharing.

-- "That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest." Henry David Thoreau

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Bill

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posted 04-25-2008 01:54 PM

A nice job on the bed and storage. This does give you a lot of storage and bedding in a small area. What do you have in the rest of the room now?

-- Bill - Turlock, Ca. - http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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robertpaul

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posted 04-25-2008 02:31 PM

Hi Bill,

This was for a friends college student, so a entertainment center/game station took up the other wall. Balance of the room is filled with normal misc. STUFF!! he, he.

-- "That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest." Henry David Thoreau

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reluctant

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posted 04-25-2008 07:45 PM

My dorm room at college was 8×10. It had a high, long bed (though only 33 inches wide) with drawers underneath and a small fridge on one side and a big desk with shelves above and a closet on the other side. Was pretty easy for me to fit all my necessities in. I really like the gnome door and looking at this I see how I could’ve had even more storage in my dorm if we had someone to put the effort in. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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dennis

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posted 04-25-2008 09:29 PM

Very nice. Must save on heating and cooling too!

-- http://woodsongsfurniture.com

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NedB

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posted 01-06-2009 06:39 AM

very nice design, what size mattress fits in there, regular twin or dorm style ‘super twin’?

-- Ned

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robertpaul

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posted 01-06-2009 01:03 PM

Ned, due to the size constraints of the door to wall, we used the smallest of the “custom size” twin mattress available. Sounds sort of strange when you think of a stock custom size???

-- "That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest." Henry David Thoreau

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PaBull

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posted 01-06-2009 05:26 PM

Hum, nice post, olde but goody.

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robertpaul

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posted 01-08-2009 11:57 PM

Wanted to make the olde look so the built in looked like it came with the house.

Side note to the small mattress used. “It is sometimes good, not to make the children too comfortable at home”

-- "That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest." Henry David Thoreau

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