So, I need to back up a second. Raku and I signed up to be roommates, but we were assigned two different singles. During Rush, we had heard the idea that two people moved into one room and then turned the second room into a movie theater/building/everything/awesome room. Raku and I decided to do something similar. We planned to paint one room orange, the other blue, and then put portals on the doors.
We slept in our other single while we were in the process of painting. We basically went the first month at MIT without completely unpacking our suitcases.
After putting two coats of paint on, it turned out really nice.
(Skipping all the design process) Here's the final product. If you want to read about the rest, click the read more link below the image.
|Completed Loft :)|
We came up with a bunch of ideas for lofts (we wanted to build a new design).
One was to build a raised "floor" and sleep underneath it. I was completely in favor of this; however, the thought of dust, rats, and cockroaches swayed me.
Another design was to have the beds above the entrance into the room. We would have done this if it wasn't for the fire alarm and sprinkler.
|We have a sink in our room!!! East Campus is awesome!|
Yet another design, was to make a full loft. In other words, we would make a second story in our one story room.
With all these ideas, we decided to make some design specifications.
- Light should still reach the floor (eliminates a second floor type loft)
- High enough to avoid bumping our heads on
- Low enough to allow sitting up in bed
- No posts in the middle of an open space
Our favorite design was an "L" loft. Here's a sketch.
The Final Final Loft
|Notice the 2 x 4 beam at the top|
Here you can see two front 4 x 4 posts on one side of the loft.
I found some really nice 2x12 boards in the EC West Parallel basement. (They had a sign on them saying they would be used by a certain date, but it was after that date. After talking to some people, I decided they were up for grabs. If the person happens to read this and wants them back, I would be glad to buy some for them).
Any way, these 2x12s fit the mattress height perfectly.
(The pictures were taken after the building process. We had finally unpacked by then.)