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Sleeping Loft

Saturday, April 30th, 2011:

Finished work on the sleeping loft and enjoyed our first ‘camp out’ in the Tiny House! To be honest, the sleeping area is really quite a bit more spacious than we’d imagined. At 3′ 8″ of head clearance at the peak of the roof, we’d been a bit apprehensive. Perhaps since we’ve spent so much time in the Tiny House we’re becoming accustomed to the space, but it really was comfortable and cozy up there. -That is, if you don’t take into consideration the climbing ‘crash pad’ that we put down for a temporary mattress. The thing is great for taking falls when out bouldering, but not as much fun for comfy sleeping…

The dimensions for the loft allow for a queen-size mattress. We have been sleeping on a full-size bed since getting married, and find it to be more than adequate for the comfort of two people and two cats. Given this, we’ll have some extra space on each side of the sleeping loft.

To maximize as much available storage space as possible, we’re following Jonathan’s lead and building in ‘foot lockers’ on each side of the bed. We found his blog early on in our planning phase and loved his foot locker idea.

We framed our foot lockers with 2X2’s and sheeted them with the knotty pine we’ve been using throughout the interior. We have also constructed small ‘closets’ for some clothing storage at the end of the sleeping loft. This has served two functions for us: Maximizing more storage space while closing off the sleeping loft for a touch of privacy from the ‘Great Room’.

We will be creating our full-size ‘bed’ in the sleeping loft by putting together two 3″ natural latex rubber mattress cores inside of a custom made organic cotton and wool mattress cover. Through a lot of research, Gabby found a great company, Purerest, that offers all-natural bedding products. This was important to us specifically due to the things we’d been learning about the fire-retardant chemicals found in mattresses and other furniture. Interested folks should check out these videos: Toxic Chemical Soup Part One. Toxic Chemical Soup Part Two. Dangerous Flame Retardant Chemicals. Pretty interesting stuff.

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