Our next big studio project to deal with is the loft. We’ve got a nice raised storage area in the back of the space but it’s a little unsightly – with pipes, a heater and some sort of water tank. And that’s before we add all our junk! Also, there is currently no way to get up there. Um, minor problem. We’ve been borrowing a tall ladder from the florists next door when needed, but this is definitely not a permanent solution.
So, we set 3 plans into motion: 1. Have a simple ladder built 2. Put some solid organization systems in place up there and 3. Find a way to partition it off so we don’t have to look at all that business up there.
We found a great carpenter on CraigsList who whipped up a ship ladder for us in a flash. He was so efficient and reasonably priced that we also decided to have him put in a partition wall to separate my desk from the utility sink/fridge area (a major plus).
Here is the space mid-process. (Pardon the mess!) Once the ladder and wall are painted white, they blend nicely with the rest of the space, maintaining the open, airy feel in the room. You can see I had started getting organized up there at this point – with some clean white dressers from Target and white filing boxes – but it still isn’t looking so great. Plus our shipping supplies (to the left) are re-purposed from inbound deliveries so they are all different shapes and sizes and, therefore, always look a little unruly.
As luck would have it, we ended up having a good bit of white fabric left after having the curtains for the front window made. While those puppies were too big and precise for my limited sewing skills, I felt pretty confident that I could figure out this loft thing. Enter my very neglected sewing machine from my Grandma. After spending WAY too long figuring out how to thread the darn thing, I was in business. I cut seven panels and made pole pockets at the tops and bottoms of each. I had already gotten wood dowels and S-hooks at Home Depot and had the dowels cut so they would cover the entire width of the room on top but would leave an opening for the ladder on the bottom. The S-hooks up top loop right through the chicken wire that covers the ceiling and the lower dowels just rest on the loft with a couple nails here and there to keep them in place. Now, this was definitely one of the worst sewing jobs in history but because of the way the curtains are pleated and hanging behind an I-beam, it really doesn’t matter.
Feels kinda like a night club, right? Of course, we’ll need to find a new solution when winter hits because our heater is back there (sigh) but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.Read More