Deep Dive: The Bed

My little house has a living space that comprises the kitchen, living room and bedroom. The bed will be a permanent, integral part of that space. Some people are a little weirded out by that; others grok the concept. When the house is done, every day I'll wake up to and live within a single space that celebrates The View.

The platform-style bed began on 25 August 2016 in the same manner as the kitchen cabinets and island: with a frame of pressure-treated 2x6s anchored to the floor.

The headboard is structurally part of the wall behind the bed; its base was framed out with 2x4s.

The headboard itself was framed out with 2x3s. Its shape mirrors that of the living space turned on its side. The angled part at the bottom will meet the top of the mattress and create a "nest" for pillows so I can comfortably sit up in bed and read.

The angled part at the top will house built-in lighting consisting of four small recessed LED units.

The flat extensions at the bottom on either side are small floating end tables that will have drawers mounted on the underside.

A pair of dimmers are mounted on either side to control the lighting. (Although I'll be living alone, I don't discount the possibility of having an overnight guest someday. She'll have to like cats...) The entire headboard will be finished with wide hardwood boards.

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