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Another Dream Bed

As I keep on mind-calculating the bed I plan to have, I realized that it is quite expensive in relation to labor. That is, I’d rather buy a bed frame at the mall than build, since it entails having to learn the tools and, of course, needing to purchase all the “ingredients” to make a bed.  Carpentry isn’t like cooking where I already have the skills; all I need when the passion to cook is ignited are the ingredients, and tadaaah! you get the food.

Carpentry is something new to learn, although I have already been building castles in my mind for a very long time.  Moreover, when I went to the store to check out the power tools, they are quite heavy. Even the cheap Chinese-made tools are heavy to carry. How can I work on it when I don’t have the physique to start? Hmmm…exercise…exercise…

So anyways, while I was analyzing how to go about it…to reduce my expenses, that is…an idea hit me. Why not build from the old bed and start from it?

The old box (not bunk, as I like saying) bed that my father made for us is made of strong and resilient materials. They are not just your ordinary piece of plywood. Unfortunately, since we live in a meadow turned into a modern subdivision, the legs were feast upon by the termites. So, while the box where the mattress is fixed is still in good quality, the legs aren’t.

As I said, the problem with the box bed is it’s getting smaller. I cannot stretch and move freely with it anymore. Therefore, the reason why I have the urge to build a new bed.

So, a few days ago, before I started my lecture, an idea strike me. Since I did not carry my laptop that time, I picked up a piece of paper and drew an idea:


I thought I’ll convert my box bed into a bunk bed with storage.  Because the room is small, a bunk bed will be best.  My old box bed will be placed on top, and I will have my standard sized single bed as the base.  See, I thought the width of my bed is standard for single-size (36 inches), but it turns out, it is standard for children (30 inches) ha ha.

I was thinking of having a double-sized bed as the base, but that means it will be occupying a lot of spaces in the room, unless if the current fixtures are removed.  But considering that it might not happen, I’d go for a Singaporean standard single-size or 36 inches.  I drew a 36 inch line on the wall along the width of the two beds that I joined together, lied down and imagined how it feels to sleep on it. Hmm not bad at all…

So I went to the grocery store near our home that also sells mattresses. A 36-inch mattress is really comfortable. And I can imagine my aunt and uncle fitting in that size. Don’t ask me how they fit in he he…

But because the plywood available in the market is 4 ft in width, I might as well use that size.

So here’s the plan:

  1. Remove the legs of my old box bed.
  2. Build a 48 inch base bed. 36 inch will be utilized for the mattress, while the remaining 12 inch will be used for storage.
  3. Place the old box bed on top of the storage side.
  4. Convert the box into a storage, and position the mattress on top.

I think I am going to like this…


I thought a 4 inches height of bed frame will be very comfortable, so I made the height of the lower bed 10 inches only. Therefore, the height between the lower and upper bunk will be about 30 inches which is really fine until I realized that I still need to add a mattress. And I really want to have that 5 inches deep mattress. With less than 30 inches in between, I will always have a bruise and lump on my forehead before I sit down for breakfast.  I  will just change the height later though…

Since I will convert my old bed to storage, here’s the idea:


All I need to do is just hammer a frame on the sides and place a plywood on top. Later, I can store all my not-sure-if-it-should-be-thrown papers inside and my vision will be at peace. And if it fits, dump the old clothes for charity there too…  Interestingly, the frame is actually 6 inches in height, or roughly 7 cubic feet of storage space!!!

Here’s how it looks like once painted with what I think are fitting colors:


I really do not like to paint the whole bed frame. I imagine it varnished to natural colors. Besides, I love brown or its variants. And inasmuch as I do not like yellow, the color will really be warm during typhoon season. But I would really like to have a bold blue color when I wake up. Orange…well, it’s my sisters favorite, so I just added it so she will not be left out.

Also, I was planning to utilize the whole width of the 3/4 inch plywood (which is just Php800 in the store I visited yesterday) for the lower bed, but I really want to use  wooden slats, mainly for the reason that I can see what I stored below it or can check if it needs to be cleaned already he he…

So here’s how it will probably look like in the future (medium-term plan?):


With the necessary elements, this is how it should look like:


One thing good about this plan is I can start now by converting my box bed into a storage.  I can start slow, that is, by buying the 2 x 1 wood for the frame (about 3 pieces) and a 1/4 inch plywood.

Anyways, so I showed my plan to my mother. “What if you will fall from the top bunk?!?” “What if the top bed will break, we will have more hospital expenses?!?” “What if <this>?” “What if <that>?”

OMG!!! Ma, that is still the plan!!! I am not building it today, I am still dreaming about it. And WTF with all these dream-censoring?!?!?


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Posted by on November 20, 2016 in SketchUp


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Metric vs English & an Education

My friends gave me coffee before the anticipated mass last Saturday, so I was up all night and slept at about 4AM Sunday. What did I do as soon as I sat down in front of the computer, stressed with the idea of my limited Sketchup trial subscription? This:


I re-sketched my dream bed because my first attempt was measurement-less. It was hard to imagine the possibilities of a planned reality if most of its part is not apt to what is in the real world. {{{Just made me recall this RT feature of the “Madman of the Cathedral“}}}

For instance, if I plan to insert baskets in the storage instead of making a drawer, is there a basket available in the market for that size?  Or, if the bed is in this particular size, will there be a mattress of that size or will I just be creating useless spaces?

So I worked on that drawing, with proper measurements now…for several hours… Why it took that long? Because I made use of the metric system! I used to laugh at America for still using the English system of measurement; while we, in the so-called 3rd-world, are already using the metric system. Since the available wood in the market are in inches, I attempted to convert all measurements to create a metricized bed. It was easy at first, but as I went to the details, I get confused. Like a 1/4 inch plywood is 0.625 cm. Should I make it 0.6 cm? or 0.5, which is easier to imagine?  Because I only depended on my memory, I sometimes use 0.5 cm on the other edge, while on the other edge, I use 0.6 cm. While in reality this 0.1 cm difference is not a big deal, the computer always reminds you that it is. And since I am a certified OC, I get anxious at the smallest bit of  discrepancy.  So I stopped and decided to go to my dreamland, with the concept of the bed fading as I enter the unconscious…

Noon time, wanting to control my newly-discovered addiction but cannot (it’s Sunday anyways and I already heard mass last night!), I propped up on my computer chair with a cup of black coffee and started fussing with my mouse.  Before that, I told my mother about my plan, but this time, I will plan in inches.

Since the available plywood comes in inches, and I would like to build something with less cutting, I decided to stop pretending to be a metric-advocate and get real. Besides, I can better imagine a persons height in inches or feet than in centimeter or meter. So if a person says he is 1.6 meters, I feel like he is talking about the size of his coffin. To imagine him, I have to compute his height against mine, take the difference and convert to inches. So if the difference between us, let’s say, is 0.1 meter or 10 centimeters, I still have to convert that to inches, or divide it by 2.5 to get the 4 inches difference.

This is also true with the length of the bed. I am an average Asian, so I am below 6 ft, which is about 183 centimeter. If I use 183 centimeter in the plan, that will be stressful to my brain every time I sketch, as what happened on Saturday night.  I have to consider that the plywood dimension in the market is 4 ft x 8 ft. If I use the English system, or 6 ft, I can simply imagine that I will just ask somebody to cut the length 2 ft less. Easy.

So here’s what I sketched that Sunday afternoon:


This was easier to draw since I was basing everything on the dimensions of the available plywood and other woods. And it’s much easier to imagine since the beds in my room were built using inches.

Using the other features of SketchUp, this is what I plan to have:



Atm, this is not yet done (just look at the crooked caster wheel he he).  I still have to decide whether to use a whole plywood to cover the top portion of the bed or to use slats. I want to use slats as it allows me to easily inspect the contents of the storage.

As I analyze how much I will be spending, and considering that there is high probability that I will be hiring somebody to help me out since I am a poor carpenter, I need to prepare a large sum of money…and this is not what I intended.

I want to DIY my own bed, not just because it would mean a lot to me, but also because I want to spend lesser. If I will ask for assistance, that means, I will add a budget for labor.

So I thought, my only problem actually is, I do not have power tools, which will make everything easier. Yes, my father left us with complete carpentry tools in his tool cabinet, but my muscles now are extremely lazy with too much exposure to sematary, errrr sedentary lifestyle. I need those fancy power tools and I am willing to purchase them since it means I can make so much more with it. I can even imagine myself building the dog houses, or the planned stairs for a 2nd storey, or my nephews’ beds.  But as I assess things further, I really do not know anything about basic carpentry.  What I have with me are just based on experience I receive from my late father, who used to head the carpentry department of a multinational corporation, and the intuition and desire to build on my own.

I need an education. Not really a serious education, but at least one that would teach me to carry those power tools.

Hmmm…a technical school!!! That’s right, I will try to enroll in a technical school for carpentry to understand the basics.

So what happened really is, I enrolled last Monday in the government’s technical/vocational school to take carpentry course.  I am hoping to receive a scholarship. But if not, I can try that technical school nearby that enrolls students to study to go abroad hmmm…

So while awaiting for their response to my application, I will keep on drawing, sketching, planning, until my SketchUp trial subscription ends…


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Posted by on November 15, 2016 in SketchUp


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From Bedroom Wall to Bed

When I am beginning to feel lazy with life, I make an effort to change my environment just to get myself motivated again. In this case, since half of my week is working online, in my own bedroom, and the hospital-medical research is beginning to feel redundant, I need to find a way to keep inspired. Because I am the kind of person who thinks a lot, I also get bored very fast. So, I see it fit to make some major change in my bedroom, and not just arrange the mixed up clean and dirty laundry or throw away useless stuffs.  I therefore decided to change the color of my bedroom wall and buy cheap vinyl flooring.

yen-den-room-now-02 Currently, my bedroom wall is colored yellow.  I do not know what came into my mind that day when I chose this color. This used to be pink, the default color my father chose since, well, girls. Then my father pasted cream or beige wallpaper.  But as I grew older, I became my father’s daughter by also favoring blue and brown, his two favorite colors.  That day when the wall needed to be repainted, my sister and I begged for black. But my father said, “…then better buy a coffin if that’s what you want!” So we ended having the one of the three available colors in his inventory that time – yellow.

While it was OK before, I became hating the color since it’s the color of the stupidest political party of the country. As I am beginning to get involved with political issues, the more I hate anything that has to do with that color. So I thought before to repaint it. But it dragged on and on until some years ago that I had the chance.

Everyone wanted to change it to white; I decided I’ll go for this neutral color too. So I cleaned the wall to prepare for repainting. I brushed it hard and cleaned with soap and water. As soon as it is dry, we realized that it just looks newly repainted – only that it is still yellow. So I thought, I’ll just ignore the color for now and use the funds for other stuffs.

But now, I am really bored about it. It is now becoming a wall of dirt, again. So I checked RoomSketchers for possibilities:

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Then it hit me…

Why am I choosing the wall color now when I do not know yet what type of bed I should purchase nor I haven’t decided yet if I’ll finally remove that table and bookshelves attached to the wall?

Because if I have to make some renovations, I better plan on it to consider the future. If I will repaint now, it means, some portion of that shelves will not be painted. See, according to my brother, these attachments might be delicate when removed as there are evidences of termites at the other side of the wall. Which means that by the time I decide to remove these attachments, I will have to repaint again. {{{Always, always consider the availability of funds…}}}

Now the dilemma…where should I start?

Should I just paint now and repaint those areas at the right time?

Should I purchase a new bed instead and work from there?

Should I just wait for the bulk of funds to come in?

Hmmm…I decided, I’ll just try to work on the bed. Double bed? Single beds? Tatami? Bunk bed with the lower bed larger than the upper one? When I checked the prices of each of these kinds, I felt bad about it.

I thought, I need to have a practical bed. A bed that is fine with me when I am alone, but is also efficient for my relatives on vacation, as well as useful as a storage. But with that specification, it means it is more expensive than the ordinary type, plus it’s not available in the stores here. Unless if one

I am not trained as a buyer, I am trained as a builder. The same way as I eat; I do not simply go to fastfood restaurants to get my nourishment, I like to cook the food myself.

So just like food, bed should also be made according to how you like it. Unfortunately, while I can create and have lots of ideas, I do not have the carpentry skills. The last time I attempted carpentry with the cabinet doors, I was punished with all the aches and pains for sawing just a thin piece of wood by hand (my father’s power tools were already sold years ago 😦 ).


Hmmm…I think I will just design my bed…purchase the materials…and let somebody else cut the plywood according to my specifications. Then I will assemble the wood, add embellishment if there are any, and paint it myself. Not a bad idea, me-self!!!

So, using a trial subscription for SketchUp, here’s my initial plan:


This is the very first time I used SketchUp. I like it so so much!!! But sadly, it’s only good for 30 days as it is really really expensive.  So I’ll just make sure I can decide on my bed frame within 30 days 😀

About the bed:

  1. It should be wide enough for at least 2 persons. Perhaps, a Thailand-standard double bed, which is actually the size of the mattress I placed on top of the two single beds now. But, a Thailand-standard single bed isn’t bad – 97cm width is actually fine. I think my aunt & uncle will actually fit in that size. The only problem is if there’s a mattress for that size in the market.
  2. It should have a pullout bed for my aunt or anybody who comes for an overnight. Perhaps 60cm in width. I’ll just use the two 30x35cm foams we already have.
  3. Then the rest of the area should be storage…storage…storage…
  4. Lastly, termite-free…no idea what to do yet…

Now, I have a plan! SketchUp, here I come!!!

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Posted by on November 12, 2016 in SketchUp


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