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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:

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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…

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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:

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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:

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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?):

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

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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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An Awesome Book

As one grows older, one simply just forget to dream impossible stuffs. All that’s in your mind are things necessary to put food on the table. Dreaming weird stuffs are just so impractical and a waste of time, when you should be earning money to acquire things. When this happens to me…I pick this book and remind myself to dream strange stuffs, to imagine the impossible…then I am back to being a normal human being again….

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Age of Not Believing (Part II)

Not really sure if this piece must be placed in this blogsite or the other, but this seems to fit what was felt by me yesterday. This whole texts seem to answer the issues that kept bugging my mind lately and  it answered the article I wrote yesterday. Found in my inbox through my subscription of Daily Om, the whole article has indeed pushed me to return and to reclaim the creativity I have lost years ago as I was forced to enter by circumstances to the age of not believing. Perhaps, through my two-dimensional reality, I can fully grasp the lost opportunities and experience finally the life I have always wanted live since childhood…

Returning to Creative Dreams
Return and Reclaim

by Madisyn Taylor
Take the time to reclaim your creativity and watch your life blossom as a result.

As children, many of us entertained fantasies or even goals of being an actor, singer, dancer, artist, or musician. In some cases, we received enough encouragement to develop our abilities in those creative arenas, but somewhere along the way we stopped. This stopping may have been due to circumstances beyond our control or to our own unconscious acts of self-sabotage. Being creative can be scary in a world that seems to value logic over imagination and practicality over dreaming. We can forgive ourselves for shutting down or turning our attention away from our inner artist, but perhaps we can also take steps to reclaim our dreams.

In certain times and places, developing a creative ability was considered an important part of being a well-rounded human being. It was not necessary to be a professional or a masterly genius, because the act of creativity was valued in and of itself. It gifts are manifold—from the sheer pleasure of allowing our imaginations free reign to sharing and enjoying the fruits of our labor. Children share drawings and songs freely, without self-consciousness, and there is no reason why we cannot do the same thing. You may already be remembering some lost form of expression, such as making jewelry or writing songs. Your soul may be responding with an energetic lift as it feels its way back to a time when it was allowed to express itself freely. Your brain, on the other hand, may be throwing up obstacles, like the idea that you are too old or do not have the time.

The truth is, you are not too old, and if you have time to pick up a pen, you have time to make a doodle or write a haiku. Recognize that the obstacles you find before you have arisen from a place of fear and that they will wane in power every time you do something creative. Each creative act takes you deeper into a realm of beauty and magic, a realm that you have every right to return to and reclaim.

 

And I say, AMEN!

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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