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Pimp My Room Answered

Here's the deal:

I'm moving.

I have no furniture.

I have a lot of stuff to store.

I have no room.

I want my new room to be an awesome sanctuary for rest and creativity.

Help!

I need your ideas to make my room the most efficient, effective, awesome place it can be, trick it out with lighting, stereo and unusual effects.

Ideas?

UPDATE

Here's some stuff that's begun to inspire me, if it helps you get a better idea of what I have in mind.

LIGHTING:

Under-bed Lighting

Sun Jar

ambient light system

and I want to hang a bunch of these from globes or something:
Jar of Fireflies

ART, ETC.

Vinyl Wall Art

[https://www.instructables.com/id/Audio-Visual-Art....FOTC-Style/ Audio-Visual Art]

Poster Magnet Board

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scoochmaroo (author)2008-10-23

I like this idea too:
Wall Decor

Apartmenttherapy.com seems to have some good inspiration!

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11010010110 (author)2008-10-21

sleep on floor mat / hammock and not bed use uneven lighting in the room (light 1 - 2 spots and leave the rest of the room dark) use led mesh as light source

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scoochmaroo (author)110100101102008-10-21

Hmm. I suppose this is a good time to add that I'm 32 and my body is a little less forgiving about sleeping on the floor. I do enjoy whatever luxuries I can afford. I love both my bed and being able to see. That said, I'm intrigued by led mesh as a light source. I'm also considering running el wire under my bed to make nighttime navigation easier.

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Goodhart (author)scoochmaroo2008-10-21

Yes, I suppose my suggestion of a Loft bed, although it would give you "extra closet space", and could be made comfortable, wouldn't be much better. I do realized that I personally wouldn't want to have to climb a ladder into bed each night (being nearly 50). I am not sure how you feel about it though. . .

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scoochmaroo (author)Goodhart2008-10-21

Ha! no. But I will be building some sort of bed "riser" with drawers and/or cubbies. Not sure what it will look like just yet, but cost is of the essence. Sometimes it can cost more to build your own stuff than to hack something pre-made!

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Thinking something like the Malm bed range in IKEA (I think it's Malm, I have one) combined with scissor hinges and a linear actuator - make a rising bed, desk underneath that swings up to one side to lie flat when the bed is a bed again.

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Uh. . . Pictures? I generally hate to publish my ignorance for the whole world to see, but I'd have to wiki "linear actuator" to get any idea of what that might look like. I do like "actuate" as a general buzzword though.

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Goodhart (author)scoochmaroo2008-10-21

Sometimes it can cost more to build your own stuff than to hack something pre-made!

Definitely !

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11010010110 (author)scoochmaroo2008-10-21

i think hammock is ok and its at least as good as bed you can use quite bright lights like fluorescents. the key is that the light is not spread evenly in the room for example if you put a crdboard box (with open top and bottom) on a cfl hanging from the ceiling it makes bright spot directly below and less light in the other places of the room

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Goodhart (author)110100101102008-10-21

Although my initial reason for posting this forum topic here was to point out that Instructables was mentioned in a major Engineering Design magazine, the article referenced speaks of the problems of the early death of CFL's hung upside down.

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11010010110 (author)Goodhart2008-10-21

i dont think there is a problem with installing them base up as long as the box is open in the top too (i use some 11 and 15 W exactly like this and the plastic base is allmost cool when you touch it)

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I'm planning on attacking my plain white desk top with a few sharpies - if it works then I'll go from there, using a few old posters and prints aswell in an upcoming 'ible.

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NachoMahma (author)2008-10-21
. peg board* makes for very flexible wall storage. It comes in different colors or you can buy plain wood and paint to suit.
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. Concrete building blocks ( cinder blocks ) and .5-1" boards provide flexible shelving. Paint the blocks with sealer (clear or opaque) to prevent dusting/chalking/snagging.

  • Not a recommendation, just an example.

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caitlinsdad (author)2008-10-20

How big is the new room?
Can you add anything to the walls or ceilings like put in screws or lag bolts?
Are you allowed to paint or wallpaper?
Are you moving to another room or a studio apartment?
Any windows or views or architectural details like a fireplace or vaulted ceiling that you want to accent?
etc., etc.

You can do it, we can help...any pictures of the new room and what ideas do you have so far or need like color or theme? I think we need a direction to go in.

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scoochmaroo (author)caitlinsdad2008-10-20

Excellent questions. I'm moving from a basement with lots of room (and absolutely no hint of organization) into a 12'x13' room in a house with two other folks who have been there for a while. There is one window that actually used to be a side door. It has iron bars over it but isn't entirely undecorative. I don't know how high the ceilings are yet. I think this measurement could help in coming up with clever (wall-mounted?) storage solutions. I'm not a huge fan of the wallpaper process. I think I can paint, but I also like kj's suggestion of using lights instead of (or addition to) paint. I will def try and get some pictures taken and posted. I believe there is carpet that has to stay. I have a queen bed and a double bed. I'll sell one of them. I'll need a bedframe. This also provides an opportunity for storage, no? I'm a big fan of minimalism. Not a practical choice for me, considering how much stuff I seem to have. Which brings up a good question: How does a pack rat become a minimalist?

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NachoMahma (author)scoochmaroo2008-10-20

> How does a pack rat become a minimalist? . It helps me if I adopt stuff out. Eg, I had 7-8 old computers and misc parts laying around that I gave to a friend's computer nerd brother-in-law. I have visitation rights.

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Lithium Rain (author)NachoMahma2008-10-20

I dearly love old computers and misc parts. I have so many of those, it's not even funny.

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scoochmaroo (author)Lithium Rain2008-10-21

Yes, I had a feeling this community would understand. For me it's crafty bits - things I picked up to go into a project I would get around to "someday. . . " I know there are some great places I can donate them so they go to underpriveledged schools and such, but some stuff is so hard to part with!

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NachoMahma (author)scoochmaroo2008-10-21

. I was close to 50 before I was able to admit to myself that, for a lot of those projects. someday never comes.
. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwNuQulK6N0

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Goodhart (author)scoochmaroo2008-10-20

How does a pack rat become a minimalist?

Hey, if you figure that one out, let me know so I can pass it on to my wife LOL

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Goodhart (author)2008-10-20

For a storage saver, clothes and bed area combined is always one way to go....Here is a LOFT bed.

Or one like this one Loft bed slide show.

Just as a few alternatives.

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killerjackalope (author)2008-10-20

Colours, lights are easier to change than paint, considering you want it to be relaxed muted tones aren't a bad idea, to change it coloured lights make a big impact, I made an 'ible about it, blues will give you a cool light that is nice, reds are warm and give your room a gentler feel that'll be nice, it's also an agressive colour too which can make blue a better choice for some, beyond those main two yellows can be used in good effect but make poor reading lights, as do oranges. There are many more shades - green as another can be relaxed but the wrong shade will have a sickly colour to it. Tricked out makes me think built in stuff, DIY hidden appliances, no wires visible (not hard, thin blunt object and skirting board or under carpet, unusual effects, here's a nice one I've employed many times - Hidden speakers, under the bed, pointed upwards behind a something, reflecting the sound off of things, it's a really cool effect and can be quite impacting. Efficiency suggests to me LEDs - fit in well with the colour changing, custom lampshades with a sunlight CFL inside will provide an excellent glow for reading, working and drawing, plus it's apparently very good for you. A jacobs ladder would be cool but if you were creative and handy and old chemistry vacuum jar that's tubular and the innards of a plasma globe plus the right stuff (think it's just a vacuum) could make something amazing. Get a nice clock, a really cool clock is always good. Objects with character always add awesomeness, look for interesting bits of junk or tables on their way out, or chairs, you know stuff that looks interesting, I used to keep some interesting bits of machinery around my room just to look at, it's nice. As a way to make yourself some really out of the ordinary lighting look at pre-existing fixtures first, then think about how to make them more interesting - scrap all of that and start over for maximum effect.

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Awesome suggestions.

I'll be using the room as an office/all-purpose-utility-craft room too, so it would be great to have the flexibility to change the mood to suit the purpose! The power of light is definitely on my mind. Esp since I'm moving from a light-less basement.

The idea of built-in / hidden stuff totally gets me excited. So keep those thoughts coming. And hidden lighting would be cool too. I need to really consider how to make a work space bright enough to be functional, and a sleep space that can be calming.

I've always admired spaces with just a few unusual, striking details. Esp. if they're functional too. I'll def be considering fungus amungus' munny speakers though something even larger would be cool. And more affordable ;)

This is great!

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Ohoh, We had a mad plan the other day about making the shelf under the bay window in to a monster speaker system which thanks to the curve would hit the middle of the room as a focal point for seven speakers, however that's just a crazy idea... I'm thinking about modding my little hifi speakers in to a nice long wall unit that has all the speakers in a long line with the unit sitting on top, unless I figure out a way of completely rebuilding the thing in to a single unit...

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I'm envisioning a single chair in the center of the room with nothing around it. . .

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Some loud concertos, classical music, sunglasses and martini... just slide backwards across the room... On that note glass is a very good way to make pretty stuff, like glasses and bottles, sometimes they just so happen to look amazing when lit below, also crushed glass between two big sheets of acrylic in a box with lights behind it would look amazing (yep I'm building more lamps...)

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Kiteman (author)2008-10-20
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scoochmaroo (author)Kiteman2008-10-20

Yeah, I was checking out some IKEA hacks too. Thanks

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