Project For Storing Things Seldom Used.
Step 1: Finding Storage Room
When expanding our summer apartment's pentry to a small kitchen in this
century old, former hotel building, some electric cables above the ceiling
had to be changed.
From the hole I made in the plasterboard, the old ceiling appeared more than a foot above,
and when the wires were taken care of, I started storing things in between.
Step 2: How to Make Use of It
As we have limited storage areas, I decided to make use of this spare room,
so I made a full scale model of a part of the ceiling and one folding-down lid
to check the details and geometry before tearing down the ceiling.
Step 3: Decisions
The end parts of the ceiling will remain because of installations,
but the middle part can contain up to 10 separate "drawers".
Instead of removing it completely, I think I will just make holes in the boards,
trim the edges along the joists, and make a wooden grid resembling a cassette ceiling.
Step 4: Hinges
I will use bolts as hinges, so to obtain proper alignment,
I have to make a jig for drilling holes in the joists.
Make a simple sketch to decide the position of the pivot bolt,
depending of the dimensions of joists, board and band.
Step 5: "Drawers"
Cut the drywall boards slightly smaller than the holes in the ceiling,
cut and drill the side bars for hinges, (I.E. bolts), screw and paint.
Step 6: Test the Fit
The band along the wall will cover the gap needed for the pivoting movement,
but the remaining sides should have a nice fit.
Step 7: Mount the "drawer"
Use the jig to drill holes for the bolts and mount the lid/drawer to the joists.
If you have more than one, use longer bolts as they share hinges with their neighbours.
Step 8: Latch
I will use push-release latches to keep the undisturbed clean look of the ceiling.
Like those on Amazon :
That will make them almost invisible too, like hidden compartments.
Of course you can use any catch you have at hand, recessed or protruding if you like.
Step 9: Complete the Grid.
With all the "drawers" mounted, put the remaining bands of wood in between
and check the fit again.
Step 10: Complements
Depending on what you want to store, attach hooks, rubber straps, baskets or shelves
to hold your things in place while closing and opening.
Step 11: Close
And then the ceiling is flat again, but with a chest of drawers out of sight,
only you have to use a chair to reach it.
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