The storage area is done! Yes! Well, it’s mostly done. I still have to make a curtain to hide the mess, but I’m going to call it done anyway since the space is functional even without a curtain. Not shown is the homemade cargo net that will keep everything from falling out.
Yup, even my cargo net had to be custom made. I couldn’t find an off-the-shelf net of the right dimensions, so I simply bought a pair of $3 cargo nets from Harbor Freight, took them apart, and re-knotted them into something that better suited my needs.
I thought I was so damn smart.
Do you see the problem? Of course you do. I didn’t see it until I was halfway finished, and then I had to unknot everything and start over. Sigh. Every day is a school day.
Actually, in recent weeks, every day has been a work day. Design work has been pouring in, and I’ve been clicking away at my computer every chance that I get, which explains why I’ve been MIA lately. Not that I’m complaining—the project I’m working on is pretty darn fun, and definitely very cool (wish I could tell you about it but it’s top secret)—but evidently being gainfully employed does make for a rather boring blog.
Let’s see, what can I tell you about this storage area, besides the fact that it feels great to have finally finished it? For starters, the arch at the top with the crazy cutouts was much easier to make than I thought it would be. I worried for quite some time about how I would accomplish getting the shape right, and it turns out that I needn’t have worried, as it didn’t take long at all. Although that’s probably because I’m a designer and used Adobe Illustrator to get it done. Here are some pictures of how I did it:
On the back side of the arch is a hidden track for curtains. I used flexible plastic curtain track from curtain-tracks.com.
Attaching the arching piece of wood to the plywood on the sides was a slight challenge since I was by myself. Being an ex-dancer I tried holding it up with my foot. And then I was like … great, now I’m stuck here holding a piece of wood up with my foot, now what? I ended up using VHB tape to hold the arching piece in place while I attached L-brackets to the back. I highly recommend that method if you’re short on hands or friends.
So that’s all I’ve got for you for now. Up next: blackout shades!