storage area under loft bed in studio apartment
Photo: D.P. Simmons III
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No Monsters Under Here

The impetus for the loft bedroom, however, was practical rather than aesthetic: Frustrated by years of shimmying under my bed with flashlight in mouth to retrieve stored items, I designed the structure to maximize otherwise wasted storage potential. It turned out to be a daunting task, since I built the main platform with attached legs upside down, in situ, and then had to single-handedly flip it into position. But after more than a week of working by day and sleeping on my sofa bed by night, I was rewarded with a nearly 140-cubic-foot storeroom.
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