Finally! It’s (structurally) done!
This is most likely something you have never seen before, but… We recently had our 4th child, a little girl named Anna. So I need to clear my office out of the one bedroom that will soon be hers (yes, a bit late). Needing somewhere to setup, I decided on the living room. I really like being around the family in the evening/weekend when I am working on various projects.
So my boys and I undertook making an office in the corner of the living room. Not a “normal” office, but a “floating” office. In this way, we achieve several benefits:
- The kids will play under the platform.
- They love it
- I will work on top of it.
- I get a good perspective of the house.
- Gained square footage
- A “cool” factor for the kids.
- The living room still feels “open”
This platform was made by creating a doubled 2″x6″ box about 6’x6′. It was built one board at a time, each glued and screwed together. It is attached directly to the studs with (16) 3/8 x 4 hex lag screws, and (12) tapcons into the fireplace.
The single floor support consists of an 80 pound steel beam (3×5″ tube), wrapped in an anti-fatigue mat (head bang protection). This was chosen for its low profile and stiffness, providing the kids with more headroom.
The flooring is made of jointed 2×10 boards, all glued and screwed down.
The platform was encased in additional 2×10 boards, creating a rim both for apperance and to prevent things from rolling off the platform.
The single leg is a length of galvanized steel pipe threaded into a custom-made maple leg.
Hardwood laminate (pergo) was laid down on top of the 2×10 flooring.
The desk top is a custom mounted “Bullet Table” provided by Ellis Office Supply.
Perhaps a bit strange? Sure. Functional? Completely. Fun? Totally...
Now, what kind of computer deserves to be placed on that nice platform? I’d love to hear comments on this one.