I live in an open, large, loft-like apartment that gets face-meltingly hot in the New England summer. Easily near 100F in the afternoon. AC is impractical for such a big space. I've tried box fans, but I haven't found one that moves enough air to make a difference and even those were as loud as airplanes. An even faster fan sounds like a bad idea, but a much bigger and slower fan might just do the trick. Something like these
, but preferably something that doesn't need to be permanently installed? Where does one find an enormous fan?
posted by the jam
on May 20, 2014 -
I want to put a mattress up in my loft, which has low ceilings, and I'd like it to be as low as possible while still providing support. Would a mattress topper from Tempurpedic be too thin? There's carpet in the loft for some slight cushioning. I usually sleep on my side and like a medium-firmness bed--I usually like pillow top mattresses. Does anyone have any suggestions? As a bonus question, how do people usually get mattresses up in lofts, if the only way up is a ladder?
posted by three_red_balloons
on May 8, 2014 -
I am looking for a loft bed for my daughter. Most on the market seem to be quite high off the ground; I am looking for one with about 42 inches of clearance below. Something like this: http://www.sleeplandbeds.co.uk/hyder-midloft-mid-sleeper-bunk
But sold in the USA. Room and Board has their 'Bower Bed,' which is almost right but not quite high enough (and is one piece of solid steel so getting it in the apartment is a problem).
Curious if anyone knows of any products or hacks to existing products?
posted by dearleader
on Apr 21, 2014 -
Is such a thing even possible? I have always rented apartments and am now looking into purchasing a loft, preferably, in either San Francisco or Los Angeles. I really have no interest in then paying for "rent" to some HOA at around $400/month. Is there a reasonable way to not do so, or does it entail looking for solo owned places which are probably really expensive?
I'm hoping to keep it around 500k total.
Thanks in advance for any advice.
posted by madglee
on Mar 11, 2014 -
My daughters want loft beds for their room. However I'm a bit concerned about their ability to get down in the middle of the night, particularly the 5 year old, who is a bit short. I've looked into a DIY solution but I really don't have the time. Custom furniture is a bit out of the budget under $600. The Ikea models seem a bit wobbly and too tall.. Does anyone have any suggestions for ones that are lower height or preferably adjustable as the kids get taller?
posted by humanfont
on May 4, 2013 -
I lease my apartment, who is responsible for changing lights on my appliances? Also I have impossibly >12' high ceilings where several built in lights have gone out, do landlords usually change these? [more inside]
posted by geoff.
on Dec 4, 2012 -
I rented an apartment in Bonn on very short notice, and it turned out to be a loft. When he weather was cold it was ok, but once it got to 85 degrees it became unliveable.
Of course there is no ac, so me and my pregnant wife went to a hotel till it cools off.
Is there anything we can do regarding the rent? Do you think it's reasonable for someone to rent out a loft without mentioning that it is one? If I can't sleep in the apartment and he offers no solution but a fan, is this ok somehow?
I was referred to this guy through the institute we are visiting, so maybe the secretaries can make him pay if I have a case.
posted by Mai2k3
on Jul 27, 2012 -
Would you set up a nursery in a mostly enclosed loft area? Wife and I love a potential new apartment, but a steep staircase is making us a bit worried. [more inside]
posted by BobbyVan
on Jul 10, 2012 -
I've been advised to get a 900cfm range hood for my loftlike kitchen/living area, but I really want a ceiling-mounted exhaust fan instead. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by hyperfascinated
on Jun 19, 2012 -
It's the classic New York summer conundrum. How do I keep my loft bed cool when it lies ABOVE my window unit air conditioner? [more inside]
posted by manzanita
on May 29, 2012 -
How much should this cost? I am moving into a new loft and decided that I wanted to carve out a sleeping and storage area in a container of sorts. So I managed to talk an architect into designing something awesome for me.
It can be seen here
. We've been very challenged in finding a carpenter that can build it within the budget I have. In fact, quotes are coming in 2 or 3 times what I was planning to spend. [more inside]
posted by ursonate
on Apr 13, 2012 -
How hard will it be for me to find work in New York City in an Art Direction role with a boutique design firm or major news-media organization?
(Looking for a fresh 2012 / Canadian to NYC / Design approach, if possible) [more inside]
posted by mistertoronto
on Mar 21, 2012 -
How can I brace a loft bed in between two walls to stop it moving back and forth during vigorous nocturnal activity? [more inside]
posted by mandrake
on Oct 11, 2011 -
I am moving into a large windowless room in the middle of a nice industrial loft apartment. I need help figuring out how to make it an airy, light, pleasant place to be. I would love to hear suggestions for aesthetic solutions to make it feel light and airy, as well as what you would do to the walls of this space construction-wise (windows? vents?). [more inside]
posted by jennyjenny
on Nov 22, 2010 -
How can I minimize creaking/cracking noises from my new IKEA STORÅ Loft Bed? [more inside]
posted by raygan
on Aug 13, 2009 -
I just moved into an amazing raw industrial loft in Downtown Los Angeles. It has rotating warehouse style windows with no screens, and I'm being eaten alive by bugs. Any ideas about how to put screens on these windows or any not-too-costly alternate solutions? (Here's a picture
.) I did a Google search, but can't find the formal name for this type of window, so I'm coming up empty.
posted by ljshapiro
on Jul 31, 2009 -
Victorian house construction/DIY: building a wall in a shared loft (attic). 'What's this thing?' and 'Am I doing it right?' [more inside]
posted by boosh
on Jan 1, 2009 -
Where can I find raw space lofts (residential) in Brooklyn, New York? And what kind of price range would we be talking about? [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc
on Sep 14, 2008 -
I'm dating a roommate, but we need an excuse to go into her bedroom after a date. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 9, 2008 -
I live in a two story loft-ish apartment, and the cat wants to sleep with me upstairs, but only a wood ladder is available. How can I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat
on Oct 24, 2007 -
I'm finally doing something to make my bedroom liveable (and, hopefully, bring some sanity to my scattered life!): lofting my bed! Keeping guitars and bikes underneath! Cheap, affordable, and I can build it myself! One problem: I've got no carpentry experience... [more inside]
posted by entropone
on Oct 18, 2007 -
Where can I find big partitions/doors/walls that I've seen used in lofts? I'm looking for those with heavy-duty wheels (?) that run along tracks. I want to be able to partition my messy office from the living area, but have the flexibility to roll the wall/door out of the way.
posted by Smalltown Girl
on Jul 4, 2007 -
I'm about to sign a lease for a new loft that's currently under construction. They have set a move in date for the new place: August 1st. My current end-of-lease and move-out date is July 31st - what if the new place isn't finished? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj
on Apr 4, 2006 -
So I'm moving to Seattle, what are the best spots to live nearest to Seattle University? Thanks. The more condo loft like the better thanks thanks.
posted by The Jesse Helms
on Sep 7, 2005 -
Engineers, architects, contractors, and woodworkers -- I need your help to prevent my untimely death in some terrible lofted-bed incident. [more inside]
posted by fishfucker
on Mar 22, 2005 -
I was thinking about buying a place to hang my hat, but I'm not sure what's right for me (Let's all go inside, shall we?) [more inside]
posted by Capn
on Jul 7, 2004 -
After getting excited about the Loftcube
, I wondered... How would you go about renting or buying roofspace in the city? Is it an endrun around ridiculous apartment prices, or more trouble than it's worth? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky
on Apr 11, 2004 -