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Help me haul this heavy computer up into my attic

I recently moved into a new flat which has a (mostly) finished attic space. I’d love to use this room as a study – but there’s a problem. I have a large and very heavy desktop computer, and the only way into the room is up an extendible ladder... [more inside]
posted by Ted Maul on Sep 8, 2014 - 28 answers

Where do I find a giant fan?

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 - 16 answers

What's the thinnest comfortable mattress out there?

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 - 4 answers

Mid-Height Loft Bed

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 - 7 answers

Buy a condo/loft without joining a HOA in LA or San Francisco?

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 - 17 answers

renting to a group of friends

renting to a group of friends - how to make this attractive to landlords [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 25, 2013 - 7 answers

Loft beds for children under 10

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 - 20 answers

In an apartment, who is responsible for replacing lights and things?

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 - 20 answers

How to cool an area in a loft with no windows?!!

How to cool a small area of a giant loft with no windows? [more inside]
posted by JJkiss on Sep 9, 2012 - 10 answers

Flat too hot, what to do?

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 - 16 answers

Nursery in a loft: are we crazy?

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 - 21 answers

Kitchen Exhaust Fans for Wallless Homes

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 - 7 answers

How to keep your loft bed cool when it's above your window A/C unit?

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 - 20 answers

Is my big plywood box really a $10K project?

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 - 32 answers

Toronto Art Director seeks job in NYC: What are the costs?

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 - 3 answers

How can I brace a loft bed in between two walls?

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 - 22 answers

What do I call this living space?

What type of apartment is this? Studio? Bachelor Suite? Loft? [more inside]
posted by lunaazul on May 23, 2011 - 20 answers

Help me turn a big, dark square into a light, airy crib.

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 - 17 answers

Maximum cloud

Help me find someone to build me a loft in NYC [more inside]
posted by orville sash on Nov 13, 2010 - 5 answers

What is the safest way to cut up an old steel water tank in my loft?

What is the safest way to cut up an old steel water tank in my loft? [more inside]
posted by mccartrey on Sep 11, 2009 - 24 answers

How to quiet my creaking loft bed?

How can I minimize creaking/cracking noises from my new IKEA STORÅ Loft Bed? [more inside]
posted by raygan on Aug 13, 2009 - 10 answers

How do I put screens on loft windows?

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 - 18 answers

Where are some cool places to live in inner-loop Houston?

Where are some cool places to live in inner-loop Houston? [more inside]
posted by junipero on Apr 21, 2009 - 1 answer

Building a wall inside...

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 - 7 answers

Brooklyn loft

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 - 6 answers

Roommate dating

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 - 14 answers

Cat's lonely, can't make it up the ladder

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 - 20 answers

building a loft bed

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 - 18 answers

Help building a tire swing...

Logistics of building an indoor tire swing... [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Aug 24, 2007 - 16 answers

Walls on wheels, please

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 - 10 answers

This IS doable, right??

I have a full size platform bed from Ikea, but I want to make the legs a few feet taller... [more inside]
posted by infinityjinx on Apr 20, 2007 - 11 answers

London Docklands?

What's wrong with East London and the Docklands? [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall on Dec 3, 2006 - 15 answers

Please help me figure out what's causing the creaks in my DIY loft.

Please help me figure out what's causing the creaks in my DIY loft [more inside]
posted by sequential on Nov 30, 2006 - 9 answers

What's the best way to find cool downtown lofts?

What's the best way to find cool downtown lofts? [more inside]
posted by JPigford on Sep 7, 2006 - 10 answers

What if my new loft isn't finished on time?

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 - 14 answers

How do I clean untreated hardwood floors?

How do I clean my untreated hardwood floor? [more inside]
posted by kensanway on Jan 16, 2006 - 11 answers

seattle lofts

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 - 10 answers

Building a stable loft

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 - 27 answers

Unusual Housing in Toronto

HovelFilter
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 - 8 answers

Up on the Roof

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 - 2 answers

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