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« on: September 07, 2007 01:12:03 PM »

This was a slight "My Roommate Isn't Around To Think I'm Weird" kind of craft project. I just wanted to make something to diffuse the light a little so that I can sleep better. Oh, and I wanted a fort. Cheesy





As I am not at home, I didn't have all the necessary craft supplies (fishing line would have been perfect, and wood glue probably would have also been helpful) so it is currently held together by duct tape, which is mostly hidden, and blue yarn, which is not so hidden.

There's a second phase to the project which involves painted wooden stars hanging from the canopy, but I haven't gotten that far yet, and I may not because I think I like it like it is.
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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2007 01:16:57 PM »

i think everyone should have a fort. this is excellent!
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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2007 01:22:06 PM »

That rocks!  I've always wanted to make my bed into a fort too.  Love the colors!
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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2007 01:22:21 PM »

How fun!  I also love your bedding!
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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2007 01:28:05 PM »

Awesome! I was telling my friend how much I want to turn my bed into a fort. After seeing how nice yours is, I might just have to do it too!  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2007 01:58:01 PM »

its look like a dream bed! i loved the colors your bed makes me feel relaxed even from the picture Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2007 04:21:16 PM »

I may just have to do that next year for college Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2007 06:58:46 PM »

Oh! How'd you do that? Details!
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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2007 08:09:53 PM »

That's really cool! Love the color scheme!

I also want to know how!
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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2007 02:22:30 AM »

I love the color scheme and how it creates a personal space. Very beautiful and mystical!
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« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2007 06:38:19 AM »

that's awesome!
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« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2007 02:04:40 PM »

This is quite easily the easiest thing I have ever done.

Basically, all dorm beds have holes in the posts in case you and your roommate want to bunk your beds. All you have to do is go out an buy dowel rods that fit in them. Then I taped another dowel rod to the two in the holes (which is where woodglue or somehting would have been helpful). Then I took the fabric and stretched it across. The dowel rods bend under the weight, so I secured them (think like a suspension bridge) to my desk on one side and my fridge on the other. To keep the fabric from sinking too low, I tied a string to one of the dowel rods and took a sewing needle and put it through the fabric and tied it to the other side.

Basically, I had no plan beyond the dowel rods, so everything afterwards is sort of incidental. I plan on making it prettier when I get fishing line, but for now it's good.
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« Reply #12 on: September 12, 2007 12:40:05 AM »

Wow, I had one almost just like that in MY dorm room!  Mine had a wood frame that was held up by my bed, and the fabric was double sided sticky taped to the walls.  It was made out of indian tapestries.  I've tried to recreate it everywhere I've lived since, but it never feels quite the same. 

I love the blue on yours, its dreamy Wink
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« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2007 08:24:17 PM »

Wow, I like that! Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2007 02:10:13 PM »

You really CAN do anything with duct-tape!
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« Reply #15 on: September 22, 2007 03:19:49 PM »

very nice!

dont worry, my roommate thought i was nuts too :p

i love the brick wall, my dorm was sooooooooooo ugly... puke colored standard issue school cinder block walls  Shocked gross!    Cry
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« Reply #16 on: October 05, 2007 12:55:58 AM »

love the idea and the colors! very tranquil and underwatery lol i would not suggest gluing dowels into anything though, since they may charge you for some sorta "damage" if it can't be taken out/down
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« Reply #17 on: October 10, 2007 01:12:31 PM »

Yeah for forts!
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« Reply #18 on: October 18, 2007 02:20:39 PM »

I love this!
From the fort idea to the colours. Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: October 18, 2007 11:03:50 PM »

This is so romantic looking. I love it!
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« Reply #20 on: October 19, 2007 12:45:21 PM »

Awesome. I did a similar thing in my dorm room in college too, using spare bunk bed parts for the frame. My roommate didn't find it weird, because she had a fort too ? she made a smaller version in the raised space beneath my bed! We had two caves and it was great.
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« Reply #21 on: October 20, 2007 09:32:52 PM »

WOW! bookmarking this - it's like my dream college dorm room, so now I have cool ideas for when I go off to wherever next year ... I love how it creates/defines a space for you to be in Smiley
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