Moving to the basement for the duration of the current hot spell jostled a few furnishings. I found a good site for a sign writing board and realized I could mount the hinged pair of 30x80 hollow core doors on a dozen legally acquired industrial grade dairy crates.
Doing so made a set of featherweight plastic sawhorses redundant. It went immediately to the alley. There’s a cognitive point of no return when contemplating inventory that’s in the way. Twenty dollar’s worth of used gear would generate a couple of hundred dollar’s housekeeping effort and take up a yard of precious central city real estate. Into the alley it went. Scrounging neighbors made short work of the spares. A friend from Queen Anne hill used to disdain this recycling custom, but it's the most carbon-conservative one I know.
I pulled out a retracting tape measure to check the spatial realities of the rearrangement and promptly caught the hook end under a piece of interior siding on the enclosed porch. I do not enjoy this kind of IQ test when I’m in full burn. One conscientious pass with needle-nose pliers convinced me literally to cut my losses (with pruners). Tape to recycling, new tape deployed from the clutter in the tool chest, good to go. Again, the loss of the artifact more than covered by the gain in time and space.
Increasing my gains: all but a few of the dairy crates are full of tools, projects, and storage. They can just as well do double duty holding up the board. For a standing work surface, the crates are configured in four stacks of three each. I can set up the board as a bench or single cot by supporting it with six stacks of two crates and piling on a luxurious self-inflating air mattress with memory foam top from the collection of field gear, much of which does daily duty. Sticky shelf netting secures the arrangements. Setting the boards open, hinge side down, with four stacks of two on the corners and two stacks of two under the hinges transforms them into a double bed.
I’ve spent quite a few minutes over long months visualizing this arrangement, wondering whether the hinged boards might be the ultimate small-space amenity. Now I have a chance to test it. The board/crate combination freed twelve cubic feet of space and potentially displaces a double bed, work table, storage rack, sitting bench, and standing screen. The back of the work surface is covered with a collection of music posters harvested from the wild in the rich graphic environment of the Pike/Pine corridor. Such a scrap screen is a nineteenth-century classic in period for this and many other local interiors.
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