Monday, February 5, 2018

A Studio Arrangement

A minor hiccup in the plumbing system led me to improvise a temporary sleeping platform in the family parlor of this 1812-style piece of architecture. A bed, day or otherwise, was a standard feature in a front or back parlor until the living room was defined in the Twenties. Not everyone appreciates sleeping in the principal room, but a casual working knowledge of the history of Western architecture suggests that the practice has a long and dignified history. The early European settlers of New England slept in a four-poster bed in the main room. In the Middle Ages, such a bed and its hangings was the most valuable household furnishing. The last I heard, an eighty square-foot view apartment in the neighborhood rents for $1100 a month, so every cubic inch of space is worth careful study.

Not too long ago, a customer and a seasoned clerk at The Great Big Hiking Co-op discussed the wisdom of sleeping on the floor using a self-inflating air mattress. They agreed it was a slick strategy indeed. Sleeping on a Western floor is squalid, but can be improved by removing street shoes at the door and by laying down an interior ground cloth of some sort before setting out the sleeping pad. Doing so in a room that does not have much traffic is even better.

A lightly padded hollow-core door set on legally acquired industrial dairy crates that store home improvement projects keeps my back happy. The room holds a small eating table and another against one wall. A foot locker provides working storage, seating, and support for lounging -30-

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