Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Floor Room

My back enjoys spending the night on a flat, hard surface. A hiker's luxury self-inflating air mattress with memory foam layer makes the experience a pleasant one. Sleeping on the floor in a piece of Western architecture can feel like lying in the bottom of a not especially inspiring bucket, though, even if house rules veto wearing street shoes indoors.

 To simplify housekeeping and make the interior spaces more nimble, I turned one bedroom into a gallery. I suspended framed works from the built-in picture rail and embellished a corner with a classic Victorian scrap screen, four panels covered with, in my case, neighborhood concert posters. The scrap screen brings the visual horizon in the room down to floor level, enriching time spent on the rug. The screen turned out to be the finishing touch in an experimental process that has transformed a conventional bedroom into a combined display area, sleeping space, and home exercise facility. An empty closet lets me stow bedding out of sight during the day. An electric heat mat under the rug melts the kinks out of tired back muscles in no time.

I use a different room to store clothing, but it would be trivial to move my wardrobe back into this space. There's plenty of room for the cedar chest that holds most of the collection. The rest of my things take up about fifteen inches of pole-30-

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