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Old 01-06-2019, 05:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I for a while now have been wanting to quote on quote, "re-design" this entire wall of my room because i mean, well isn't it self explainable? its not, wow look at that art and science! its more like "holy blahblahblahblah thats a mess"

Even with everything all cleaned up (this is how it normally looks, messy, little storage space) it all looks.... I don't know how to explain it well, but it all looks unappealing. Its just "That" side of the room...?

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I'm really not a good "furniture" designer, however i am willing to Build, which is what i really plan on doing. Making some sort of, something, to make this all nice and minimalist.

I have a college budget, so imagine that, but what can i do design wise to this side of the room?
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It looks like what you need is a nice simple cabinet with doors to organize and hide all the extra stuff you have sitting around. Being willing to build is good because you have some oddly shaped things and you can make it whatever dimensions you need. Hiding all the things in front of the tanks will make the tanks the focus of that wall.
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Gweneth, welcome to APC. I agree with you about the cabinet. It might be possible to put steel industrial shelving along the wall, then make a front for it, with whatever doors you want. That would be just Rube Goldbergist enough to fit in well!
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After reading the posts in that other forum, I recalled a kitchen project I did many years ago. I built two long kitchen cabinets to just fit in my kitchen. I build them in the basement. When I was ready to install them I finally started thinking about how I could get them up to the kitchen. I ended up moving one out onto the sidewalk in front, then waiting for someone strong enough to be helpful to walk by, and persuaded him to help me carry them up the front stairs to the kitchen. It worked out fine, but I probably lost 10 pounds by sweating out the wait for a "helper".

Since then I have always built cabinets in much smaller units, which I could handle alone. For what you need you could use relatively cheap 3/4 inch thick plywood to build cabinet "boxes", open in front for doors or drawers. That is a much easier project and it lends itself to spreading out the work over several weeks. Even cheaper is building the smaller cabinets as 2x4 frames and using plywood only for the top and front. When you attach them together, side by side, as you install them, you end up with a well braced carcass, able to hold anything, and spreading the weight over the entire length of the string of cabinets.
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A couple of skylights and live houseplants would be nice!
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