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May 01, 2013, 01:48 PM
I have recently moved back in with my parents, which i actually don't mind, financially it's a load off, however the room i got is the slanted ceiling room. the straight part of the wall only goes up 31 inches and the room is 12 ft long. In this room i have to fit my two year old and his stuff, my stuff and, my work/school area. I have a e-shop where i sell childrens bedding, i need help figuring out the most efficient way to place my furniture and creative way to create storage, my room is a mess right now and i am not sure how to improve it. HELP!
May 01, 2013, 03:18 PM
offload as much stuff as you can, is about I've got. put sales stock and unused stuff in a storage locker, keep inventory on the laptop with backup to a flash drive, and ship from the storage locker... put the boxes, tape, etc. in there. print your labels, take 'em over, pack the stuff, and drop it at the shipper on the way home.

the rest just goes where it will fit, I guess.

sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
May 02, 2013, 02:15 PM
I'd start with a piece of graph paper and scale cutouts of your furniture.

You say the room is 12 feet long, how wide is it? How far from the wall do you need to go to get usable headroom? At 31" for the low part of the wall you don't even have room to put the headboard of your bed against this wall, the foot board would be ok though. Unless the mattress and boxspring were sitting inches off the floor you'd bang your head sitting up in bed at 31".

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May 03, 2013, 09:48 PM
Would it be possible to build shelves, drawers, or cabinets into the 31" wall?
May 05, 2013, 02:57 PM
Hi SturdyNail,

Yes it is possible to build shelves, drawers, or cabinets into the 37" wall, however, there are several issues that will need to be considered to do it properly.

First whatever you build into the knee wall in the 31" height will need to be a box which has all sides that extending into the attic space insulated to the same degree as that of the attic space. This is to prevent the heat of summer or the cool of winter and the changing humidity from infiltrating the living space in your room. The built-in box also needs to have all surfaces of box exposed to the attic encased in 6 mil vapour barrier and then the required insulation added.

Second the height of the box that houses the shelves, drawers, or cabinets may need to be adjusted so as to not interfere with the sloping roof rafters which will be lower as the depth of the built-in box increases. It is also necessary that you always allow for the back and top sides of the boxes to be insulated to the needed depth of insulation in your area while at the same time leaving at least 2" airspace above them for proper air flow below the roof sheathing for proper air circulation and ventilation.

Third it may require that some of the knee wall studs be removed but added support members be added with headers to bear the load to provide a larger opening for the future built-in box which houses the shelves, drawers or cabinets. This additional framing must also be to code to prevent future issues.

This will means that the boxes for the shelves, drawers, and cabinets needed to be carefully designed with all the above elements in mind when the design is being considered. It may best to seek out a reputable contractor to oversee and offer suggestions if you wish to DIY this type of project Project, unless you have a good knowledge of the codes that you must meet.

Good Luck!