“The rope bridge is connected to the top of the jail cell, built to accommodate evil doers, thieves, and little sisters.”
Designer Steve Kuhl fulfills every boy’s fantasy with this insanely cool pirate ship bedroom. The six-year-old occupant from Minnesota chose between a spaceship, race car, castle, and pirate ship. Most of us would probably agree that he made an excellent decision.
The main feature of the room is the excellent floating pirate ship. Kuhl used 2×12 ribs to construct the boat’s hull, covering them with layers of 1/2 inch plywood to act as the planking. A bomb-proof blend of plaster and epoxy with integrated coloring was used to simulate an old ship’s hull.
But that’s not all. The room is also decked out with a rope bridge that connects the pirate ship to the top of a jail cell, and a rope suspended from the ship’s hull provides drop-in access to the closet. There’s also a completely hidden spiral slide that lets you travel downstairs more adventurously.
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“This is what it looks like when you enter the bedroom. You will notice the side of the hull is peppered with cannon ports. They also serve as peep holes for watching the uncool masses below.”
“Our client wanted us to build a one-of-a-kind bedroom for a one-of-a-kind son. Before landing on this design, we conceived a spaceship, race car, and castle. What self-respecting six-year-old wouldn’t want a pirate ship?”
“The base of the rope bridge is anchored on top of the jail cell. We welded a custom steel door for that real jail feeling. Invite Bubba to complete the effect.”
“As with many things we build, this was a first. Ultimately we derive great satisfaction from overcoming odd design challenges. It’s sort of like that good pain you feel the day after a heavy workout.”
“We constructed the crow’s nest using a ten-inch hand-hewn timber for extra strength. Not seen here is a bed where important friends may get to sleep.”
“Tell your pal to put her coat in the last locker and watch her reaction as she discovers the hidden room. A motion-sensitive switch triggers the light to turn on, revealing an odd yet intriguing orange hole in the wall at waist height.”
“Steve Kuhl tests the slide for accuracy. Also, he is carefully calibrating important features along the way. This procedure needed to be repeated for the better half a day to ensure proper slide operation.”
“Steve is ejected with great speed into the sports court at the bottom of the slide. The slide ran 55 linear feet and was procured from a local community center looking to upgrade.”
“Here, you can see how the slide is built. We housed it so that it is completely hidden, except for the entrance and exit. The adjacent staircase allows the less adventurous to go the old-fashioned way if they prefer.”
“Looking down the rope into the closet below. Workouts climb up the rope a few times each morning for the upper body as you get dressed. You will be inspired by the echoes of your sixth-grade gym coach in your brain.”
“View from closet up through the hull of the ship.”
“Steve Kuhl sits at the helm of the ship. The rope descends into the closet below for quick wardrobe changes.”
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