The Floating Wall

Glade Cottage has a floating wall.

At one time the floating wall was navy blue.
At one time the floating wall was navy blue.

Once upon a time we had a boarder living in the Cottage whose day job was creating displays for Crate and Barrel.

The wall behind the bed is moveable and can be repositioned.
The wall behind the bed is moveable and can be repositioned.

Instead of using the room as one big open space she had her boyfriend build a floating wall.  The purpose appeared to be twofold: 1.) hide the washer/dryer and create a closet area at the back of the Cottage near the bathroom and 2.) create a wall against which to put her bed.

The bed is on the floating wall.
The bed is on the floating wall.

The beauty of this wall is that it can be used is a variety of configurations to transform the space.

The back of the floating wall is unfinished.
The back of the floating wall is unfinished.

When I showed my friend (who might be living in The Cottage) this floating wall she said she might move it forward in the room to create a private area for her bedroom.

The brown wood is the headboard/footboard to my king sized bed which needs refinishing.
The brown wood is the headboard/footboard to my king sized bed which needs refinishing.

After removing my bedframe and other clutter from behind the wall we noticed it is only finished on one side.

Some of this wallboard was used to back the floating wall.
Some of this wallboard was used to back the floating wall.

Since I had 3 full sheets of wallboard left over from the house renovation I suggested we drywall the other side as well so the space that is to be a bedroom would have finished walls.

The floating wall was shimmed with 2" by 4" scraps, then dry-walled.
The floating wall was shimmed with 2″ by 4″ scraps, then dry-walled.

My friend, with very little help from us, attached the drywall so the floating wall would be finished on both sides.

The wall is out of position until the ceiling is painted.
The wall is out of position until the ceiling is painted.

Then the wall was painted Templeton Grey by Benjamin Moore which is also the color of the Cottage bathroom.

The original idea was to place the wall forward and put the bed behind the wall.
The original idea was to place the wall forward and put the bed behind the wall.

She and I tried to move the wall forward to place it between the front door and the wall-mounted propane heater.

This permanent ladder leads to the cottage attic and tucks up near the ceiling.
This permanent ladder leads to the cottage attic and tucks up near the ceiling.

Unfortunately the stairs to the attic even when in storage position would not allow the wall to move into place without notching the top.

The new plan makes better use of the space.
The new plan makes better use of the space.

Instead my friend decided it might be better to leave the wall in place and to put her washer/dryer, closet and other storage items behind the wall.

The twin bed is positioned between the front door and the floating wall.
The twin bed is positioned between the front door and the floating wall.

The bed will be against the wall facing the front door.  As the set-up progresses I’ll post the layout.

Do you rearrange your furniture from time to time?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

4 thoughts on “The Floating Wall”

  1. What a shame that the wall can’t be moved forward. Putting up the drywall and painting the back makes a huge improvement to the back of the wall. If she’s going to use the twin bed, maybe it can be turned sideways to the floating wall and some kind of divider put up between it and the door – preferably on wheels so it can be easily moved? Sounds like things are coming along.

    1. The wall could be moved forward but would need to be trimmed. Ultimately I think the layout is better with the wall moved back. There could be a screen, curtain, or hanging shade to block the view of the bed and make an entry. I think a daybed-style bed might be in the plan. Jo

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