Look! Best Tech in Small Cool 2008

Look! Best Tech in Small Cool 2008

Sonia Zjawinski
May 2, 2008
If you haven't checked out the pads in Apartment Therapy's Small Cool 2008 contest we strongly urge you to. Hot damn there are some good ideas and some are on the tech front. We'll be posting some of the best tech set-ups found in the contest here. Today we start with New York's finalists Hilary and Tony in Brooklyn, NY.

The office you see above is actually beneath Hilary and Tony's loft bed they built (see below). The loft acts as bedroom, office, media center, and closet. "The entire loft is made out of birch plywood (13-ply per 3/4"). We tried to keep a module based on a standard 8X4 sheet to reduce waste and make the entire loft as economical as possible."

The exterior of of one side of the loft holds Hilary and Tony's LCD TV, with a Yamaha YSP 800 simulated surround sound speaker directly beneath it. "Both of these items really helped us streamline our space -- they replaced a standard television and speakers that took up way too much room when we first moved in." The rest of their equipment -- a turntable, DVD player, VCR, Tony's Playstation 2, cable box, and cable modem -- is directly to the right of the TV. All audio is wired through the Yamaha.

Electricity and cable come through a hidden groove in the bed platform that's flush against the wall outlet. The wires from the TV/speaker go through the wood and are hidden under the desk on the reverse. "We had grommet holes drilled in key places so all of our wires could be run easily. We also incorporated some simple LED lights on the underside of the bed platform and ran those wires underneath the mattress through holes we needed to make to let the memory foam mattress breath."

"All the large cubbies were based on something we already owned and needed to store, but we included adjustable shelving in the larger ones so they could be adapted to our needs as they change over time. The cubbie directly over the TV was originally supposed to house a projector with the thought that we would project movies on to the wall between our windows & could watch from bed . . . but we got the TV and now use the space for our movie collection.

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