Rustic Modern Kitchen

This kitchen project was done in collaboration with John Brigham and his crew. Built from reclaimed American wormy chestnut (barn wood).

One of Steve Bewley’s baskets from wine barrel bands (above). See Steve’s work at
Corner drawersZinc-clad breakfast bar Wine refrigerator and backlit wine bottle rack. 
Wine glass drawers.
Photo credit: Joel Wilson

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Put Your Hanging Bed Hang-ups to Rest.

Hanging beds are “dreamy”, but for most people that’s as far as it goes. I read about it all the time on forums and blogs. People are in love with the idea of a bed suspended by ropes, but practically speaking, very few want their bed to sway, and even fewer want a hole in the wall when the kids turn the hanging bed into a swinging bed. So the question is, “How do I get the look of the hanging bed with the stability of a conventional bed?”.

The simple solution is this: When you install your hanging bed (this should be done by a licensed contractor), hang it up against the wall at the head of the bed. Then, secure it to the wall framing with heavy-duty “L” brackets underneath the bed frame.  It’s really that easy! Depending upon your bed and installation, there may still be a little bit of give when you sit on the foot of the bed (from the stretch of the ropes), but the sway factor will be completely eliminated.

So put your fears to rest. Go ahead and get your dreamy hanging bed!

To see some of the hanging beds I have built, click below:


Trash Talk: hands free waste bin rollout.

This is a hands free trash roll out I just built into a kitchen. Click here to see it in action!  Youtube video
The video shows a light bump with my hand to engage the servo drive motor, but this could be done with your knee or foot (making it “hands free”). The roll out holds two 50 qt. waste baskets, and is driven by two servo-drive motors (Blum brand). The stainless steel drawer profiles are also from Blum (Tandembox Intivo). Video by Joel Wilson.