Here's something I get all the time... "You sleep in a box?!"
My box is a multipurpose device. It serves as a quiet, dark, warm sleeping quarters as well as my primary work bench. The table top is 4'x8' 1/2" plywood supported by a solid 2x4 frame. I'm not sure of the exact load the box can support, but previous boxes I've constructed held hundreds of pounds in the form of aquarium full of water. So the work bench can handle whatever I decided I'm working on. Presently, my work bench holds the Dragon Server array.
But why do you sleep in a box?!
When I first moved out on my own, I moved into a one bedroom place with 6 other room mates. We all slept in the living room in various corners. Space was tight, everyone was up at different hours, and we could sleep as many as 12 people in that place.
I am a very, very picky sleeper. The slightest noise wakes me and any light at all bothers me. With so many room mates, and being an all-hours kind of person, sleep came when I had time to do it.
The answer to a lot of questions was solved with the creation of "the box". I created a dark, slightly more quiet sleeping quarters while also creating space for someone to sleep above me. It also gave me an area of privacy as the box does fit two people.
I'm am not in the least bit claustrophobia. In fact, I'm quite the opposite -- I liked small spaces. I cram myself anywhere I can find room. The box is an amassing scene of security. Small and safe.
I've build and slept in 3 boxes for the past 9 years. The 3rd incarnation of my box, naturally, is the best design I've created yet. The door has always been an issue when building the box because that is where most of the light comes in. This door design uses a sliding piece of 1/2" plywood that when closed does an amassing job of eliminating light. It also slides open and closed very easily, which was not the case on my 2nd box.
Isn't sleeping in a box like sleeping in a coffin. Are you some sort of vampire?
Well, it's possible sleeping in a box is like sleeping in a coffin. I've slept in a coffin before (my room mate sleeps in a coffin) and it's kind of the same-- only the coffin is smaller and less ventilated. Does this make me a vampire? I don't think so-- I still walk in daylight and I have no craving to drink blood. I don't sleep in a box or the coffin because I wanted to be a vampire.
Why did I sleep in a coffin? My room mate has one, it was there, and I thought I'd see how comfortable it was. Is my room mate a vampire? No. He's used a coffin for his bed for a long, long time now. It was acquired ('cuz who can turn down getting a coffin for free?) and had to be put to use ('cuz we didn't have enough space for useless items). So, he figured, why not use it as a bed? And a bed it's been for the better part of 6 years.
Don't you want a normal bed?
No. Not really. The mattress in my box is a foam cot with two additional layers of foam padding on it. It's really comfortable actually. Beds are fine and all, but the lighting thing really bothers me being on a normal bed. Even when I tapped off the windows in my room, lights from LEDs on my computer were enough to bother me.
Your sleeping box fits two people?!
There has been some discussion about my sleeping box fitting two people. Yes, two people can sleep in the box together. It's very close and one can't really sleep facing opposite the other. However, if you like to lay side by side, one with their arm around the other (often called spooning, although that term is typically sexual in nature), then the box is quite nice. I'm a sucker for a good cuddle, so if it's not a person I have my arm around, it's a pillow.
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