There isn’t much to say about the last part that was in my original planning, but let’s cover it anyway – for completion’s sake. Let’s talk about the leftmost raised platform, and the magical secrets within…
To recap, the room is very poorly built. Everything’s all crooked and wonky. And there’s this mystery thing coming out of the floor that nobody wants to touch for fear of Bad Things™ happening:
Add to that the central heating pipes, and that corner was always going to be hard to use. So I figured that I could just build a raised platform that extends over both the central heating pipes as well as the mystery thing. That way I’d have a flat surface again. And flat surfaces are more useful than this mess.
This platform is much the same as the raised platform I built for the corner I refer to as my “storage box”. It’s designed to fit snugly into the corner. The result was pretty cool:
There were three challenges here, but they were fairly easily overcome. The first was how to support it. Clearly the front cover piece functions as a front support, but the back support was a bit more difficult. I ended up cutting a piece to fit exactly between the central heating pipes and the mystery thing – only just over 2 centimeters of space, so it only just fit. But fit it did! The second was that the front-facing edge of the top panel wasn’t pre-laminated. Luckily I was able to find an old piece of white laminate strip that matches it, and applied that to blend it into the rest of the build. Finally, the corner. I wanted the platform to be a snug fit, so I had to work around the double baseboard. I just cut out a few small squares with my jig saw to get it to match up:
Now, that’s all nice and well, but this raised platform actually hides a secret that you can’t see. Before I built and placed it, I had my dad drill a large hole into the wall in the far corner, just underneath the central heating pipes. I’d bought a 20 meter spool of RJ45 UTP network cable, and ran the entire cable through the walls and all the way to the router. I didn’t have a PC for the room just yet, but I was planning on having a PC there, and I didn’t want to depend on spotty Wi-Fi. I only used up about 10 meters of the cable getting to the room, and the rest of the cable went… you guessed it! It’s hidden inside that raised platform.
Not only did this raised platform give me a nice flat surface in that corner – it also helped hide the excess network cable, and gave me a network cable just waiting for a PC to be hooked up to it. Nice!