My 13 year-old twin daughters have always shared a room. From their arrival home from the hospital at barely five pounds (after a 5 week stay in the NICU from their premature birth at 32 weeks) to a room with two cribs, then to twin beds, then on to to a loooooong stay in our bed, and finally, back again to their room. They eventually began voicing their desire for their own rooms about a year ago but they both wanted to keep their bedroom. The office/guest room/husband’s- stuff-room is bigger with great natural light but would involve a lot of patience, negotiation and moving things around.
Kate, determinately agreed to move into the “office” with a few
requests conditions, the main one being the Serena & Lily hanging chair. I thought that was a reasonable request. My husband did not. Largely, because our home is almost 90 years old, has plaster walls and ceilings and a very small crawl space in our “attic”. Needless to say, this project didn’t happen overnight and the chair was fiiiiiiinally hung last week.
Although Kate officially moved into the office at the end of July, I had a few excuses of my own to delay purchasing the chair. The first was I wasn’t up for the task of convincing my husband to hang it and the second was I also wanted to wait for Serena & Lily to have a sale. So when they recently had the friends and family sale, at long last, I pulled the trigger and bought it.
We were so excited when it arrived! But then it stood in this place for over a week. In a small house, that’s a looooong time. My husband wasn’t jumping at the chance to hang it so I ultimately called our contractor and he agreed to install in. But it would be another week until he could.
How to Install The Hanging chair
Finally, the install day arrived! This is the hall closet with access to the attic and by attic, I mean a crawl space about three feet tall. The ceiling area to hang the chair is about 20 feet away and required installing two by fours above it in which to first anchor the eye hook to hang the chair.
How to make your daughter happy!
The whole process took about 3 hours and the result was worth the wait! We love how it turned out and Kate already is spending lots of time in it (I may be too!) . It’s surprisingly comfortable and we were able to use some pillows we already had on hand. I also purchased the Serena & Lily dip dyed stool during the sale and it serves as a great place for a plant, a drink and of course, a phone. We’re still looking to place a sheep skin rug underneath (I need to get to IKEA) but for now, we are loving the long-awaited hanging chair!