A friend of mine recently purchased a home, which has a very odd shaped storage room. It was mostly unused, given its long, tall, and narrow shape plus lack of shelving. We decided to change that! Any tall room deserves a loft as far as I am concerned. If you are going to build it and heat it, why not use it? Interior design minded folks might protest this, arguing for a sense of spaciousness and freedom. There is even some data to back this idea up (1). Fine, I'm not saying we should all live in 5' tall rooms. But hey, if you like the visual of a tall room, why not make a suspended net structure? I've spent time in Dream Nets outdoors, and thought it would be a great idea to make one in a tall living room. On to the loft though.
1 Joan Meyers-Levy and Rui (Juliet) Zhu, “The Influence of Ceiling Height: The Effect of Priming on the Type of Processing That People Use”; Yannick Joye,
I had big ideas about making the ladder and rail from salvaged branches and small trees off a clear cut, with fancy mortise and tenon joinery, but sometimes you just gotta get it done fast. Hard to beat a one day start to finish project!