Tagging on to the recent thread about spare bedroom layouts...
I can't imagine I'm the only person living in an apartment. Does anybody have any interesting "space saver" solutions for having trains set up in an apartment or smaller living area? Spare bedrooms aren't always an option in an apartment situation, so some creative thinking is necessary (especially with O gauge trains). Please share!
The free time I recently fell into due to the "shelter in place" situation many of us have been under allowed me to work on cleaning up a project I started a couple months back. There's always a bit of dread when I have the desire to run trains as it takes quite a bit of work to unpack everything, set it up and then repack it all when I'm done so we're not tripping over it in the apartment. I purchased a queen sized "storage bed" from IKEA which has a mattress frame mounted on a sort of hinge near the headboard which allows it to swing up out of the bed-frame revealing an approximately 5'x7' storage area that's maybe 12-14" tall. I also found a cheapish area rug that approximately fit in the space and then set up a floor layout on that. It's nothing special, but it's nice being able to simply plug in the transformer and run trains whenever I have the desire without having to mess around with packing/unpacking things. It's really only big for my O-27 stuff and of course my Pre/Postwar Lionel stuff, so that's obviously the "theme" I went with when I decorated. I'll probably add to it and rearrange some stuff, but it's enjoyable as it is for now.
Here's a video I put together with some stuff running over the past week and a half.