We have a lot of friends that come over to our house and hang out. As far as we know they are all “vanilla” in their tastes and activities; just as much of all of our lives is vanilla. They work, have kids, and do everything that we all do to pay the bills and enjoy our families.
Like them we have kids and like most people we do not want our children to learn everything from us. Like everyone else, we all need to learn a few things on our own and work though what our preferences are and what we measure as “normal”
To that end, we have worked at keeping things hidden. Our play table, is a massage table. But the best purchase was the “access panel” I added to the ceiling.
It is cool by itself; but the key is that it needed to be able to hold 200 lbs (so I could hang from the hook and make sure the wife would be safe). So it required a bit more work.
Step 1 was buying an access panel. There are tons of them out there, and we purchased one that looked like this:
(Thinking back I probably discussed this same topic but not as in depth as this article).
With that door came a template that you tape to the wall or ceiling and then cut out the shape you need. So I found the joists in the ceiling and centered everything up between two, and started cutting.
I got a small hole going then climbed up into the ceiling to clear away the insulation above our bedroom.
After that, I finished cutting out the hole. The easy part done I climbed back into the ceiling to sweat some more. I measured the distance between the joists and then grabbed a 2X6 board. and some 2X4 boards I cut them to the right length and screwed the 2X4s between the joists to create a smaller box then screwed two lengths of the 2×6 across the top of the box to give me the support I needed for the hook I was hanging.
I stopped for an iced beverage, then drilled a hole through the 2X6 boards and hung a hook trough that on a 1/2 inch bolt with a loop on it.
Then I fit the access panel in and made everything look nice and clean:
Finally I added a climbing quickdraw
That allowed me to hang anything I wanted from that hook easily. Normally I hang exercise gear from it; and when friends and kids are not around, I can use it for its true purpose. When they are around, I can close it or hang some climbing tool there for the kids to play on!