T1N Interstate owners...
Have you ever wondered why on earth you have 3 different styles of lighting fixtures in the space of about 3 feet? Recessed mini-cans, swiveling spotlights, and plastic compact fluorescents all thrown together?
I don't know the answer either, but after 17 nights of staring up at the original fluorescents on our recent Canada trip, I said enough is enough. Those things never did match the rest of the Interstate design aesthetic, and now ours are turning yellow with age to boot. So I designed this low-profile suspended shelf to take their place. Once I get both shelves installed (one on each side), it'll capture this wasted space and provide an additional 4.5 square feet of surface area. There's always the challenge of where to "set stuff down" in the Interstate. This partly addresses that, at least for small items.
I haven't finished the blog post yet but here's a pic of one of the shelves (holding 2 books, 1 travel diary, my favorite Smartwool sweater, a pencil bundle, and an iPad). It's the same perforated aluminum sheet that I used for my computer table
. It is intentionally shallow so that it will not impinge upon headroom.