My, what a year it’s been.  Since last we spoke, I bought and furnished a townhouse in the Maryland suburbs of Washington DC.  It has four levels, which means plenty of space for my girlfriend and me.  We each have our own bedrooms, with my bed in the master suite, and her bed in the finished basement.  That meant that the spare bedroom was upstairs, and thus, my dungeon is in an upstairs bedroom.  In my last post a year ago, I remarked, “After all, I could have a dungeon in an upstairs bedroom, but it wouldn’t be the same.”  Funny how things work out, as the play space ended up going upstairs.  But I think that an upstairs dungeon will work out pretty well, because the room has lots of other desirable features.

Here’s the room as it stands now, with Jennifer modeling:

Jennifer shows off the new dungeon room.

However, as fun as it might be, my spare room is not going to be a dedicated dungeon.  It is also going to double as my guest bedroom, which means that I need to be able to clear everything out in order to set up an air mattress as needed.  I also need to be able to make the room completely vanilla, because among other people, my mother will likely stay over at my house (many times!), and she doesn’t need to know about this part of my life.

So the trick with my dungeon furniture will be the ability to clear it all out and store it out of sight.  I have a small attic space above the spare bedroom that is accessed through a half-sized door in the master bedroom loft space:

The half-sized door to my attic space.

Interior of the small attic space in my house.

Thus as you can see, the ability to break the stuff down is key.  I currently have one piece of dungeon furniture that I received as a housewarming gift from a friend:

My first piece of dungeon furniture!

It’s not a bad device.  The captive’s feet are locked in through the smaller holes, and their neck is locked in through the big hole.  It’s suitable for tickling and for spanking, so I will definitely get some use out of this.  I believe that I will make the neck hole just a tad larger, though, because it is just a wee bit snug on me.

Otherwise, there are two things that I want to get: a massage table and a St. Andrew’s cross.  The former will be fairly straightforward, i.e. just go and pick one out.  That should run me around $100-$200, which I can afford.  That will allow the top to stand up while playing with the bottom.  Then when play is over, it will be able to be collapsed down into something that I can hide in my little attic space when I’m not using it.  I imagine that a table like that will be fun for wax play, or anything else that my evil little mind (or my girlfriend’s equally evil little mind) can come up with.

The cross, meanwhile, is going to be something of a challenge.  I am inclined to make that a do-it-yourself project, because I can’t afford to spend hundreds of dollars on a cross, especially when I have a house to pay for, as well as other various home improvement projects that I want to do that have nothing to do with fetish.  And I have to be able to fit a cross through the little attic door.  I am fairly confident that a standard-sized flogging cross is too wide at the ends to go through that opening. My goal is that when I’m not using it, it can be compactly stored.

That said, I suppose that I’m going to have to see how much of an engineer I am, to design something that will be freestanding, be able to take some significant abuse, and still be able to be broken down and stored.  I believe that I’m up to the challenge, and it should be a fun little project.  If you have any suggestions about how to do this, please leave a comment.