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  • Pirate Ship Bedroom

    This drawing shows the construction plan for the room's hidden slide. Only the entrance and exit to the twisty tube are visible. An adjacent staircase allows the less adventurous to go downstairs the old-fashioned way.
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  • Pirate Ship Bedroom

    The pirate room's designer sits at the helm of his ship. The rope descends into the bedroom's closet for quick wardrobe changes.
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  • Pirate Ship Bedroom

    This aerial shot looks down into the closet. Designer Steve Kuhl says the rope used to descend into the wardrobe can be used for a unique upper-body workout.
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  • Pirate Ship Bedroom

    The room's Crow's Nest -- the lookout tower -- was constructed using extra-strong, 10-inch hand-hewn timber. A bed for guests is off to the right.
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  • Pirate Ship Bedroom

    Another view of the closet, looking up through the hull of the ship. A door seen at the bottom of the frame is an alternate entrance to the wardrobe.
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  • Pirate Ship Bedroom

    Room designer Steve Kuhl tests the secret slide. After several practice runs, it was deemed suitable for pirate use.
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  • Pirate Ship Bedroom

    A view from the bedroom doorway shows the ship's hull is peppered with cannon ports. The cannons also serve as peep holes for those above to look down below.
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  • Pirate Ship Bedroom

    The base of the rope bridge is anchored to the top of the ship's jail cell. Designer Steve Kuhl welded a custom steel door for an authentic prison feel. The cell provides a secure place for locking up unwanted guests.
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  • Pirate Ship Bedroom

    Room designer Steve Kuhl flies headfirst out of the twisty slide. The tube runs a total of 55 lineal feet and was procured from a local community center that was looking to upgrade.
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    A fully grown man demonstrates the rope bridge's weight capacity. The bridge connects the top of the jail cell -- specially designed to hold evil-doers, thieves and little sisters -- and the hull of the ship.
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  • Pirate Ship Bedroom

    Designer Steve Kuhl built this one-of-a-kind bedroom for his nephew. They thought of a space ship, a race car and a castle for possible themes, but landed on the pirate-ship design that has turned into an Internet sensation.
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    Another view of the rope bridge, which presented a design challenge, room designer Steve Kuhl says.
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