That bomb shelter you have been thinking of renovating for the past year or so can actually be made more comfortable should you and your family ever have to make it your permanent home. Provided that you already have the basic necessities down there, like food, gallons of drinking water, soap, and any other goods, all that you would have left to do is decorate it to your comfort. Every man’s home is his castle and a bomb shelter can be transformed into a castle, too. Just think of the castle on the Island of the Cyclops in the movie “The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad.” That castle was underground too, inside of a mountain, which seemed cozy enough for Sokurah and his pet dragon. You do not need a pet dragon to guard your castle – the family dog or cat will do fine, in keeping away intruders from your sanctuary.
First of all, go down to your bomb shelter and look around. Is it already partially furnished? Or is it only a dirt floor with rocky walls and next to no decoration when it comes to the comforts of home? Starting out with a non-furnished bomb shelter can be to your advantage, since you can style it any way you want: French Renaissance, Italian Medieval, or Early Colonial. Or you can combine all three in an eclectic pattern. As an underground shelter, you can pretend there are walls, turrets, a grand foyer and dining room, plus an entertainment room where your own court jesters, or children, can perform for you every evening after dinner.
Check out your favorite interior decorating stores like Pier One, Anthropologie, J.C. Penney, or Kohl’s for the right touches. Decide on a color scheme for each room in the bomb shelter. Lighter colors will make the space seem larger, while darker colors will make the spaces seem smaller. Use basic furniture pieces for each room, such as a dining table for the dining room, a couch with plasma screen for the living room, and a queen sized bed for the master bedroom. The kid’s rooms can have twin sized beds. There is no need for window treatments since there are probably no windows in your underground bomb shelter. If there are any windows, the only things that can possibly be viewed on the other side are more rocks and dirt.
Instead of live plants, which probably would not survive in the dark underground, you can set up silk plants in pots and vases. They will look like the real thing whenever you receive visitors to your underground castle. Throw pillows with colorful cover can be strewn here and there, so long as they do not get dirty from the dirt ground. Have the whole family participate in the decorating of the bomb shelter, so that when the time comes in case of an emergency, the whole family can retreat down there and feel safe and cozy.