Table for Two

OK -folks. On with the show.

You’ll remember that the previous evening had seen us retire to the pavillion with the following arrangement constructed in the back of Herman.

The state of play from the night before
The state of play from the night before

During the night, my subconscious chewed over the problem and, in the morning I had a plan! -off to B&Q for some heavy duty Velcro and a couple of piano hinges. Then I hoked through our wood stash and found a couple of suitable flat planks, which I cut to size and hinged together to form a folding table top, which could be laid across the less sturdy of the two sofa-bed frames and held down with the Velcro, to give us a makeshift table-top. With the folding sofa-bed mattress placed onto the other [sturdier] frame, we now had sofa and table to sit and prepare our meals at.

Testing my new makeshift table-top, to see if it works OK with beer bottles [a vital quality for any table to have!]. Also checking out how the sofa-bed mattress performs in its capacity as a seat
Testing my new makeshift table-top, to see if it works OK with beer bottles [a vital quality for any table to have!]. Also checking out how the sofa-bed mattress performs in its capacity as a seat
Now, here's the clever bit! When you're done sitting and eating, the 'table' detaches from its frame, with a rending of Velcro, folds in half and fits neatly in the gap between the two sofa-bed frames
Now, here's the clever bit! When you're done sitting and eating, the 'table' detaches from its frame, with a rending of Velcro, folds in half and fits neatly in the gap between the two sofa-bed frames
The sofa-bed mattress can now be laid out flat across the two halves of the frame, with the folded table filling the gap in the middle
The sofa-bed mattress can now be laid out flat across the two halves of the frame, with the folded table filling the gap in the middle

Not bad, eh? -considering I was making it up as I went along and it was all knocked together out of crap, I’m pretty pleased with that. The only real bummer is that you’ve got to step over the frame of the iron bedstead to get your legs in when it’s in ‘Sofa & Table Mode’. But that’s no great hardship.

Meta TAGS: tablesofabed
ORIGINAL PUBLICATION DATE: 07 Aug 2009
AUTHOR: stíobhart matulevicz