Bed Base Basics

The next job on the never-ending list was to improve on the sleeping arrangements. The attentive reader will remember that the previous arrangement basically consisted of the frame of an old sofa bed, bolted across the back of the van [see this post to refresh your memory]. Although that worked OK, it was a bit annoying, having to step over the edge of the bed frame, every time you wanted to get in or out of that area, when using it in ‘seating mode’. So I decided to build a similar frame in wood, but with an opening in that area, to avoid the need for clambering.

Mazza testing the beginnings of the new bed frame
Mazza testing the beginnings of the new bed frame

While I was in that neck of the woods, I thought I’d lay down some of the carpet we’ve got for doing Herman’s interior, to save me having to try and squeeze under the bed and do it, after it’s all built and filled with junk things that might come in handy.

Carpet fitting
Carpet fitting
Let me out! –Mazza promised to visit me once a month and bake me a cake with a file in it
Let me out! –Mazza promised to visit me once a month and bake me a cake with a file in it

So, heres the final arrangement. The two slatted pieces on either side are fixed. In seating mode, the one on the right acts as the sofa and a board sits atop the one on the left to provide a rudimentary table. When using it in bed mode, there’s a hinged board that unfolds and lies across the gap in the middle, to provide a base for the mattress. OK, it’s still a bit clunky, but more flexible than we had before. Plus, I’ve raised the base up quite a bit so, as well as being able to look out the back windows while in bed, we’ve a lot more storage space underneath now.

Herman bed, mark III
Herman bed, mark III

Here’s the view from inside the van, with the bed ‘deployed’. One annoying thing is that now that Herman has been panelled and insulated he’s effectively an inch or two narrower inside. So the old sofa-bed mattress which we use as a bed is now slightly too long to fit, so has to be kind of wedged into position, which isnae the most comfy thing in the world. Maybe if I win the lottery some day, I can replace this mattress with a nice bit of memory foam.

Comfy[ish] corner
Comfy[ish] corner
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ORIGINAL PUBLICATION DATE: 01 Aug 2010
AUTHOR: stíobhart matulevicz