Apr 06, 2014Making the bed

Making our new bed. Copyright © 2014 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

When Ginger said “Make the bed.” I’m pretty sure this is what she had in mind

The six of us have been sleeping in a small ‘queen-sized’ bed for the past five years. Six – that’s Ginger, me and the four cats. Finally, we decided to invest in a much bigger bed. We didn’t like the standard shop bought bases, so I designed one based on a bed I saw in one of the architectural blogs I follow. The bed in the post seemed to float in mid-air with subdued lighting under it.

Given the amount of cat barf that we have to avoid, under-bed lighting seemed like a jolly good idea. To make the bed appear to float I decided on a recessed base that couldn’t be seen from normal viewing angles. This is the design I came up with. As per usual (for me) it was over-engineered – but it is good and solid. Despite being recessed twelve inches all round, the base is still big enough to hold four large storage containers.

A quick sit down for a ‘Selfie’. Copyright © 2014 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

We prefer the term ‘Hover Bed’

The finished ‘Hover bed’ – So-called because it looks like it is hovering above the floor. Copyright © 2014 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

It just needs some sci-fi sound effects to complete the ‘hover bed’ effect. Our room is too small to be able to get far enough away to take a decent picture of the bed. Even this ‘fish-eye’ image doesn’t really show it off.

‘Floating Bed’ Design

'Floating' Bed Design
‘Floating’ Bed Design
'Floating' Bed Design (Mark II)
‘Floating’ Bed Design (Mark II)

If I was doing it again I’d simplify the design of the base and its connection to the bed platform as in the above design. That is the problem with this type of project. The prototype is what you end up with…

Copyright © 2014 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

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