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Easy-to-Use Complete, Temporary, Single Bed

There is usually a significant demand for temporary beds that can be used just on the floor (or on the ground). A spare bed like this is always useful in a home for extra overnight visitors. Also such a bed will be useful for car camping. Besides this, spare beds like these would be very useful in halls that could be used for temporary sleeping in cases of emergency - like floods, fires or earthquakes.


Such a bed is often is now formed by using a sleeping bag - together with a cheap foam mattress.
            Now I myself have slept in a sleeping bag for a substantial part of my life. But I can assure you that - the bed, I am about to describe here, is far easier to use and more comfortable than a sleeping bag can be with a foam mattress. Any sleeping bag is - hard to get in and out of; awkward to adjust for hotter or colder weather; and very hard to clean after use. This bed will have none of these disadvantages.
            Besides these advantages, this bed will have all the advantages of the “easy-to-use bedding packages” I have already described. So the sheets and blankets will require no tucking in at all - and yet this bedding will always stay in the correct position around the sleeper. The doubled sheet (which takes the place of the top and bottom sheet) may be easily taken out and washed without even having to remove the blanket. Also, on a hot night, either of the blankets can be thrown back. But, because the blankets will stay closely attached to the closed fold side, they can be pulled back, if the night gets colder.
            And, besides all these advantages, this bed can be hung up on a wall by its “foot” end. There, this bed will take up very little space; the bedding will fall into its correct position; and the bed will be properly aired. And then after hanging up, this bed can be just laid on the ground again and there it will be completely ready for immediate use.


These beds will also be very useful as a means of introducing new people to the concepts of “easy-to-use bedding”. These beds can be sold at camping and outdoors shops because it is easy to store and demonstrate them. And when such a bed is sold, the package will contain a pamphlet describing the “easy-to-use bedding packages” for normal permanent beds. Then, when the purchaser realises that “easy-to-use” beds really work, then they may go out and buy “easy-to-use bedding packages” for their normal beds at home. And then gradually people would realise that “easy-to-use bedding packages” really do save time and effort. And so hopefully many such packages will be sold.



            The Physical Nature of the Mattress


The cheap mattresses, which are normally used for these occasions, are airbeds or they are made of simple foam. Some people use Therma-rests, which really are a combination of these two forms. But these mattresses are a lot more expensive.
For my mattress, I have used 5 cm thick layer of normal foam for the middle. And then this will be augmented with closed-cell foam layers at the top and bottom (as sold in camping stores for hiking/camping trips). So my mattress is only 6 cm thick - so it will not take up too much room. But this simple form is very comfortable because the 5 cm of normal foam accommodates to the normal human profile. But the closed-cell component prevents a person’s bony protrusions, like hips, bottoming out and feeling the hard ground. Also the tougher closed-cell foam on the outside protects the softer normal foam on the inside.
I use this form, in preference the options I mentioned above, because; it takes less room; it doesn’t need pumping up; and it is relatively cheap. And this mattress is sufficient to provide a comfortable night’s sleep.
The bedding for this bed can’t be quite the same as for a normal single bed because:
1.         This bed will be narrower than a normal single bed. And this means that the top sheet must now be wider than bottom sheet - because it has to go around the sleeper’s body.
2.         The top sheet and blankets will no longer hang over the open side quite so easily. Thus the top bedding will no longer tend to stay in place. So, to over come this problem, in this bed the top bedding has extra facilities to keep it in its correct position on the open side at the bottom of the bed.


The details are best understood by looking at the diagrams at the same time.


The following diagram shows the tapes stretched out with the mattress beneath them. The mattress is:  180 cm long, 65 cm wide and 6 cm deep. The Velcro shading meanings are those as specified previously. The numbers on the diagram are the lengths of the sections in cm.



The Connected Tapes that surround a Floor Mattress (scale 1:10)


the connected tapes surrounding a floor mattress



The next diagram shows a folded sheet with the mattress beneath it. The Velcro patches shown are all 6 cm x 5 cm in size, of the “fluffy” kind and are to be sown underneath (just on the bottom sheet). The numbers are all the distances in cm.



A Folded Sheet with Velcro for a Floor Mattress (scale 1:10)


a folded sheet with velcro for a floor mattress



            A normal single sheet is used, with width 180 cm and length 254 cm. The widths on the diagram add up to give this number 180. The length required is 195 cm. So about 57 cm needs to be cut off (allowing 2 cm for the seam).


The next diagram shows a folded blanket with the mattress beneath it. The Velcro patches shown are all 6 cm x 5 cm in size, of the “fluffy” kind and are to be sown underneath but this time through both blankets. The numbers are all the distances in cm.



A Folded Blanket with Velcro for Floor Mattress (scale 1:10)


a folded blanket with velcro for the floor mattress



            The standard double blanket used is 240 cm by 220 cm. It is folded to give width 120 cm and length 220 cm. The blanket is required to be 192 cm long - so 28 cm must be cut off.


From these diagrams, the reader should mostly be able to understand where all these Velcro patches will be placed and how they will keep the sheets and blankets in their correct positions.



But the item that will not be clear is - how the sheets and blankets are kept in their correct position at the bottom of the bed.


The bottom sheet is kept in place by eight Velcro pieces. So, if the top sheet is sown to the bottom sheet as shown in the diagram, then the bottom sheet will keep the top sheet in roughly the right place at the foot of the bed. But, before this sowing is done, a tuck must be made in the top sheet to allow the sleeper’s feet to move more freely. This is all show in the sheet diagram, page 21.


The blankets are kept in place by the three Velcro pieces, shown at the bottom of the blanket diagram (the last diagram). These Velcro pieces will be attached to the continuous hooked Velcro that may be seen on the tape page diagram (at the bottom). Thus continuous Velcro will lie across the back of the foot of the mattress. The fluffy Velcro pieces of the blanket are attached to this continuous Velcro in the following way.
            The blankets are folded over the foot of the mattress and then Velcro piece 1 holds the blankets in place next to the closed side of the bed. This piece of Velcro would seldom be undone.
 Velcro piece 2 can hold the blanket in place next to the open side of the bed. But the sleeper might prefer to attach this Velcro piece closer to the centre of the bed. This position would give the sleeper more space for their feet to move.
Velcro piece 3 is used to pull the whole of the blanket around the open side of the bed and there it will be attached to the continuous Velcro, near to the closed side of the bed. This will keep the blanket tightly wrapped around the mattress at the foot of the bed. This means that, when hanging from the wall, the blankets (and the sheet beneath it) will look neat and tidy. But, during the night, the sleeper can use this Velcro piece to give them the correct amount of room for their legs to move (so the Velcro would be attached nearer the open side).
But some sleepers might prefer that neither Velcro 2 nor Velcro 3 be used at all during the night. Then the sleeper could toss the blankets and the top sheet around more easily. The sleeper will have a large amount of choice in this matter.



            Hanging the Bed Up


This mattress is designed to be hung up on a wall using the hanging cord – as shown at the bottom of the tape diagram (page 20). This cord is on the front of the mattress, where the line is solid, and then the cord goes through the mattress and it comes out at the back mattress to be hooked on the wall.



            A Camping Adjustment


If this bed is taken camping, then there is a problem. This bed is too long to fit conveniently in most cars. However, there is a solution to this problem.
            First the bed must be turned on its front - so that the back is on top. Then the longways tapes must be undone so that the middle section is exposed. (The longways tapes are beneath the sideways tapes so they will still stay in place.) Then the bottom closed-cell foam layer is to cut in half and, after this, the normal foam layer is cut in half. Then the mattress is turned back again. This action will allow the bed to be folded up, over itself, and the blanket layers and the sheet layers will remain in the middle of the fold. (Thin closed-cell foam folds very easily). So now the bed will only be 65 cm wide and 90 cm long. So then the bed can be carried easily in a normal car.
            For camping the bed is stretched out again and the longways tapes are reattached. So then the bed can be used as normal without the sleeper knowing at all that the lower mattress has been cut in half. And, when the mattress has been cut, this operation can easily be repeated on many camping strips - because now it only requires the longways to be undone (or done up).
            This whole operation could be made safer by partially gluing the mattress layers together so that they do not move around with respect to each other. This situation requires experimentation.


Two camping beds can be made into a double bed. But the beds must have different orientations i.e. a head-on-left version and a head-on-right version. Then the open sides can be laid next to each other and the then two sleepers can be as friendly with each other as they like.





You might now also like to look back at:

either my "Home Page" (which introduces this whole website and lists all my webpages),

or  “Bryden’s Inventions(which introduces this major set of webpages),

or “A New Easy-to-Use Bedding-Package System (which introduces this minor set of webpages).


My next normal webpage is A New Simple International Language.


Updated on 11/11/2016.