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Old 05-07-2017, 07:41 AM   #1
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Folding bed design

Still at it on the Short Bus. Finally got a place to sleep. Welded up a steel frame that bolts to the wall track, and straddles some Costco folding-top storage totes. The frame has 3ea removable supports connected by 5/8" pins; when the bed is folded these disconnect, nest together and get stowed. Mattress is a 5" memory foam Full XL (53" W x 79" ) narrowed by 6" to 47". This sits on 3/4" MDO (paper faced, both sides) plywood, 80" x 52". 3ea sections are connected by 6ft aluminum piano hinge. When folded, the top forms a flat shelf and protrudes from the wall about 22". Mattress and hinges both from Amazon.

















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Old 05-07-2017, 09:30 AM   #2
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Nice bed idea. That's a good color scheme on you bus too.
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Old 05-07-2017, 11:30 AM   #3
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Very professional job. Am I correct in assuming those are seat belts you are using to secure the bed in the closed position?

Ditto on the color combination.

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Old 05-07-2017, 01:15 PM   #4
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You may have just saved me a bunch of money. I am making two benches 26"x 79" and plan to just cut a full XL in half. Is there actual gel pockets in the top layer or is it just a part of the mixture in the foam?
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Old 05-07-2017, 03:30 PM   #5
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Nice and Purdy. I also like your color scheme on the exterior. Nice job!!


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Old 05-08-2017, 08:45 AM   #6
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You may have just saved me a bunch of money. I am making two benches 26"x 79" and plan to just cut a full XL in half. Is there actual gel pockets in the top layer or is it just a part of the mixture in the foam?
Did not see any gel. Just two layers of foam. But I didn't really look at it all that much...just opened the cover, measured and cut, then spray-glued the cover back together.

FYI - That mattress was only $135 shipped, and weighs about 60 lbs.
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Old 06-24-2017, 10:49 PM   #7
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I absolutely love the way youre bus is turning out. Heres a pic of mine. OFFROAD CAMPERS FTW!
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Old 06-27-2017, 10:53 AM   #8
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Cool bus. You need to start your own thread so we can follow your progress.
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