Diy Platform Bed and Mattress Substitute - Out-of-the-box, Portable, Lightweight, Inexpensive

Ever needed to lug a mattress, a box spring or a heavy, clunky wooden or metal bed up or down a few flights of stairs or load it into a car or van? Or worried about having to throw away an otherwise perfectly usable and expensive mattress / box springs because of bedbugs?Your bed and mattress (plus the box-spring) are probably one of the biggest headaches come time to move - especially if you're on your own.I wanted a portable, lightweight and inexpensive complete bedding solution that I could take apart and put back together at will, and whose individual pieces I could carry in my car when I move. A raised air bed seemed like the perfect one-stop solution - till they started devoloping leaks after just a few months, leading me to finally give up on them. So I went back to looking for the two separate main components - a portable, lightweight platform bed (eliminates the need for a box spring) and an equally portable and lightweight mattress that could preferably be rolled-up or folded for easy transportation.1) For the platform bed, I did find a few metal bed frames that seemed at least somewhat portable - for $109 for example, but found them too heavy and unwieldy. I didn't think they would fit in my car when moving, and in addition, I thought the steel edges would tear up my planned improvised mattress out of several sleeping bags. After a lot of research, I came up with a platform bed substitute that is workingwell for me. The items are easily available at a standard, international chain (IKEA) and each individual piece weighs just 10 lb and measures (as packaged) 22" W x 2.125" H x 33.125" L. You need no tools to assemble it,it gives youplenty of storage space hidden from view underneath,andyour improvised platform bed costs (as of 05/26/10) just about $96.2) For the mattress substitute, I thought of this inexpensive DIY solution using easily available standard components (a few sleeping bags and a zipperedmattress cover) that obviously requires no tools or any kind of workmanship - and it's working great for just $84.

So this improvised queen bed and mattress,puttogetherpretty muchout-of-the-box from standard, widely available components, add up to all of $180!For a queen bed, buy 12 "LACK" side tables from IKEA - ($7.99 each as of 05/26/10). Each individual piece weighs just 10 lb and measures (as packaged) 22" W x 2.125" H x 33.125" L. Though made of particleboard and therefore extremely light, I was told each table can support the weight of one adult standing on it. I was able to load and fit all twelve packages into my subcompact quite easily.

Assemble each of the 12 tables for the queen bedby attachingthe four legs to the table top with the help of the four screws supplied. The screw is pointed at both ends and there are markings on the underside of the table top and each leg showing where each screw goes in. You don't even need a screw driver as the leg itself acts as one. Assembling each table took me less than 15 minutes.Arrange the twelve tables side-by-side - three on one side, four on the other. Each table is 21.625" x 21.625" so the final dimension of your platform bed will be 86.5" x 64.875" - which is slightly bigger than a standard queen size mattress of 80" x 60" but once the bed sheets and covers are on the mattress, I haven't found it to be a problem.

I thought I might need to duct tape or otherwise tiethe tables together but haven't needed to do it - the tables totally stay in place on their own.

That's it for the first part - you now have your platform bed forless than$100,pretty muchoff-the-shelf, with plenty of storage space hidden from view underneath -that you can take apart and move(even up and down flights of stairs) all by yourself at any time. And you never messed with tape measures, hacksaws, clamps, drills and hammers in your garage, got your hands dirty or broke a sweat - did you?

Next comes putting together your own, similarly off-the shelf,portable mattress.All you need for your mattress substitute are eight sleeping bags and one zippered vinyl / cotton mattress cover.

You can use as many or as few sleeping bags as you like -I bought eight 33" x 75" sleeping bags from Wal-Mart for $9 each (as of 05/26/10) -

The only other item Iam usingis a queen-size zipperedvinyl mattress cover I found at Target for $11.99 (as of 05/26/10) - . You could just as well use a zippered cotton mattress cover for a comparable price. Finally, just zip up the mattress cover, and voilà- you've created your own inexpensive, portable, lightweight, machine-washable mattress-substitute for around $84usingout of the boxmaterialseasily availableat your neighborhood stores. (OK - the mattress cover may not be machine washable if it's vinyl- butif you use a zippered cotton mattress cover instead, that wouldmake the covermachine-washable as well).

Note:Obviously, you may use as many or as few sleeping bags as you like - as long as they fit inside one mattress cover. You may even use more than one of these mattress substitutes - all depending on what gives you the right amount of comfort.So now you have your platform bed and mattress substitute - making for a complete portable, lightweight andinexpensivebedding solution foraround $180.

You will notice that as mentioned before, each square side table is 21.625" x 21.625" so the final dimension of your platform bed will be 86.5" x 64.875" - which is slightly bigger than a standard queen size mattress of 80" x 60".However, once the bed sheets and covers are on the bed, no one, including yourself, will ever know!!

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