Check out my sweet playa bed

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Check out my sweet playa bed

Post by me1er » Wed Jun 25, 2014 11:19 am

Last year my wife and I had a 6' stretch hexayurt and an air mattress on the ground. Overall it was great, we had space but it really wasn't enough. By Tuesday morning the inside of the yurt turned into a pile of clothes and dry food on one side and a queen air mattress on the other.

I wanted to lift the mattress off the ground for underneath storage without bringing a metal bed frame or something stupid, also I like to sit on the side of a bed when I'm getting ready or putting shoes on or shit like that, not on the ground (high maintenance). Those cool double camping cots are $$$$ and probably wouldn't be tall enough to fit our gear underneath, I came up with this solution for 40$ and some scrap decking I had laying around.

We've already done a test run, the entire thing only took me 25 minutes to set up, which is just drilling on the legs. It survived the weekend, survived drunken tent sex too.

Based off this link , also I don't own a power saw, the only tools used on this entire project were a hand saw, power drill, and speed square
http://www.instructables.com/id/Cheap-e ... tform-bed/

Step 1: pick up a bunch of wood
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The cheapest wood I could find was this 6 inch fence board, I picked up some 1x2 strips for the spots in between the fence slats, hoping I won't need the middle rail
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Test fitting my frame, definitely going to need a 3rd middle rail
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3rd frame rail installed, hinges installed, frame sliced in half
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A queen bed is 60"x80" and i needed this to fit cleanly on my 4x8 utility trailer
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Slats installed, square headed screws are necessary
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Folds nicely
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The middle rail fucked up my wood calculations and didn't have enough for legs, i had 3 2x4 scraps so I made a 4th out of some old trex decking I found on the side of my house
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Our bins will fit with room to spare
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I decided to go with the decking for all the legs because the price was right and its super easy to cut, downside is that its heavy
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I wanted more connection points and didn't want to make a V shaped leg so i came up with this thing
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hopefully should act as a lip, and extra contact points for the frame
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finished leg, pretty awesome
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like a glove
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7 legs in total, the middle hinges are cheap as hell, didn't trust them at all
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Had to throw the mattress on it and roll around a bit, it passed my stress test.
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total mattress height, not sure what a "normal" bed height is but this is kinda high but not bad at all
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Let me know what you think or go build one of your own and make it better

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Post by dragonpilot » Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:04 pm

Very kul!
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Post by Sunbeam56 » Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:27 pm

Good job!!!
How much does it weigh?
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Post by Eric » Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:34 pm

It looks great - I'm just wondering if the center legs could be set up differently. There's space for another bin under there, and it's blocked by those supports (okay, I'm a packing junkie). Possibly a row of support on either side, next to where the existing bins sit? Problem is that I'm not sure how much that would effect the stability at the hinge area of the bed. Of course, you could just put bins you don't need to access much in that area and not worry about it.

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Post by Savannah » Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:35 pm

Amazing first post! :D Love it.
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Post by Token » Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:41 pm

Until you fuck someone on it and it stays intact, not Playa worthy ;)

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Post by Savannah » Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:44 pm

He said he DID have drunken sex on it. :D

But it wasn't drunken playa sex, so maybe it doesn't count.
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Post by FIGJAM » Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:51 pm

With 2 four foot 2x4s you could splint the middle buy drilling 4 holes on each side and run some bolts though, then use wing nuts for easy install.

That would eliminate the need for the center legs. 8)
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Post by Eric » Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:55 pm

FIGJAM wrote:With 2 four foot 2x4s you could splint the middle buy drilling 4 holes on each side and run some bolts though, then use wing nuts for easy install.

That would eliminate the need for the center legs. 8)
But would that hold up to playa sex? :wink:
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Post by me1er » Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:58 pm

Savannah wrote:He said he DID have drunken sex on it. :D

But it wasn't drunken playa sex, so maybe it doesn't count.
Well... it was next to a lake, not on top of an ancient lake bed. Close as I can get at the moment.
FIGJAM wrote:With 2 four foot 2x4s you could splint the middle buy drilling 4 holes on each side and run some bolts though, then use wing nuts for easy install.

That would eliminate the need for the center legs. 8)
I like that Idea, I could potentially do bolts and wing nuts on all 4 corners too and leave my drill at home. hrmmmm might have to think about that.

Also I have no clue how much it weighs, if i had to guess I'd say 45lbs plus or minus 10 pounds. I'm able to lift it above my head (folded), and I put it on top of my jeep and up in the rafters of my garage alone. If that helps at all.

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Post by FIGJAM » Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:58 pm

Define playa sex!

Three or more people?

Weasels and monkeys?

It's just a matter of wait!!! (and see) :lol:
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Post by FIGJAM » Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:02 pm

Real easy to use 4x4s for those corner legs.

That's how I built the bed I sleep on every night. 8)
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Post by Lonesomebri » Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:59 pm

Eric wrote:But would that hold up to playa sex? :wink:
The criteria for structural integrity here is the same as it is for all playa structures;
To really be sure that it will stand up to the extreme conditions found on the playa, you need to have it set up on top of a car going down the highway.
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Post by mgb327 » Wed Jun 25, 2014 4:21 pm

Lonesomebri wrote:
Eric wrote:But would that hold up to playa sex? :wink:
The criteria for structural integrity here is the same as it is for all playa structures;
To really be sure that it will stand up to the extreme conditions found on the playa, you need to have it set up on top of a car going down the highway.
whilst having insane sex on it.....
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Post by Sunbeam56 » Wed Jun 25, 2014 6:15 pm

"Insane sex".... Is that an oxymoron?
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Post by chuckularone » Thu Jun 26, 2014 5:46 am

Sunbeam56 wrote:"Insane sex".... Is that an oxymoron?
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It's more a redundancy.
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Post by mgb327 » Thu Jun 26, 2014 6:43 am

Had some insane sex once, while locked up on the 5th floor of some "hospital". Oh wait, was it the LSD? ermagerd.
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Post by TT120 » Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:27 am

Is that an RM250 in the background?
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Post by me1er » Fri Jun 27, 2014 5:29 pm

TT120 wrote:Is that an RM250 in the background?
RM125, its in pieces right now, can't wait till I can get it back together
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Post by TT120 » Fri Jun 27, 2014 8:25 pm

me1er wrote:
TT120 wrote:Is that an RM250 in the background?
RM125, its in pieces right now, can't wait till I can get it back together
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Post by Jovankat » Sat Jun 28, 2014 1:17 am

That's awesome! Did it end up being as cheap as the link said?

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Post by Sunbeam56 » Sat Jun 28, 2014 8:49 pm

Got some footiez for mattress frame today. They look really sturdy.
We will see what can be done...
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Post by me1er » Thu Jul 03, 2014 8:55 am

Jovankat wrote:That's awesome! Did it end up being as cheap as the link said?
Yea I spent 40 bucks and some change, I already had the material for the legs however.
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Post by Jovankat » Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:20 am

Hmm.. Interesting. I reckon I could totally make that. My only issue will be having the space to build it in.

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Post by NOLAphile » Fri Jul 04, 2014 2:53 pm

SWEET. If I thought I could make one of these and fit it on top of my crappy Kia Sportage I'd totally follow in your footsteps. We've got folding camp cots we picked up on craigslist, which rock my socks but you TOTALLY win for the DIY & the underneath storage... :D
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Post by FIGJAM » Fri Jul 04, 2014 5:07 pm

I didn't know there was a competition!

Mine doesn't have ANY legs, has room underneath for storage, and folds up to 1" thick against the wall!!! :twisted:

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Post by me1er » Tue Aug 05, 2014 7:28 am

Alright Figjam, center legs are gone.

I went with 2 foot sections of 2x4 on each hinge with 1/2" bolts sandwiching it all together. I also went with bolts on the corner legs too, went from 30 wood screws to attach the legs to 14 bolts.

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3 weeks and counting!
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Post by Elderberry » Tue Aug 05, 2014 8:27 am

I used the playatech plans for ours. http://playatech.com/downloads/bedevator/
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