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Platform for additional sleeping area between twin beds


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A new Oliver owner asked if I could craft a platform providing additional sleeping area between their two twin bed configuration. The project got my curiosity going and would require a fair level of planning to do right so just the kind of thing I love.  I had seen other owners do similar things by adding a board across the two bed risers that hold the mattresses in place but, I discovered from talking to Oliver that, these risers are not designed to take a great deal of downward pressure.

 

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The design I came to is strong yet, light weigh while transferred the weight load to the flood and not on to the raisers. Two legs pieces interlock into a thick center strut, provide weight distribution and “horns” on the top of the legs lock the top board and legs in place.

 

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This is a large platform - 50” in length by 18” in width and 18" in height, it needed to fold-down for storage, stainless steel hinges allow the center strut and top board to fold to a compact package - 25” x 18” x 6”. Spring loaded latches secure it together when in use.

 

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Space is always a premium in our trailers and leveraging the dinette seat cushions which, fit perfectly, meant an additional cushion was not a requirement. Note: depending the height of your mattresses the level of the platform can be made taller or shorter.  We have 10" mattresses and the customer has 7".

 

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Complimenting the Oliver interior lead me to select cabinet grade oak plywood with a white mike paint finish to show off the wood grain and match the interior. Also a nod to Frank Lloyd Wright for overall design esthetics never hurts.

 

If you're interested in more sleeping room for your twin bed configuration or have a pet that likes to sleep with you but just not enough room for Fido at your feet, message me, I’d be happy to craft you one too.

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Foy and Mirna 

Roamy Mc Roadhouse
2017 Legacy Elite II, Twin Bed
Hull #227
2021 RAM 1500 Limited

 

 

 

 

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Great work, as usual. I wonder if the center beam could be made of plywood to make it thinner and the whole thing storable under the mattress?

 

Thanks Overland!

 

I was shooting for 3/4" on the center strut in my original prototype but, it was not sturdy enough for my liking.  I ended up laminating two 3/4" pieces together to get the rigidity I wanted.  Last thing I wanted was it to collapse on someone sleeping or getting in & out on the bed.

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Onward,
Foy and Mirna 

Roamy Mc Roadhouse
2017 Legacy Elite II, Twin Bed
Hull #227
2021 RAM 1500 Limited

 

 

 

 

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