Air Mattress base

We have a Queen size air mattress that we like. But on the floor it is so low we have a problem getting up. (We are 70 years old.) Is there an instructable that we could make something that would get us off the floor even just a foot. Something that we could fold up and take in the car.

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Re-design6 years ago
Build a box out of 1 x 12 lumber 1' smaller than the bed. Connect the corners with door hinges so you could just pull the pins to move. Make an X in the middle with 1 x 12 for center support. Make a floor out of 1/2" plywood. Cover the plywood with a layer of thin foam or a quilt to protect the mattress.

This is what most water beds were made of, just add sides.
emit (author)  Re-design6 years ago
Yup that is what we did. Thanks
yokozuna6 years ago
I'm not sure how big your "car" is, but something like this could easily be modified to fold up and fit in a SUV, or possibly in a backseat/hatchback/station wagon.
aeray yokozuna6 years ago
I see that you've beat me to my own Instructable.
emit (author)  aeray6 years ago
If you come up with something, let me know
aeray emit6 years ago
I'll give it some thought. How big is the mattress, inflated, and how much space is available in the Jetta?
emit (author)  aeray6 years ago
OK, the mattress is 60 X 70 aprox and the jetta is a small car seating 4.

aeray emit6 years ago
Hatchback or sedan? I think that seandogue's answer was pretty good, but I'll let you know if I come up with anything.
emit (author)  aeray5 years ago
Sedan
aeray aeray6 years ago

How about this? (click here)
emit (author)  yokozuna6 years ago
Sorry too big, we have a VW jetta
aeray6 years ago
+1 for seandogue. You may want to strap them together to prevent creep, and to stabilize them.
How about putting another couple of air mattresses underneath it?
emit (author)  Nostalgic Guy6 years ago
Interesting idea, not sure how stable it would be. Will give it some thought. Thanks
NachoMahma6 years ago
.  All you need is a few pieces of plywood. 3/8" or 1/2" will work. For portable, I'd go with 3/8". Make a rectangular frame that is about one foot less than the mattress on each side. Use two pieces in the middle to make cross pieces. Cut four pieces of plywood for the top, making them the same size as the mattress when fit together. Use Velcro to hold it together. For a permanent install, use brackets and screws.