Recently while on holidays with my family at our onsite van my somewhat broken father needed to spend time on his back with his legs in the air due to issues with his legs. Unfortunately we had no suitable way to have him do so in the cool of outside rather than sweltering inside the van. Fortunately I always travel with a few tools (saws, drills etc) and there was a hardware store near by! Thus was born my design for a day bed that could allow him to have his legs raised while still comfortable, but could also be used as a bench seat with a back for use at other times.
I am not a carpenter, I know it is over built and could probably be built with lighter timber and less legs. However we aren't light in my family and I will not put my fathers already fragile body at risk with something which could conceivably fall down. My father set a criteria that it must be able to be pulled apart for storage in the vans annex should they desire to so its on removable legs and the back can slot in and out. The cushions are old bed mattresses made out of sponge rubber from the van. I am planning on cutting them down some and recovering them with nicer material.
Step 1: Plan It Out!
Given lack of access to a computer while on holidays the plan was a simple A4 sheet sketch which as the project advanced was modified somewhat. I will put a more accurate plan in via sketch up when I get a moment.