Introduction: Phone Bed

Even phones need down time to rest and recharge. Give your phone a place to sleep in its own bed, the perfect spot to keep your phone when it's time for lights out. This fun bed is more than just a doll-sized decoration, there's actually a soft mattress made from a computer mouse pad that muffles any vibrations from alters while you sleep.

If you're one of those people that can't go to bed without having your phone by your side, then you've probably been woken up by your phone buzzing after dark. With a soft bed for your digital buddy there's no more noisy nighttime notifications!

I designed this bed frame digitally using CAD software, then used a laser cutter to cut the pieces. I made this design large enough to almost every type of cell phone from flip-phones to even the largest smartphones.

Download the CAD file shown in this Instructable here.

Step 1: Design in CAD

First I measured the overall dimensions of my phone and sketched a bed frame to fit. Then I enlarged the design length and width so that the bed would be able to accommodate almost any size mobile phone. Using computerized aided design (CAD) software makes this easy.

In the CAD program the bed dimensions were laid using a very basic bed frame shape. Being mindful that most phones have a charging cable at the bottom of the device, I made an opening in the foot of the bed to large enough accommodate almost any type of charger.

I wanted an ornate design, so I did a search for baroque design to get inspired. I grabbed a few images from my search and traced over them in CAD, then mashed up a few designs until I was happy with the outcome.

Download the CAD file shown in this Instructable here.

Step 2: Laser Cut

After designing I brought my *.dwg CAD file into a laser cutter interface software, CorelDraw.

I used an Epilog 75 watt laser cutter with the following settings:
  • Speed: 30
  • Power: 45
  • Frequency: 500
My phone bed frame was cut out on 1/8" plywood.
This design took about 10 minutes to cut out.

Step 3: Glue + Assemble

After laser cutting the pieces they were removed from the parent material, the edges and openings were cleaned of burrs and debris, and the faces were sanded smooth. Dabs of wood glue were applied to the connecting surfaces and then the bed was assembled. Using clamps the frame was left to dry.

The frame was finished with Danish oil, a tough water-resistant finish. The oil was rubbed onto the frame with a rag and left to soak into the wood.

Step 4: Mattress

The interior dimension of the bed frame was measured and a mousepad was cut to shape. My bed frame was designed to accommodate the charging cord on the bottom of my phone, so I made a small notch in the bottom of the mousepad mattress to allow the cord to pass through the opening in the bed frame.

Step 5: Optional: Bedding

We could stop here and have an acceptable bed for our phone, but let's take it a step further for our make-believe bed.

Using scrap fabric I wrapped the mousepad mattress and hot glued the corners. A funky swatch of scrap fabric was used to make a cover, and a fluffy piece of fabric was used to make a faux sheepskin throw.

A pillow was omitted as I wanted the phone to lie flat on the bed.

Step 6: Sleep Tight

With the phone bed next to your human bed you can both get a good night's sleep. Plug in your phone to charge, turn off the screen, then turn out the lights. With you and your favourite device safely tucked in, you're both sure to be fully charged in the morning.

Comments

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paper princess made it! (author)2015-05-27

This is seriously the cutest idea ever!

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AndreaRust made it! (author)2015-03-19

This is rediculously cute. Can't wait to cut it. Thanks so much for releasing the file!

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mk2001 made it! (author)2014-11-02

Creative idea, but I think it would have been cooler if you put an induction charger or something in the bed frame so that when you tuck your phone in for the night, it automatically charges without plugging it in

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sunshiine made it! (author)2014-04-28

I noticed the picture of this on the main page and have been meaning to take a peek but I had no idea you made it! I love the fabric. It looks like there are 2 pieces. You always amaze me! Thanks for more inspiration!

sunshiine

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mikeasaurus made it! (author)mikeasaurus2014-04-28

Thanks!

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aspirer made it! (author)2014-04-27

Great job! I honestly think you did a great job but I can only be so impressed when things are done on CAD. Maybe one day I'll change my traditional ways of pencil and a piece of paper(hopefully not though).

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mikeasaurus made it! (author)mikeasaurus2014-04-28

AutoCAD is just like drawing on paper and it pretty easy to learn the basics. I still sketch out on paper, but can get the exact dimensions and scales in digital space.

I've provided my CAD drawing file in this project, you are welcome to download and play around with it in CAD. Good luck!

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hunter999 made it! (author)2014-04-27

This is sooo cool...and very cute. Good job Mike :-) You make me smile.

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shazni made it! (author)2014-04-22

This just made me smile :-) so cure

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Tarun Upadhyaya made it! (author)2014-04-21

Haha.... this is so cool. How about a small pillow for a little height, just in case you need to see who is calling :D

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caitlinsdad made it! (author)2014-04-21

Do Androids dream of electric sheep?

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vicvelcro made it! (author)vicvelcro2014-04-21

Well...

Mine does - now.

<grin>

thanks, mikeasaurus!

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CrystalB01 made it! (author)2014-04-21

It's so cute and detailed

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Muniosi made it! (author)2014-04-21

Cool project! I might make this and incorporate a Qi wireless charger so I don't have to plug my phone in before I set it down.

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Abigail02 made it! (author)2014-04-21

I love this!

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wilgubeast made it! (author)2014-04-21

Darn tech-elite hipsters and your CAD files and laser cutters! My phone is EXHAUSTED, but I don't have all of these fancy tools to make a fancy bed for it.

Here I am, a chump with a tired phone, and you're here flaunting your fancy computer-aided phone bed design? How dare you?! Next you're gonna show me how you made your phone into a knife because it's suddenly rejuvenated and full of energy after getting a good night's sleep.

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Kiteman made it! (author)2014-04-21

Oh, that is so sweeeet!

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