You've got friends and family coming to visit, and some are going to stay with you. That's OK, you have a standard queen sized air mattress for them! It's a little cramped, but it's something, right? Imagine if you could offer them something 'bedder.' You can! With very little time and cost, you can build your own 'Bedder Sofa' and give your guests a king-sized sleeping experience!
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Step 1: What You'll Need
Everything can be found at Home Depot, Lowes, etc. Here's what you'll need:
Please note that your measurements may vary slightly based on the height of your air mattress and sofa!
32' PVC 1" Piping (3 10' pipes + 1 2' pipe will do)
4 x 1 in. Furniture Grade PVC 3-Way Elbow in White
4 x 1 in. Furniture Grade PVC 4-Way Tee in White
1 x 1 in. Furniture Grade PVC 5-Way Cross in White
9 x 1 in. Furniture Grade PVC Pipe Caps
PVC cutting tool
tape measure queen sized mattress (for best results)
Step 2: Measuring Your Sofa and Mattress
First step is to measure how high your air mattress is.
Next, measure from the floor to the top of your sofa cushion.
Subtract the two to figure out how high you'll need to elevate your air mattress.
In this case:
Sofa Height: 18"
Air Mattress Height: 15"
3" difference! That's how high off the ground we have to be.
Step 3: Cutting Your Support Pipes and Leg Support Pipes
Using your PVC Pipe Cutter and your measuring tape, cut your pipes into the following:
- 6 x 2' lengths
- 6 x 3' lengths
Using the remaining leftover pipe, cut 9 x 1 1/2" pipes for the leg support for your Bedder Sofa.
The 1 1/2" length + the 1" width of the main support pipes counts towards that amount. There will be some height added by the Pipe Caps, too.
Step 4: Connect Your Leg Support Pipes to the Fixtures
Put all 9 Pipe Caps into 9 1 1/2" pieces (as shown).
Put four of these into the 3 Way Elbow (as shown).
Put four of these into the 4 Way Fixtures.
Put one of these into the center piece of the 5 Way Fixture.
Step 5: Build Your Bedder Sofa!
Connect your 2' and 3' length pipes with the fixtures as shown.
Set this in front of your sofa.
Step 6: Add Your Mattress...
Right on top.
(To prevent your mattress from sliding away from the sofa, you can use rubber bands to loop the sofa legs to the closest leg support pipes)
Step 7: Add Some Linens, Get Your Pillowcases On...
Make it look nice!
Step 8: Your Guests Will Never Leave!
Now go build yourself your own Bedder Sofa!