Futon mattress repurpose

My daughter's feline urinated on her futon mattress; thought I might get some repurposing suggestions before burning it.

Posted by Sovereignty 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


snuggle mattress topper

I love this mattress concept http://dornob.com/modular-love-mattress-made-flexible-for-cuddly-couples/ Creating a whole mattress seems pretty ambitious, however a mattress topper of a similar concept  seems like an affordable simple way to emulate the concept. when i started looking into materials I was really astonished by the foam thing. there are lots of different kinds all in different density and thickness. What type of foam would be suitable for a project like this?

Posted by jacqikill 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


CHALLENGE! Make this mattress!?

The "Love Mattress" I have seen this thing on the internet for years, and somehow or another, it's been in the prototype phase for years, and I still don't see it on the market.  It was designed by an Iranian designer named Mehdi Mojtabavi, who apparently is in no hurry to sell the darn thing. http://dornob.com/modular-love-mattress-made-flexible-for-cuddly-couples/  So here is the challenge, if anyone is man (or woman) enough to accept... Make one! If my girlfriend doesn't get one soon, she might throw a Veruca Salt temper tantrum (I WANT IT NOW!)

Asked by OtisDrftwood 7 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Mattress-mobile propulsion

So my friends and I have built a mattress cart. It's basically this: http://s.sears.com/is/image/Sears/07180002000 with the sides down and support bars with a mattress and a box spring on top... So my question is: We need a way of making it go i.e. a motor or pedals or something. It can be gas, man, or electrically powered. Does anyone have any ideas?

Posted by alecaim 8 years ago


Air Mattress base Answered

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.

Asked by emit 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


I am in desperate need of a deflation valve for a queen sheridan air mattress

It is a white valve cap that has two small tabs for grasping. I, unfortunately let a neighbor borrow the mattress and just didnt realize the valve was missing until now........help The mattress is made in China (where else?) and is from Australia

Asked by sunnyb13 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


air mattress pump silencer

I have a big air mattress that I use frequently, but the electric pump is so loud that the apartment neighbors complain.  It takes 3-5 minutes to inflate, which is an eternity of noise when you're setting things up at night.   I just wondered if there might be a way to dampen the sound without having to use a foot pump or just leave the mattress inflated it at all times. Any ideas, anyone? 

Posted by kennan 3 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Any simple shed plans using mattresses as insulation?

There are so many free mattresses out there, which would be great for wall insulation, but im trying to figure out a simple method for building walls that will fit them and still be able to attach the drywall/plywood. plus i dont want the walls to be much thicker than the mattresses are already.

Asked by 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


what should I make from 2 twin inflatable mattresses?

 I found WAYYYY back in the storage closet - 2 never opened flocked on top twin blow up mattresses.  Got any ideas?

Asked by hvetter 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


So I came across this futon frame, the center always sags/folds no matter how hard I cinch the bolts; any suggestions?

The sag occurs where the futon pivots into a sofa. Underside bracing in the form of wood blocks underneath(something like a shim) were tried but any lateral movement of the bed knocked them out.  I reinforced the bolts with 1.5 inch washers but it still isn't doing the trick.  If anyone has a suggestion I would be much obliged, as I am considering just turning it into a coffee table and sleeping on the floor.

Asked by StillLifeWblur 8 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


One way air-valve for camping mattress? Answered

My mother's air bed (camping mattress) has a patched hole in it but it still leaks air. I want to hook up a tube from the mattress to the pump so when she needs more air, she just needs to turn the pump on. However, when she lies on the mattress, the air will reverse out the tube and into the fan-operated pump (the pump circulates air using a fan and has a deflating function). I want to make a one-way air valve so it can't do that. Thing is, I do not know how to make one. Any suggestions?

Asked by josheggleston 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Can you turn the metal frame of a mattress into a giant capitative sensor? Answered

Can you turn the metal frame of a mattress into a giant capitative sensor? Like can you detect if someone lies down on the mattress. What do i need to get this to work?  Thanks, Nadav

Asked by nadav 8 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Has anyone used/made a Schrader-valve (tire stem) adapter for a Coleman mattress pump?

I'm getting too old (or out of shape) to use a manual tire pump on mine and my wife's bicycles. We own a Coleman air mattress with their wall-plug inflation pump. The latter comes with their custom "air lock" adapter for the mattress, and a "pinch valve" adapter.Before I go out and buy a compressor/electric pump for the bikes, I wanted to try using this one that I already own. Has aynone ever used this pump with a valve-stem adapter (Schrader valve) to inflate tires? If so, where did you get the adapter? Or did you make one?

Posted by kelseymh 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago




Fun diy outhouse using a mattress frame & wine barrels

Spotted at a party, this easy to make outhouse / latrine complete with privacy and natural air freshener thanks for a bed of lavender.

Posted by susie 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


I have a Dalselv bed frame and the mattress keeps sliding off. Any idea's on a fix? Possibly adding additional sides?

My mattress keeps sliding down and to the left viewed from the headboard. I have noticed that my bed frame has a lot of leeway making it easier for the mattress to move. I had problems with my first mattress and with my second one. I have a full size bed. Not sure if the addition of boards to the sides, foot and head. part of the frame will help. any other suggestions?

Asked by bluefly1215 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago



I have a sagging metal futon frame that I only use as a couch.

I have a sagging metal futon frame that I only use as a couch. The mattress  is a thick one and it always slides forward. Is there a way to fix the sagging frame and keep the mattress from sliding forward. Maybe even create a cheap couch frame but still using the mattress as cushioning.?

Asked by kool361 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


I have a thermopedicfoam mattress topper that I want to cut into quarters . How to make neat cuts?

I want to make a bed for old dog by cutting the mattress into quarters. Any suggestions on how to bes make neat cuts in the foam. Its about 4" thick.

Asked by BillFL 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Net-Bed / hammock style / Mattress alternative?

Hi Everyone, I saw this bed on a blog and it keeps coming back to me. Unfortunately I don't know anything about it, who made it, and how. I did some research (didn't find the source) but learned that many people consider sleeping on a hammock very comfortable. So maybe this could be used as a real bed? This is a burning question because I'll might have to buy a new mattress at the and of the month but I feel like DIY :) So, any ideas on how to build such a thing, or on how usable it is? Or maybe you are the guy in the picture? ;) Thanks, elbotho

Posted by botho_cc 7 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Doll bedding: How do I make a mattress, bedding and curtains for a doll's bed?

I found this "American Girl"-type bed at Goodwill yesterday.  It measures 19 1/2" x 10 3/4" on the outside.  It has a canopy that needs curtains.  It needs a mattress and bedding. It shouldn't be too hard to make, but I just need help getting started.  Any ideas would be appreciated.  I did search for doll bed, doll bedding and mattress on here and all I got was a cardboard dollhouse.   

Asked by maryshe 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Making a foam bed (concept)

Just had a flash of genius (or possible stupidity). What if you took a mattress cover put it in a wood bok just slightly larger then the cover and filled it with low density expanding foam. Does anyone think the is a possible way of getting a passable diy mattresses?

Posted by lucek 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


How would I make a bidirectional hand pump like an air mattress pump?

I'm looking for a resistance machine like a pneumatic  air mattress pump; two types. One pump could handle maybe 120 pounds pressure. The other would be for about 80 pounds.

Asked by Peter1001 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Looking for ideas. What could you do with the springs from a old mattres?

I got a few old twin mattresses that I'm about to rip up and I hate to just pitch the steel springs when they could be used for something else.  Any ideas out there? 

Asked by RedneckEngineer 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How do you sew cushions together so that they will fold out into a mattress?

I'm trying to complete a cushion project and have a concept, will try it, but, wanted some advice as to whether to attach a full 41" length gusset to three cushions or just on both sides of  the middle cushion, in order to fold out evenly, as a mattress.  What are your thoughts?

Asked by pthreads10 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


bedframe? Answered

I need a cheap easy bedframe to get my mattress off the floor. All suggestions appreciated. Cheap being the operative word.

Asked by lindyj 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


When Design Goes Too Far

Here's an image that's been making the rounds today. It's a bed that breaks down into four pieces that can then be interlocked with the floating bookshelves to form some sort of padded wall/bookshelf. It's just a design concept and not meant to be produced (I hope), but even so it's quite a case of a design looking for a problem. A few shelves on the wall will have a lot more storage for books and you can then store a futon or an inflatable mattress underneath. And do you really want your mattress displayed on the wall?

Posted by fungus amungus 11 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Has anyone converted a waterbed to adjustable airbed?

I have a California King, dual mattress waterbed that I would like to convert to an adjustable airbed, similar to the Select Comfort " Sleep Number" bed. (they cost over $1500).  My wife has a real bad disc in her back, and I have to keep increasing the water level  firmness.  We use a memoryfoam top, with a very firm density of 5.5 lbs per sf, if I recall correctly.  She cannot sleep on a regular mattress (we have one).  Surgery is out (no insurance, unemployed, own too much land, etc, to qualify for aid).  Has anyone tried this? Dublinrun

Asked by dublinrun 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


My daughters new bed do I have to buy a box spring and frame?

Or should the bed come with the box spring and bed frame? Or do I get it from the place where I am buying the mattress? should these be included with my purchases?

Asked by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Magnetics software for designing magnet coils?

Dear Instructables, I need to design magnetic coils for a mattress that would emit a uniform magnetic field. Does anyone know of a basic program that would plot flux density over the coils? Preferably free! Thanks! Mike

Posted by Cburg1 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Girls bed tent. I would like to make a simple tent for my DD. The prob is no bed frame to attach anything to. Answered

She  has a standard size twin box spring and  mattress set.  Something girly and fun, but with minimal hardware.  Thank you for any creative ideas.?

Asked by jodi8727 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


how much weight?

The length of the bed frame is75" and width is 53" the hinges are long the length edge. the drawing shows the dark lines of how the rope is set up. the mattress is a full size 8" coil spring futon (60lbs) 1.5 sheets of plywood at 1/2"x75"x60" looking to find what i need for counter weight and the math to get the answer. thank you for your time.

Asked by labanW 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


How can I make stuffing?

Hello! I love to do amigurumi, but I've noticed that stuffing is very expensive. I'm looking for new way to stuff my amigurumi. I've already had used: stuffing soft polyester fibre mattress and pillow wool absorbent cotton balls of old wool (almost run out of these :D) Any other ideas? I'm looking for a way to make stuffing out of rags. Thanks :)

Asked by MicioGatta 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


College Bed Extender????

Could someone please help me! I'm looking for the easiest way to make my university dorm bed abit bigger (in the width not length ). Right now it is single size, I am hoping to make something that could be added next to the bed that could carry the mattress and person weight. The bed frame is fixed to the floor and is 195 cm long and 32 cm high.Anyone got any ideas ????

Asked by geohan15 11 months ago


Danish Inspired Platform Bed

Well, I did it again.... I published another one of my projects that I started documenting a long time ago (early December :P) It's currently buried on the page ranging from 1200-1215 (when sorted by date :P). So I figured I'd help it get some exposure :PDanish Inspired Platform BedI've been sleeping on this bed since last august and it has survived a few mattress flips and is holding up without problems :)

Posted by trebuchet03 11 years ago


what's the gel made of inside a pressure activated cooling pad? Answered

I'd like to know what the GEL is made of inside those clever cooling pads sold as mattress cooling pads and pet cooling pads. And, can I make my own version for my dog at a considerably reduced price from the on-line stores? I don't want the freezer gel recipe,(water and rubbing alcohol), I need the pressure activated type gel recipe. THANK YOU INSTRUCTABLES COMMUNITY

Asked by 1way2go 5 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


How to turn matresses into a sofa?

Hi guys, I have two fairly old and unused doublesided spring mattresses, measuring 190x90x19 cm each. I am thinking of turning them into a compact convertible sofa that would allow me to sit during the day and sleep when necessary. Could anyone come up with an idea of a chassis to hold the matresses, that would make the conversion process as easy as possible? Was thinking about a chest & rails stuff, but never came up with anything substantial, as my designs were lacking proportions (too deep, too tall, that kind of stuff).

Asked by TomassozzomaT 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Cup warmer plate/tray to install in cupboard

My house is rather cold in the winter, and when I make coffee in the morning I have to manually heat my espresso cups by filling them with warm water. A lot of automatic espresso machines have cup warmer trays. I don't want to buy a new coffee machine. I am thinking it would be possible to place some kind of warming mat under my cups in the cupboard, somewhat similar to heated mattresses / heating blankets. I haven't found any existing products that fit the description. Any input on this? :)

Posted by jaknudsen 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Make your own "Memory Foam"?

Can we make our own "memory foam"? I'd like to buy "memory foam" in a spray can - but I don't think that product is available. I was hoping to find something like "tempurpedic" in a spray can.    I'd like to replicate the really soft top layer as seen in those mattresses. The "great stuff" foam spray cans come to mind.  However, the end result of those is not a flexible soft foam. Would like to fabricate my own custom foam inserts with the material.  Any ideas about making or sourcing materials? Thanks!

Posted by bobzjr 5 years ago  |  last reply 11 months ago


Overbed storage idea help.

Hey everyone, i'm moving into a new room in a shared house and i'm downsizing massively from my last flat so I have lots of stuff and no storage. i came up with an idea of having a bunkbed type frame to go over the single bed in the room but the top would be free for storage rather than a mattress. (I can't drill into any walls) does anyone have any suggestions or ideas how I could do this safely and on the cheap? I can get plenty of lumber and wood pallets for free but need help with the build ideas and instruction. thanks everyone CK

Posted by chrisk203 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Post a Pic - Get a Patch

I've got a few patches to give away, so I thought I'd start a contest that would allow me to see some of your faces. Just post a photo of yourself doing something out of the ordinary before the 15th, and I'll send a patch to my favorite entries. That means you've got one week to put up a photo of yourself being the weirdos I know you all are. Oh, and if your picture needs explaining...please explain it.To start it out, here's one of me mattress surfing in the UF dorms. It's pretty much exactly what it sounds like:

Posted by Weissensteinburg 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Image Does Not Show in Guide

I created and published this quick guide: https://www.instructables.com/id/Avoid-b-and-d-Confusion/ When I view it, I do not see the image I uploaded (an illustration of the word "bed" with a mattress drawn on it). When I try to edit the guide, I see that the image is attached. Please see the screenshot of the edit screen with this message. I did upload the image and it shows as attached to this instructable. The image is a jpg and I did not receive any errors when uploading the image. Am I missing something?  How do I get the image to show up on my guide? (I previously posted this in an established thread with a similar question in the faq section, but I have not received an answer there).

Posted by Anianna 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Building a Platform Bed in an Apartment?

I just moved to a new state/city after graduating college and moved out here with just what I could fit in my car. So i had to buy a few essentials after I got out here mostly a bed, but I didnt want to spend a ton of money  so I just bought a mattress I saw some posts about building a platform bed but I still have some problems doing this I need to be able to build it in my apartment, which has plenty of room because I have no furnitire And I also need to be able to transport it in my car. I can transport long boards by putting down the back seats and opening up the trunk but I wont be able to transport much else. Any ideas???

Posted by rawtunes 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


New house, living in loft, need furniture, help?

I'm moving into a new house. Decided to move into the loft. Basically, it's the V of the roof, like an attic. I can just barely stand in the center, but I expect to do little more in there than sleep, use the computer (at a desk, IE sitting), and poo (there's a bathroom, weird, huh?). I can use an air mattress, so that's easy. Now I just need ideas for a cheap desk (I'd put the computer on the floor, but I sit for hours, because I'm a lazy-ass and a nerd, so it's gotta be comfy) and a way to store clothes (lotsa shirts, socks, some pants, regular stuff) without big-ass bulky dressers. Everything has gotta fit in an attic-style hole in the ceiling and go up a ladder. Ideas?

Posted by mr_goodbomb 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Cheap DIY space savers.

So I'm in the middle of converting part of our basement into a new room to serve as my room.I'm looking for a way to make the most out of my space. My first ideas were utilizing a drawbridge style system to make a foldout table or something like that. the ceiling is entirely exposed.There are cords and beams and pipes everywhere up there.I thought perhaps some sort of drop down storage could be made. This is all I have come up with so far.I'm not too keen with drawbridges,so any help and ideas would be appreciated. the picture is me at age 15 .it shows part of the basement.Not much help. The furnace is behind the door.The door that we have sitting here for no apparent reason. Note: there is large closet already built in against the wall.That should store all the clothes I'll ever need.I'm thinking of purchasing a cheap futon for a bed,as the mattress I currently use is far too big.Does anyone know where I can find some blueprints for simple foldout tables.

Posted by Bando_Red 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Help/suggestions/advice for loft bed at a height of 2.50 m !

Hello everybody, my name is Susanne. I recently moved into a very small but very high apartment in Barcelona. The ceilings in the entire apartment still have the original beams and are approx. 4.50-4.75 m. I am looking for suggestions/advice/help on how high to build. I have been doing a lot of research online already and have been unable to find any loft bed at a height of more than 2.00 m but would love to hear from anybody who has ever had a similar project or can think of a good way to work with height as oppose to space. In addition, I cannot seem to be able to find pictures let alone plans of platforms large enough for a king mattress and then some. I am really looking forward to any suggestions you might have!!!!All the best from beautiful Barcelona, Susanne

Asked by SusanneBCN 3 months ago


I know the subject of backpacking as a sub-topic has been broached, however...

I don't, 'camp.' I backpack. There's a clearly distinguishing difference between what most people call camping and what I do. What many do. Most people who camp don't bother to build stuff from cans and twigs and bottle caps to shave grams. Most people who camp don't seek out a murky pond as a possible water source. Most people don't have to dig a cat hole. Most people don't have to hump in gear. For those of us that do, we tend to have a knack for ingenuity, craft, innovation; and style, if it happens. Backpacking is a philosophy -- the study of the art and science of living as comfortably as possible, with as little as is reasonable and as often as possible, in a place that wants to kill you. Camping is a vacation. I recently posted an instructable for an ultralight backpacking kitchen. I posted it for the sake of people who do what I do, not someone who sleeps in an Eddie Bauer sleeping bag on a Coleman double-wide air mattress. Not that there's anything wrong with that... It just ain't my bag of pool balls. It should follow that 'backpacking' be a sub-category of 'camping.'

Posted by chokapi 5 years ago


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Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Setting up a new apartment, what would you do?

Greetings all, I am soon to move to South Korea and will be sharing a bachelor with my wife on her ESL teaching contract.  I would like to see how many instructables we can take advantage of while there and want to get input from this totally awesome community and what they have used/would suggest to use. Our Goals: - Reduce energy use - Increase healthy environment/food/liquid intake - make best use of small area - nothing permanently altering structure of apartment. Example: The first problem we have to overcome is the problem of a single bed.  While it is easy to say 'just go out and buy a double or an air mattress'.  The problem is that we have to keep the original bed and have zero storage space.  The idea that I found which could potentially help through the use of a Loft Bed instructable which would help us 'lift' the single bed out of our way and allow use to effectively use it for any guest that may stay over as well as get a bigger bed into the apartment. I also saw a really neat instructable using Tesla CD-Turbine and thought maybe there may be some useful electricity to be gained since there is no water bill. Also any number of various LED projects for lights and such. I used this instructable for water filtering at home and will do so while in Korea. Any other ideas would be welcomed!

Posted by DragonDon 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago