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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-design

Best Answer 7 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.

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emitRe-design

Answer 7 years ago

Yup that is what we did. Thanks

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yokozuna

7 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.

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aerayyokozuna

Answer 7 years ago

I see that you've beat me to my own Instructable.

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emitaeray

Answer 7 years ago

If you come up with something, let me know

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aerayemit

Answer 7 years ago

I'll give it some thought. How big is the mattress, inflated, and how much space is available in the Jetta?

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emitaeray

Answer 7 years ago

OK, the mattress is 60 X 70 aprox and the jetta is a small car seating 4.

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aerayemit

Answer 7 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.

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emitaeray

Answer 6 years ago

Sedan

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emityokozuna

Answer 7 years ago

Sorry too big, we have a VW jetta

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aeray

7 years ago

+1 for seandogue. You may want to strap them together to prevent creep, and to stabilize them.

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Nostalgic Guy

7 years ago

How about putting another couple of air mattresses underneath it?

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emitNostalgic Guy

Answer 7 years ago

Interesting idea, not sure how stable it would be. Will give it some thought. Thanks

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NachoMahma

7 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.