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Waking up in the gutter; not always a bad thing.
If you've ever spent time sleeping on a couch or chesterfield, then you've discovered one of life's great secrets: the oft-maligned snoozing contraption is in some ways more comfortable than a real bed; the backrest and slanted seat produce a "nest" effect of security and comfort.
The V-Bed is a
convertible backed-bench/single-bed, designed to capitalize on that.
Two 1œ ft wide, full-length boards, loosely joined along their length, are supported at both ends by the frame/armrests. Spoked wheel handles, positioned under the armrests, set the angles of the boards: flat + flat for an unassuming flat single bed; almost upright + slightly angled inwards for the traditional sofa effect (which is the default for its "couch" setting); a slight or pronounced symmetrical V for a full nest, upholstered gutter; even an obtuse angle, for those who would like to pretend they're jungle cats snoozing on a tree limb.
Another adjuster can (slightly)tilt the entire bed to one end or the other.
A single-sized futon mattress provides cushioning, and is kept from sliding off by a bit of well positioned velcro.
(It's also doable in a double, but accomodating two people comfortably precludes most of the angles available)
Prior art, also expounding the virtues of cockroach husbandry.
[FlyingToaster, Nov 06 2015, last modified Nov 07 2015]
Variation on the theme [Vernon, Nov 07 2015]
||Couches rock... weird thing is, if you sleep on one for a week or so straight, the first couple nights back in a bed it feels like you're going to fall off, which was the inspiration for the post.
||The design of this device is a bed that folds lengthwise in the middle, where both halves can be set at any angle, to give the best "sleeping on the couch" experience possible, with customizable angles.
||When the halves are angled to make a sitting couch (ie: one flat, the other vertical), it's more like a shallow bench with a short backrest, because the mattress isn't very wide. Which makes it lighter and takes up less space.