It is one of those quiet facts that every famous
who comes to stay at the Steele manor* knows, that in
the fourth bedchamber, serving as the guest suite, also
doubles as the master's study, and that in order to
accommodate the desk, seating area, and requisite baby
some liberties had to be taken. As we
not allow our guest composers to suffer the ignominy of
trying to work out a four-am inspiration on something as
barbarous as an upright piano, the usual 4-poster bed
replaced with a loveseat sofabed.
Now hideabeds are not known for exceeding comfort.
However, as most composers are unnaturally bent-over
anyway and are usually inspired to produce their greatest
works when the least comfortable, it was thought a
It has been pointed out to us though that other guests
who are not famous composers, such as a mother-in-law,
might want to spend the night, and to have a mother-in-
law staying who has not slept well is simply to add insult
to injury. So after days of research, analysis, and
prototype development**, we proffer this solution.
Memory foam mattresses are quite comfortable, but the
thick kind won't fit in a sofabed, nor are very easy to
fold over because of their thickness. If the mattress
were encased in a vacuum storage bag, however, then
the foam could be compressed into a size which could
fit. Care must be taken that the mattress folding be
done in parallel while the air is vacuumed out, as anyone
who has experimented with vacuum storage bags quickly
realizes that the contents become as stiff as a board
when they are fully compressed.
Mothers-in-law, rejoice. Your improved bedchamber is
*that is to say, none thus far, but hey, it could happen
**actually 3 seconds of thought in the shower