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Sleeping With The Washing

aka rotary clothes line mattress
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Sleeping With The Washing is the name given to a new inflatable mattress that you can carry with you in a small back pack.

Instead of being a long narrow shape (like a camping mattress), Sleeping With The Washing rolls out to become a torus form - a bit like a rounded, and nearly closed over capital letter C.

Once inflated, its purpose becomes clearer; that being to allow its well equipped owner to sleep with comparative comfort on the outstretched arms of the nearest rotary clothes line.

There are several advantages to sleeping on top of a rotary line. You are well above ground level, and thus totally clear of snails, ants, and other creeping, biting beasts. The padding offered by the mattress, supplemented by the springiness of the cable lines in the rotary, combine to make for a very comfortable bed. Being continuously curved also offers the perfect alignment for those who naturally already sleep in this position. As an added incidental advantage, the slight conical shape of the supporting lines ensures that the sleeper won't fall off.

Now the next time you are wandering home at 2.00am and stuck for a place to sleep, all you need do is find the nearest rotary clothes line, and pump up your Sleeping With The Washing rotary mattress.

xenzag, Jun 14 2013

Rotary clothes line https://www.homebas...e-40m/12809389.html
...... sans washing and mattress [xenzag, Jun 15 2013, last modified Mar 07 2022]


       I can't imagine why I boned this. Maybe my finger slipped.
Voice, Mar 07 2022

       You can stick it back up your bum now.
xenzag, Mar 07 2022

       Nobody supported Putin's invasion of the Ukraine, so in addition to being the person on this site who most engages in bullying, hatred, nastiness and hostility, you're a liar as well.   

       You're single handedly turning the Halfbakery from the fun and creative site it once was to a very nasty and ugly place full of hate, insults, lies and nastiness. Case in point: //You can stick it back up your bum now.—xenzag, Mar 07 2022//   

       What you're doing in accusing everybody else of that is called projecting. It's you who's doing all of this. Everybody has tried to get you to take a deep breath and just be nice but it's hopeless.
doctorremulac3, Mar 07 2022

       And another anonymous hater joins the others. Ok that's clear enough. Bye bye Bakery. I'll stop posting as of now and delete my account at a time of my own choosing.
xenzag, Mar 07 2022

       I'm a little skeptical about the strength of a clothesline, & also the "offset" load of 1 person on the top. Also depends on the design of the clothesline; specifically the diagonal braces (some are top, some are underneath...).
neutrinos_shadow, Mar 07 2022

       Well believe it or not, when I was a student many years ago, I went to a friend's party in London. Much drink was taken along with other material and I ended up spending several hours in the rotary clothes line in the back garden in a sleeping bag with some cardboard under it to give it more support. This is from where the idea originated.
xenzag, Mar 07 2022

       I had to look up what a rotary clothes line is (your link is broken). I can't help thinking you'd have to make sure the pole is really well anchored to preventing it tipping over, Shirley?
21 Quest, Mar 07 2022

       Of course, but most of them went into metal pipe set into a concrete base so they were quite stable. You don't see so many of them now, but they are quite effective for clothes drying though not recommended for sleeping.
xenzag, Mar 07 2022

       //several hours in the rotary clothes line in the back garden in a sleeping bag//
That is awesome!
neutrinos_shadow, Mar 07 2022

       Actually, I meant I can't imagine why I initially boned it, and meant to state that bone has been reversed.
Voice, Mar 08 2022

       See, I thought that was pretty obviously what you meant.
21 Quest, Mar 08 2022

       That’s what I had thought too. I got very confused thinking I had missed some secret nasty message.   

       I thought “Hey that’s a nice peace gesture.” then thought “Whoa, maybe I missed something,”
doctorremulac3, Mar 08 2022

       //Actually, I meant I can't imagine why I initially boned it, and meant to state that bone has been reversed.//   

       When I read xenzag's response, I understood the other meaning.   


       But regarding the idea, I don't think it's that great.:
I'm not convinced most rotary clothes lines would hold the weight,
there's a tradeoff between rigidity and mass/volume (of the mattress) when dissembled, so I doubt there could be much to prevent a sleeper from falling out,
and it woud take ages to inflate, particularly at 2am.
Loris, Mar 08 2022

       You're quite right. It's not a great idea. It's a halfbaked idea. It also works, as I have testified through direct personal experience.
xenzag, Mar 08 2022

       Yeah, I did see you'd said you slept in a clothes line when drunk. I wasn't entirely clear on how - did you put a blanket over it first? And how did you get up and down?   

       In the clothes lines I've seen, I really do struggle to see this working.
Presumably the gain you get from the clothes-line is the springiness. But if you're inflating a device anyway, that's much less of a gain.
Loris, Mar 08 2022

       I placed some pieces of cardboard on the cables and climbed up via the pole, squeezing between the lines to get into position. I'm very agile and could still manage to do it in the unlikely event of an "ascend into the rotary clothes line" challenge. Rem this was a long time ago when I was with my fellow art college students 24/7 and every situation was seen as an opportunity for invention, provocation, stupidity and harmless (to anyone else) madness. It's a life long ethos for me.
xenzag, Mar 08 2022


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