After the travails of Christmas bed-wise, Kevin decided to keep a lookout on eBay, Gumtree … to see if he could find a similar adjusting bed or at least a bed frame that would accommodate adjusting units like we have at home. As this type of arrangement is much more common in Europe (France, Germany etc) my dad was also keeping an eye on what was available near to them. As is always the case, one morning my dad sent an e-mail identifying the type of bed we were looking for listed on eBay UK and it was located in Swindon! Kevin set to work having several e-mail exchanges with the seller, who was not prepared to let him view the bed or agree a “buy it now” price. So we waited until the auction was nearly finishing, Kevin placed his bid, was the only person to do so and so we got it for the minimum price. We had no idea about what we were getting condition wise, as the pictures on eBay were not very helpful, but off Kevin went to collect the bed, which fortunately fitted in our car. See photos below for what we got …
So stage I the beds are transported to our house. Kevin fitted the whole ensemble into our car! Bed fame, 2 mattresses and assorted electronics. Not perfect but pretty good for £80.
The mattress covers (although looking good on top) were shot on the bottom. So both were immediately removed and chucked away, leaving only the green, foam mattresses exposed – As you can see, they obtained Charlie’s “seal of approval”.
Now to stage II and Kevin set about scouring the Internet for the best price he could find for new mattress covers (each bought one at time so that we could check the quality). Closely followed by an order for two sheets – and now the bed was ready for testing by us humans! Not that we don’t trust Charlie’s judgement, but he does seem willing to sleep just about anywhere. So, popcorn at the ready and we had decided to start the ‘night test’ in luxury by watching a film on TV (sitting reclined in bed) before what we hoped would be a good night’s sleep.
Kevin did join me for the film, but someone did need to take the photograph and although the doors were shut before Kevin joined me. As expected, as soon as the film finished, I laid down to sleep (with my legs raised a little), whilst Kevin tidied round and fed the cat before joining me.
CONCLUSIONS: The bed worked fine, although we both agreed that the mattresses were very firm and that some more padding was required by means of memory foam mattress toppers.
By the time that my parents arrived from France at the end of January, we had collected together most of the bits for the bed and we now needed to see how much they could fit in their car (alongside collection of a grandmother clock). Actually, it was quite a lot and they left with one mattress, corresponding mattress topper + the electrics for the raise space/lower mechanism.
Now Kevin could stack the remaining parts of the bed upright at the back of our living room and we spent a few days living ‘as normal’. We had all discussed removal of the horrible fabric wrapping around the frame, which needed to be done next before we could decide how to proceed. There were loads of staples holding the fabric in place, which Kevin laboriously removed to reveal the horrible construction that lay below – we have no idea (again) of what to expect …
I suppose it would have been a bit too much to expect that the wooden side panels would be beautiful, smooth wood that could just be varnished! However, the crack would need fixing first with lots of wood glue & clamps. Before removal of the fabric, we had considered applying a thin layer of wood veneer, but after looking at the rough construction we were faced with, we have now started thinking about the possibility of using self-adhesive, vinyl planks of ‘fake wood’ and all agreed that this will provide the best finish.
Last stage will be our next trip over to France in March, when we’ll take over the remaining parts of the bed ready to be assembled in my parent’s house. Fortunately, we are arriving in the morning and so Kevin and my dad can have fun all day (if necessary) getting the bed ready for my bedtime. My mum is having a knee operation just before we arrive and so will be having to “keep her feet up”, so while the men are hard at work and looking after us, we will have plenty of time to chat, read, play games & watch TV together.