Watching a Bill Nye the Science Guy interview, the second time this morning (man I had no idea how brilliant this guy was when he was on TV) and he does a thought experiment about the average human having only 70,000 days on earth. “It sux”. he said. It struck me how few days I had left. I calculate, with my family history of men, that I have ten years left, if I am lucky – 3,650 days, to do something big. I am currently compiling a list of “BIG THINGS” to do, in my last three thousand days. The obvious “BIG THING” would be travel, exploring, and seeing the new things I have never seen. The not so obvious is conveyance – for lack of a better word. Conveyance will be my thing, learning and sharing – moving big ideas (or small) from one place to another, from my mind to yours, much like Bill Nye and other heros of mine. I would like to think I could do it on a scale of my heros, but I am realistic. I simply hope to make it interesting, and motivate me to continue to learn, share, and travel…much of the 3650 days I have left – IF i get them.
So I decided that a Queen is TOO BIG for for a Murphy bed on a bus, so the bed simply received a larg leg base, and was bolted to the floor and wall. Looks rickety, but is pretty solid with 4x4s, and lots of brackets and bolts.
Funny thing was, as I finished bolting the new frame to the floor and wall, I realized the box springs were wedged into the corner so tightly I thought I might have to unbolt the frame in order to get it out. Dropping the bike lift out allowed just enough room to avoid the disaster I created.
I am a big guy – 6’5″, standing up and laying down, awake and asleep -so I need a big bed. I sleep on a King-size now, but can do fine with a Queen. I do not want squeeze down into a Twin/Double, so I need to engineer a Murphy bed, or at least a modified Murphy bed. Most M-Beds have a frame the bed folds up into, but I want something simple, easy, that I can fold up as close to the ceiling as possible, then fasten to the ceiling, to avoid crawling across the bed to get to the bike.
The picture above shows approximate height, angle, and elevated position when hooked to the ceiling. I will be building the frame, hinge system, legs/base/mounts. I can make a simple frame, that is functional, but I also want it to last more than a week, as I have a few problems……
- Needs to support a 250+ lb. man, and mattress
- Needs to be light enough to be lifted from the side or weird angles
- When elevated, the bed will have ALL the weight 2 legs.
So here is my plan. Wood frame, thick, metal door hinges.
I assume my plan will change as I build this contraption.