Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Bed Frame for the Whittled Down Caravan

The bed frame for the gypsy wagon is a re-purposed double bed frame that has been sitting in our carport for over a year. We upgraded our bed awhile back and didn't have a use for the simple wooden frame that was a little too low to the ground for our taste. The frame was in bad shape and needed to be refinished before going in the wagon. The pegs that held it together were spent, so we devised a new way to put it together using 2x4 blocks in each corner to screw into. Once we had it assembled and in place in the wagon, we decided it took up too much space. We cut everything down to a width of 4' (a loss of about 5 1/2") and reinstalled it. The bed takes up a more reasonable amount of space now and still comfortably sleeps two.
Our original plan was to make the bed fold into a sofa in the daytime. However, we got anxious to have a sleepable space and we decided that the bed could be easily modified to fold at a later time. At least until we're settled in our new home, the bed will be fixed.
After having to use so much new lumber on the exterior of the wagon, it feels great to be back to using salvaged materials on the interior. Our kitchen counters will also be made of reused material, and our sink and stove are both thrift store finds. All of the rest of the interior shelving and cabinetry should be easily made from salvaged materials too!


jimmycrackedcorn said...

I have been reading your blog for a few weeks now and I find it very fascinating. Thank you for posting your progress. Will you continue posting while you move?

Libby: said...

Thanks so much for the encouragement! The plan is to post updates of our adventures during our cross-country move. Internet access will be spottier but I'll do my best to update regularly!