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Old 08-17-2013, 07:24 AM   #29
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I think he mentioned something about a queen bed set they had.. look higher up the list..
it is cool for sure. wish i had the time and place, (and AS) to take on such a project.
Thanks Carl.

Getting obsessed with a project has a way of creating more time than what you thought you had ...

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All these restorations and modifications take lots more time than forecast.

Remember, that as far as we know, the only man to get things done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe.
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Nice job, I like the rotating heat duct and the tambour doors under the bed.
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Very nice indeed.
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The curved pieces & most of the visible (finished ) surfaces were simply salvaged from the original Queen bedroom components that came with the Airstream...just kind of re-configured to their new purposes. The port side bunk had some new red Oak pieces along with the tambour doors finished in acrylic clearcoat but most of the new plywood etc. is stuff you can't see.

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Hi Evan,

We've been studying your original post about converting to twin beds and are in the planning stages of doing the same. Can you tell me what the blue material along the walls beneath the bunks is and what it's for? Also, to what did you attach the wood on the top of the bunks along the wall? I can't see framing on that side. Thanks so much! I'm getting very excited about doing this project! We are hoping to be able to reuse the queen pedestal and framing without buying additional wood; although I do love your tambour doors.

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Well done conversion. I am wondering though if the head end of the beds could be done differently. I like to sit in bed and read, which means propping up against a head board of some sort. The curved walls don't make that too easy, although you can pile pillows I suppose. What I was wondering is if there is enough length to allow a squaring off at the head in some way, to make it more like a headboard? (Sitting here without a ruler, or I would go measure!)

I wish we had given more consideration to twin v. queen.
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We were just out measuring. The longest length is 80 inches, so you'd have to deduct for the curved wall. I can check when I get back to the camper. I was just thinking, like you, of using throw pillows when lounging against the wall.
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80" sounds like there is some room then. Thanks! I think I could make do with a 68" bed length measuring the flat portion from head to toe.

OTOH, I would have to consider resale value if I made the beds too short!
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These images show the Airstream mattress details in case this helps.
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Great Job

This is a great job, very detailed and excellent photo's, thanks for the inspiration.
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Hi Evan,

We've been studying your original post about converting to twin beds and are in the planning stages of doing the same. Can you tell me what the blue material along the walls beneath the bunks is and what it's for? Also, to what did you attach the wood on the top of the bunks along the wall? I can't see framing on that side. Thanks so much! I'm getting very excited about doing this project! We are hoping to be able to reuse the queen pedestal and framing without buying additional wood; although I do love your tambour doors.

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Hi Carol,

Sorry for the slow reply. we are en route back from our last planned camping trip of the year.

Thank you for your kind comments & interest.

The blue material along the walls is high density foam sleeping pad material for backpacking. Since the heating ducts run through that space & a little extra insulation & padding for cargo under the beds would be welcome, I thought I would add that. I was thinking of adding some of this above the bed platform in a removable way ( with snaps?) to reduce the cold wall contact but now that we've been sleeping in the mountains in sub zero nights, (Celsius not Fahrenheit BTW) I'm not sure that I will. It's pretty ok as it is...

If I understand your other question correctly... The plywood decking of the bunks is attached to the walls with 1" aluminum right angle (L shaped) linear stock. I just emulated what the factory did by cutting out triangular wedges along the horizontal ( supporting) edge to allow the material to curve and conform to the curved walls & plywood. The aluminum is simply screwed to the inner skin with sheet metal screws.

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I hope those lousy iPhone images give you the information you need to make sense of that.

I was able to reuse a lot of the queen bed materials. The curved bases & laminated material in particular were very welcome; but I think you should expect to have to buy some plywood & a few pieces of oak or similar stock to finish the job.

Good luck with your project.

My good wife & I very much appreciate the more useful space this new configuration gives us.

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Well done conversion. I am wondering though if the head end of the beds could be done differently. I like to sit in bed and read, which means propping up against a head board of some sort. The curved walls don't make that too easy, although you can pile pillows I suppose. What I was wondering is if there is enough length to allow a squaring off at the head in some way, to make it more like a headboard? (Sitting here without a ruler, or I would go measure!)

I wish we had given more consideration to twin v. queen.
Hi.

We just pile up pillows.

I relocated the reading lights closer to the glass to allow for a better angle on the books.

The beds are reasonably long but the curved head areas do reduce the overall area a little.
If I were to do it again, I would opt for 6 inch foam instead of 8 inch to allow a little more free board above the mattress line.

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This is a great job, very detailed and excellent photo's, thanks for the inspiration.
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