I got my first AS one month ago and am LOVING IT! I knew when I ordered her that there was a good possibility I would want a queen... BUT I didn't like the way the queen plan made me feel boxed in with the corner column closets. And it seemed you lost a lot of usable closet space due to the curve of the body.
So I picked her up on Dec 27th. Got her home (her name is "Sylvia" since she's silver) and spent 2 nights on the Twin before I knew I had to convert her to a queen+ bed.
So, I had two small IKEA tables that are pretty lightweight. I placed a rubber-backed rug on the floor between the Twins to help ensure there weren't any floor indentations made. I purchased a piece of Blondiboard at Lowes (3/4-in). It's nicely finished, NON-pliable, lightweight. I cut it 33" x 56". I then took the two IKEA tables and sawed off the legs to make them the exact height (adding plywood thickness) of the Twin bed base height. Then I turned the IKEA tables upside down and screwed the plywood into the FEET of the tables. This way the weight is evenly distributed and there are no real pressure points on my floor. I added support frame to the hallway end as that is were the majority of pressure would be for getting in/out. That ended up being 33" across by 14 1/2" high.
I ordered a mattress from Rocky Mountain Mattress Company... and it fit perfectly!
The most challenging part of any of this was putting sheets on it! Got a King size Flat sheet....did a little trimming to tuck it around the nightstand...then just used sheet straps to secure it around the corners. Purchased King flat sheet for top sheet and King quilt for top cover.
I'm going to "finish" the look at the hallway section by putting to two tensions bars up with fabric cover. That way can still store stuff under the center of the bed.
It sleeps great...LOTS of room now, and I still have easy access to the closets at foot of bed (end of hallway). AND I get to enjoy having the Panoramic windows, Nightstand, and TV facing us, and a real open feel
AND best of all there nothing "permanent" about it... we can easily convert right back to factory Twin if we ever want to for trade-in or upgrade purpose.
Total cost $465
$325 - mattress
$80 - Plywood/support beams
$60 - Linen
Already had tables
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