I chose to have a stationary bed. After years of living in The Escape Pod, I knew that I did not want to pack up a bed everyday. Making a bed every morning isn’t a problem for me, plus my days are usually spent sitting on the bed, working.
First things first.
I bought a new full-size foam pad and a thin foam topper and cut them to the shape of the bed loft, which was approximately 65-inches by 48-inches. To do this I used my t-square and a serrated-edged knife.
DO NOT DO THIS WITH GEL FOAM. My foam pad was old school foam.
My bed platform is solid – in an effort to keep it separate from the storage space beneath it. I’ve seen other builds using slats to keep the air circulating and to decrease the chance of mold. My VW Bus had a solid platform for over two decades and I didn’t have a mold problem with the mattress. Maybe this would be different if I traveled to places with more humid climates?
Once it was cut, all I had to do was plop it on the platform and make it up! I just used my regular blankets and pillows. I totally ditched the sleeping bag in this build. I did purchase a new comforter at IKEA which offers two kinds – warm and cool. I chose a warm one, and it is actually rated better than the sleeping bag and is a lot warmer.