Buying the Mattress
While you can use a ready-made camping or cot mattress or a yoga mat for this bed, it will be far more comfortable if you call a local upholstery company and have it cut from latex or polyurethane foam to the required size. Search the Yellow Pages for “upholsterer” and for “foam rubber” to find suppliers near you. Be sure to ask about density and compression when shopping. The higher the density (best is 1.8 rating or above), the more comfortable. Compression ratings determine the degree of softness. You can also order a foam rubber mattress online at www.efoamstore.com. For a “greener” option, use a cotton or wool-filled mattress.
Simple but Useful
Whether you use this piece in your home or cabin, or even send it off to college with your children, its simple yet practical design will be useful for years to come.