Mattress is finished…

This dark greenish fabric (with a slightly blue component) came from JoAnne Fabrics.  I hope to buy enough more to make the dividing curtain(s) for the bulkhead wall.  Won’t that look nice with a matching bed mattress and curtain(s)?

It was easier assembling the mattress than sewing it.  First impression is that it is a winner.  See the brand new pillow?  Kohl’s department store keeps sending me these $10 coupons for free merchandise!  The pillow (Chaps brand) is exquisite and only cost me $1.26 after the coupon.  Wow!

The bed is 35 inches wide (I had to go a little wider than I wanted ’cause I am a big guy…  It is only 70 inches (5’10”) long.  (I am also 5’10” long).  No problem.  I do the face down, feet dangling thing anyway.  This should work just fine.

Lessons learned:

1)  Give yourself extra fabric.  If you want a certain size, add several extra width and length inches to compensate for mattress thickness.  You’ll be glad you did!  I had to cut things down a little because of that.

2)  Contact cement has an incredibly powerful odor.  I a chose to let my mattress gas in the house for a few hours and it was overpowering. Open all the windows!

3)  Memory foam is cool stuff but at the same time it’s kind of like trying to manage bathtub suds. It kinds of oozes and gets away from you a little bit.  It squishes kind of weird.  Don’t feel bad about trimming a lot.

4)  Carpet pad sucks to work with.  It tears easily. Handle it gently…