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How to Make a Bed For Your Bed! DIY Camping

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by High-Gear, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. Jun 20, 2010 at 7:19 AM
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    High-Gear

    High-Gear [OP] Zombie Killer

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    The wife and I are about to embark on our first 10 day overland exploration trip. We will be living out of the Taco as we explore 10 states and Ontario Canada. I had looked into Airbedz, and Truck Bedz, but ha a hard time justifying $165 for an air mattress which we could only use in the bed of the truck. I tried to find an air mattress which would fit, but either they were too small or too large to fit in the bed. Then I came up with this solution….Cost $0!



    I went to a local business which manufactures foam. They make all types of densities and sizes. I spoke to one of the floor supervisors and explained to him what I needed, and he told me to give him a few weeks and he was sure they would have a cut off end or other piece of scrap which would work. I did not have high hopes on this scrap, but I though I’d give it a try.

    A week later I got a call to come and pick up my foam, and to my surprise there was a 3” thick piece of black foam waidint for me, cut to 52” x 60”. This type of foam is about the same density as the foam that comes in Pelican cases and will be perfect to sleep on!

    Here are step by step instructions on how to measure, cut, and make a case for your own foam Truck Bed!


    1) I used a piece of cardboard to make a template. I measured the offset of the wheel well, then transferred the measurements to the cardboard. I cut it out and double checked the fit in the truck.

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    2) I laid the foam out on the living room floor, and placed the stencil on top. Unfortunately I did not have a silver sharpie to trace the stencil, so I used a razor blade to lightly score the foam.
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    4) ***Warning *** If your wife is not cool, do not attempt this step while she is at home
    Next I used the wife’s electric carving knife to cut the foam. I have used this before to make custom cutouts for rifle cases and it works great. The trick is to let the knife do the work and slowly glide it through te foam. Do not push the knife through.

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    Here is a test fit:
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    Save the cut off ends, as I was able to cut them down, and put them into the pillow cases, sew around them to make them tight and wound up with two camp pillows for free!

    5) I wanted to make a slip cover for the bed so I took an old queen sized sheet set and laid it on the floor . I used a marker to trace around the foam, leaving approximately a 3” space all the way around the foam. I repeated this on both the fitted sheet and top sheet, then cut them out with scissors.

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    6) Now a Tailor I am not, but I turned the top sides of the sheets against each other and sewed two seams around the perimeter, leaving the wide end open. When this was finished, I turned the sheets inside out, and put the foam inside. I then sewed the last end of the slip cover closed.

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    7) Here is the finished product with pillows!
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  2. Jun 20, 2010 at 7:21 AM
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    HomerTaco

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    Now it's a shaggin' wagon!!!:D
    nice job!
     
  3. Jun 20, 2010 at 7:25 AM
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    4X4 aggie '13

    4X4 aggie '13 Well-Known Member

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    Very nice! I also found that a twin bed mattress fits right between the two wheel wells, but fitting two people in a twin isn't fun. Why don't you just use two regular pillows?
     
  4. Jun 20, 2010 at 7:28 AM
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    High-Gear

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    Because I didn't MAKE our normal pillows! :D

    Just kidding! We will take our regular pillows to sleep on, but these smaller ones I thought we'd use around the camp where they might get knocked in the dirt that way we don't have to sleep on dirty pillows. Just handy to have to prop your feet up and such. I threw them in for the photo.
     
  5. Jun 20, 2010 at 7:29 AM
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    swervin22

    swervin22 "Obviously, You're not a Golfer..."

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    Did you lay on it yet? How comfy was it? Could prolly get some egg crate foam for the top of that for some extra padding, then roll it up when not in use. Either way, good job on the bed, and I hope it fits your needs!! Also, take lots of pictures of the journey!! Sounds like quite an awesome vacation!! Have fun!!
     
  6. Jun 20, 2010 at 7:31 AM
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    High-Gear

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    We laid on it to test it out for firmness and space. It seems to work just fine but the true test will be how we feel at the end of the 10 days. We'll keep the egg crate foam in mind.

    I'll post a thread about the trip with pics when we return.
     
  7. Jun 20, 2010 at 7:32 AM
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    ColtsTRD

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    Dude thats bad ass! Good thinking on your part!!! Its looks amazing...in fact i'm getting sleepy just looking at it :thumbsup:
     
  8. Jun 20, 2010 at 7:35 AM
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    JM76

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    nice work! have you given it a test run as far as sleeping in it goes? Have fun on your trip and don't give those guys at the border a hard time eh? Feel free to drop my name just tell em Canada sent you!:D:D:D
     
  9. Jun 20, 2010 at 7:46 AM
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    NAYo2002

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    Great work! to sleep in a short bed though, you two must be short lol.
     
  10. Jun 20, 2010 at 7:56 AM
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    paintdiddy

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    nice work. i would have to double up the foam.
     
  11. Jun 20, 2010 at 8:03 AM
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    el_smurfo

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    Yo Dawg...I heard you liked beds, so I put a bed in your bed.

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  12. Jun 20, 2010 at 8:04 AM
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    hendooman

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    X2, a long bed wouldn't even fit me.
     
  13. Jun 20, 2010 at 8:06 AM
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    Looks great. And you saved a good deal of money by making it yourself! Rep for you!
     
  14. Jun 20, 2010 at 8:13 AM
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    Nice work I like it, one thing for sure if you had a long bed you would be able to fit aero bed in that thing. Lids love the camping on the back and no need to for tent especially in rain.
     
  15. Jun 20, 2010 at 8:18 AM
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    My wife is 5' nuttin'. Oh she'll tell you she is 5'2" but I wouldn't believe her!

    I'm 5'9 and sleep on my side with knees pulled up anyway so I think the short bed will work. We have a tent just in case, but I'm thinking positive!
     
  16. Jun 20, 2010 at 9:56 AM
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    rofl. i like this. even busted out the sewing machine.
     
  17. Jun 20, 2010 at 4:37 PM
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    skistoy

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    This would be great for the Drive-in
     
  18. Jun 30, 2010 at 8:44 AM
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    LMAO. Pimp My Ride

    Great job btw man
     
  19. Jun 30, 2010 at 9:52 AM
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    Did you think of cut it threes or four, so you can fold it up.
    Like a Store foam mattress.

    this little more sewing
     
  20. Jun 30, 2010 at 10:45 AM
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    :D Exactly what I was thinking
     
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