Tough Furniture Bed Project.

Sleeping is believing…

Added on Sunday 26 August 18

It may sound odd, but my bed is probably the single most important thing in my home. If i had to choose between say my Bed and my Phone, i’d choose my bed in an instant.

By providing a platform for me to rest, feel safe and recharge my bed is the foundation of everything else. It’s the energy source which i tap for everything else in my life.

To than end optimising my sleep environment has been a ongoing project for well over 10 years. I’ve slept in bed tends or custom beds since i was about 14!

The most recent iterations have been a collaboration with the Tough Furniture company. About a month ago, i had my first night in the second version of our design!

Getting to bed 2.0

I first worked with tough furniture about ~2 years ago. I needed a new bed as my old bed was a bit of a safety hazard. It didn’t really work well unless someone else was around to help me lift the side. This wasn’t very helpful so we wanted to find something i could use with more autonomy.

Tough Furniture designed me a new bed. It still had sides, but they where solid and had dips to allow me to get in and out.

This bed was an instant success. It worked great. I was safe and enclosed (which helps me sleep) but i was also able to get in and out alone.

However, over the 2 years its been in use we’d spotted a few ways i could be improved.


The improvements we had in mind where pretty simple and luckily only required changing the bed sides and not the bed frame.

We made two changes:

  1. Viewing / Ventilation - the only bed got very hot and i was limited in room layout as i needed to be able to see the door. We added viewing and airflow slits to the bed to solve these issues.

  2. Handles - i can’t always feel my hands very well. This can make getting in and out of bed tricky. To make it easier, we added a couple of handles near the entrance dips for easy entry and exit.

So far.

The changes so far have been good. We changed the sides when i moved home and they fitted perfectly. During the heatwave i was able to use a fan to have enough cooling. The vision slots make viewing the door easy which has also helped my sleep in a new place.

Final thoughts.

The team at tough furniture are awesome. They have been really friendly and helpful. The bed itself is also incredibly strong and robust. It’s survived many a meltdown.

I mentioned before that my bed is really important. If it didn’t work then i’d have less energy to use and i’d probably fall out of employment. I certainly wouldn’t be having flying lessons!

To this end, i think my bed is perhaps the most important thing in my life and i am really glad that we have managed to evolve something which works so well.


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