The ‘standard’ layout of beds on a narrowboat tend to be ‘fore & aft’, and quite narrow. We are used to a super king size at home and whilst we accept that we will not be able to have a similar size on our boat, a king size should be possible if we swing the bed round to be across the beam.
How practical is this?
Any advice would be welcome.
I included some information about beds in the newsletter I sent out on 20th February. Yes, you can swing the bed around but you’ll need to add and remove a section of matress every time you go to bed/get up in the morning. Either that, or climb over your bed every time you want to get from one end of the boat to the other.
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According to the brokerage where I bought my boat cross beds are becoming very popular. If you buy a reverse layout boat, with the bedroom in the bow it will lessen the need to lift and remake every day. My bed is 5ft wide. Length is obviously restricted by the width of the boat.
We converted our in-line bed for a cross bed and all I’d say is consider how tall you are.
I’m 5’8″ and need to sleep a bit on the diagonal, but sleep much better with the extra width. Note where the rad is (if you’ve got one) as this takes up a few more inches wherever it’s placed.
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I too have been looking at the matter of beds as I’m 6’5” and a good nights sleep is an important part of life.
At home we have a 5′ by 7′ water bed which is lovely and comfortable and whilst I’d love to keep it, it’s not very practical on a narrowboat for many reasons.
I have looked at many different options for beds and they all seem to have their own problems for me. Pull out beds and cross beds inevitably mean a sectional mattress which involves joins which can always be felt when lying on them and worse can pull apart during the night leaving a hole. They also mean they have to be made up every night and dismantled every morning.
Whereas standard beds set along the length of the boat are restricted in width to 4′ or at best 4′ 6”so as to allow people to get past.
I think I’ve found the solution for us which will allow us to have our usual 5′ by 7′ bed (albeit with a normal mattress).
I first saw this system on a prototype boat at Crick last year and have subsequently found ways to achieve the same results either DIY or as part of a boat build.
There are several pictures of the system here, http://www.wall-beds.co.uk/wal…..y-bed.html however most of them show the bed in a headmounted setup. A sidemounted bed would be needed in a narrowboat.
The benefit of these beds is that when you put them away in the morning, the bedding is simply strapped down with a couple of straps and then the bed is simply folded away with the gas struts helping with the weight. At night you just pull it back down and undo the straps and you’re good to go.
The system also means that the bedroom floor is accessible when the bed is in its stored position so perfect for boats where the engine is under the floor.
If you are on a budget there are other websites where the gas ram strut kits can be bought and the bed frame can be built up separately thus allowing almost any bed size to be created. Do take into account commonly available bedding sizes if you make a non standard bed, as if you get into needing bespoke sheets, the price of bedding goes up exponentially.
Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.
I am 6’4″ and find my cross bed fine – 6’3″ I think. The mattress was tailor made so fits exactly – join not felt and does not pull apart. Remember the join is at about knee level.
You will struggle to get a 7′ bed in a narrowboat unless you are getting a build and the height will restrict where you can go.
When we fitted out Lyra we decided on a cross-double. Being short (5’5″) this was an easy solution to wanting a wider bed. As has been noted in an earlier post, the mattress join is at the foot end so doesn’t cause any problems.
If you ‘re taller then I would suggest the solution which was common on Canaltime boats. No front entrance, and limited well deck. This allows the whole front to be available for a fore-aft, 6’ bed. Luxurious!
Of course the downside is access to the front for mooring, but people soon get around that problem. You also must have a second means of escape from the boat in the event of an emergency, This is catered for by a side hatch with ladder.
This is something that we have just decided on and we are doing exactly what Bob has said. We did not feel that we would use the bow end and would rather use this for internal use so have pushed the bulkhead up into the bow. My husband is over 6 foot and so we are having a full size bed in the bow. Having a hatch in there too for emergency exit if needed.
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try http://www.edbed.com they were great for me
http://www.victorialinen.co.uk do some very good quality bespoke bed linen. All manufactured in the UK and they can make bedding for boats. Not much about boat bedding on their website but if you give them a phone call on 01706 220 020 they will help you out and can send you samples. We got very good service from them and also got some of our items embroidered with our boat name on the bedding
This might be useful. I found a company who make really strong metal beds to any length width or height plus they give our bed a 5 year guarantee and the wife had loads of colours to choose from They also make mattresses any size and bed linen too. This is the link http://www.madetomeasurebeds.co.uk
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