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This post is part of a series documenting our homebuilt trailer, this post is about the teardrop trailer child bed we installed. Please scroll to the bottom of this post for links to previous articles.
We started planning this project when Max was just a baby, so we thought we had a bunch of time to have him sleeping inside the trailer with us… as it is, we took it on its first trip right around when he turned 6 1/2, so he was much taller than he was at one year old. (As children tend to do)
So we may only have another year or so of Max being inside the trailer with us, before he moves out to the tent next door. (More on that in a later post) When that happens, we'll take out the hammock we've made for him, and put in come cabinets instead.
In the meantime, we have crafted this hammock-style bed for him in the teardrop trailer, which fits perpendicular over our legs when we're sleeping, kind of bunk bed style.
Teardrop Trailer Child Bed
Jamie installed the closet rods with solid wood braces for extra support; they're about 18″ apart:
I stitched the canvas to fit. Pockets running along each long edge, I whipped this up in about an hour, and was able to slide it right onto the rods, and was a perfect fit. Don't forget to hem the short edges first, though, BEFORE you do the pockets.
He was pretty excited about it from the beginning.
UPDATE: We used it for four or five trips last year, and then noticed that the seams were ripping in some spots, mostly where Max would dig in his knee to climb up. We wanted to rebuild it a bit to have more strength, so we tried a different design. For the second time, we made a single big loop of fabric that fit over both poles; think conveyer belt.
I ran a two rows of stitches down the middle of the cot, giving us more stitching and overlap to help support Max ever-increasing weight. It's held up great so far, will update as time passes if we have to do another version.
Next post: Galley Design (and Redesign!)