Archive for Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Aunt Norie’s sewing room

September 7, 2005

At day's end, one might say to the little ones, "Time to go climb into bed," and that's what they actually have to do -- climb onto the bed.

As an adult, for all of these years, I've just sat down on the bed. But when I got my new mattress and box springs all settled on my old bed frame, I found I could no longer just sit down. My bed was about five inches too high. And when I did get up on it, my feet dangled. "No, no way," I thought. "This is not going to do."

I sat there, my feet dangling, trying to determine what to do.

In the store I had just sat down. I tried them, selected one and now this. My first thought was to toss the box springs, put slats on the rails and set the mattress on them. But I decided that would be too low.

I called my son and said, "Ernie, will you build me a frame of 2-by-4 s, etc, etc."

"Yeah, I can do that."

I decided that before I would toss out the box spring, I'd see how it was made. We pulled off the bottom layer of covering and found a hollow box with a good solid slatted top on a frame, covered with cardboard and then the mattress fabric.

That unit set on top of 2-by-4 spacers on a rectangular lower frame. It was just a big hollow box covered with the mattress fabric. No need for him to build anything. I just cut the fabric loose around the bottom. Then with all of those spacers pulled away from the top frame and the fabric pulled under, tacked it to the bottom of that top. The mattress set neatly and firmly on it and my bed. Well, I can now just walk up and sit down on my bed.

And I've found I'm not alone. Henrietta Bradley gave her new set to her daughter. No way could she get from her wheelchair and up onto her new bed.

Another said, "Oh yes that's the way they are now -- you need a small stool."

And another friend commented, "Oh I just back up to it and just kinda jump and bounce onto it."

Before you buy, also check to see if the mattress is a pillow top on both sides -- no turning your mattress over if it's not. Both sides don't even have to be alike any longer.

-- Aunt Norie, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie 66086; auntnorie@bdc.net

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