Mostly I’ve just been publishing the ideas that have worked. But this time I’m putting in a failure. It’s close, but just not quite there. I had several objectives for this project. I wanted a bed that John could raise up himself so that he could read if he wanted to. Then, I wanted John to be able to lower it himself when he was ready for sleep. Finally, I wanted it to be under $100 or pretty close to that.
Because John uses a bunk bed, I was able to easily add a $20 steel bar with pulley to the bottom of the top bunk. For John’s bed I cut out two pieces of plywood and hinged them together so that the mattress would bend properly (about another $20). I used a strap we had laying around to strap the mattress to the plywood. Then, the big expenditure was an electrical winch found at Harbor Freight on sale for around $50.
I discovered several problems with this set up:
1. The winch is crazy loud !! I can just imagine John thinking. Ah, I think I’m ready to sleep now. Guess I’ll lower the bed… VVVRRRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHH !!!!!
2. I’d have to figure out someway to hold the winch in place. I can’t imagine bolting it to the floor… that seems a little extreme.
3. John’s fingers aren’t strong enough to push the button for the winch. There exists a wireless control for it — if I could fix the above problems, maybe I would try to see if I could get the control to work with it.