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Our guest room is currently occupied, and we just received word that some friends will be stoppping over tomorrow evening. We have a pull-out sofa in our library which we purchased for such an occasion but haven't used it yet. There's a bar which goes right across the middle of my back when laying on it, and wonder what could we do to cushion that better? Air mattress would be great, but we loaned it out (the FS one) and those friends are out of town. Any good ideas that are inexpensive (it's only one night)? The current mattress is just a cheap 4" one (we could have planned better, but just forgot).

And NO it's not SP, as we have the kiddie cot reserved for him.<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border=0>

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Large sheet of plywood under the mattress? I had to do that with a bed many years ago when I was just starting out and living in a furnished duplex. That plywood saved my back!

momgoingbroke said: [Q]Large sheet of plywood under the mattress? I had to do that with a bed many years ago when I was just starting out and living in a furnished duplex. That plywood saved my back!

My thoughts exactly...my first place was a studio apt. with a futon for sleeping. I think the "mattress" was about an inch and a half thick. Plywood for support.

9777 said: [Q]momgoingbroke said: [Q]Large sheet of plywood under the mattress? I had to do that with a bed many years ago when I was just starting out and living in a furnished duplex. That plywood saved my back!

My thoughts exactly...my first place was a studio apt. with a futon for sleeping. I think the "mattress" was about an inch and a half thick. Plywood for support.

yup- perfect!! thats all I had in my first studio in boston- plywood is your friend when sleeping on a sofa bed <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

aren't you a thoughtful hostess ruhroh!!!!! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0>

ruhroh said: [Q]Our guest room is currently occupied, and we just received word that some friends will be stoppping over tomorrow evening. We have a pull-out sofa in our library which we purchased for such an occasion but haven't used it yet. There's a bar which goes right across the middle of my back when laying on it, and wonder what could we do to cushion that better? Air mattress would be great, but we loaned it out (the FS one) and those friends are out of town. Any good ideas that are inexpensive (it's only one night)? The current mattress is just a cheap 4" one (we could have planned better, but just forgot).

And NO it's not SP, as we have the kiddie cot reserved for him.<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border=0>Kiddie cot?<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif" border=0>

We slept on an elderly sofa bed the first night we were visiting Mr. HorB's sister this weekend. It was awful! Her son was supposed to put the ply wood under but forgot. Instead, he gave us his bed for the 2nd and 3rd night.


put an aerobed on top

We have plywood but it's not the right size and dh is working late so can't cut it up. I may have to rig up something else.

Thanks for the suggestions--we're just so used to having a guest room available that this sofa issue slipped by.

GamblinGal16 said: [Q]put an aerobed on top

There's a pretty good chance that's what I'll do tomorrow, go find another one.

If your friends are cute girls, merely advertise that fact and selfless FWers will step in to help you out.

StevenColorado said: [Q]If your friends are cute girls, merely advertise that fact and selfless FWers will step in to help you out.

If that was the case, StarPilot would drag his own kiddie cot here all the way from Ohio.<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif" border=0>

ruhroh said: [Q]StevenColorado said: [Q]If your friends are cute girls, merely advertise that fact and selfless FWers will step in to help you out.

If that was the case, StarPilot would drag his own kiddie cot here all the way from Ohio.<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif" border=0>
Loading kiddie cot and sleeping bag in car.<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif" border=0>

I had the same problem with a sleeper sofa I didn't want to spend the $50 extra to get a sprung mattress for. Before I got smart and put wood under it, I folded up some extra quilts evenly across the whole bottom part (don't just pad where the bar is since it will still be very uncomfortable) and put the mattress on them. It was liveable, at least.

Good luck! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

Take the mattress, put it on the floor. Problem solved. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>


Why is no one mentioning the foam waffley type mats you can grab at WalMart? My grandma used to have them on their beds and well, my parents are visiting for a week and I'm facing this dilema with our pull out sofa. No one has actually used it yet. Mom said to wait until they get here and then if it sucks we'll go get one.

This morning my g-friend saved me by bringing over her upgraded, innerspring mattress from Sealy from a sofa they are donating. She took our old cheapo foam mattress and threw it on that couch, so now it's nice and comfy!

And yeah, she's earned a free lunch.<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

I personally think comfort is all relative. What you should do is first make them sleep on a bed of nails, or broken glass or something. Then, when they complain, tell them that ALL you have left is a crappy sofa bed. they will sleep in that as if they were sleeping in their mothers arms.

If you haven't tried your sofa yet, how do you know the bar gets in the way?

Mine has a bar but it doesn't get in the way as it has a thick mattress. You can feel it if you stand on the bed.

My parents had us on a sofa bed in their vacation home. What we did was turn the other way to sleep so that the bar was in between us instead of across our backs. This works if you're not too tall.

handyguy said: [Q]If you haven't tried your sofa yet, how do you know the bar gets in the way?




Uh, laid down on it and felt the bar right away?

The easiest fix of all is to pull the mattress off of the couch -- fold the couch back up and sleep on the mattress on the floor. It works even better if you take an egg crate mattress and put it on top of the mattress with a mattress pad and then the sheets. We spent big bucks on a supposed "top of the line" sleeper sofa. They all SUCK! Save yourself the aggravation and throw the mattress on the floor -- or (even easier) forget the sleeper sofa and use an Aerobed.<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0>

okieopie said: [Q]The easiest fix of all is to pull the mattress off of the couch -- fold the couch back up and sleep on the mattress on the floor. It works even better if you take an egg crate mattress and put it on top of the mattress with a mattress pad and then the sheets. We spent big bucks on a supposed "top of the line" sleeper sofa. They all SUCK! Save yourself the aggravation and throw the mattress on the floor -- or (even easier) forget the sleeper sofa and use an Aerobed.<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0>

I agree! "Sleeper sofa" is a misnomer for sure!

Well apparently they slept just fine, so it turned out well.
Putting on the floor wouldn't have been an option, as this couple is much older than us.

ruhroh said: [Q]Well apparently they slept just fine, so it turned out well.
Putting on the floor wouldn't have been an option, as this couple is much older than us.

Then again, older people are often just very polite. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif" border=0>

HorB said: [Q]

Then again, older people are often just very polite. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif" border=0>

Very true!
And my mattress setup has me too spoiled to want to try it out for more than a few minutes, either.

When I buy a sofabed, I look at the mattress to make sure its thick.



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