I know this is going to come as a shock to you, but
I tend to complicate things.
I have read about 47,937 This Old House tutorials, mulled over options, and walked the aisles of my favorite hardware stores in thinking mode, for what add up to many (many) hours of my life. I find it thoroughly gratifying to find an out-of-the-box solution to a problem, but the thing is, sometimes it’s not necessary to reinvent the wheel.
Which brings me to…..wheels. Or casters, if you may.
My little Seanie-Mark, boy of a thousand nicknames, has the teeniest bedroom in this house. In our last house his room held two twin beds, and the second bed was utilized for many a sleepover with Sean’s siblings, friends and cousins. In this house I thought we’d use the second mattress for a trundle under Sean’s bed.
Hannah has a metal trundle frame under her bed —
— but honestly, I don’t love it. The metal edges are exposed, and trust me, they are painful on unsuspecting toes! Every time Hannah has a sleepover I stuff bedding and socks all around the metal parts so our guests won’t get maimed. (We bought Hannah’s from the same furniture store that we got her bed at. Here is a similar one.
Sarah at The Yellow Cape Cod posted a great tutorial on DIYing a trundle bed base by adding casters to a sheet of plywood – a much more economical and tootsie-friendly idea than the metal version. With Sarah’s trundle base in mind, we brought the extra mattress from up from the basement, only to discover that it barely fit under Sean’s bed frame; forget about placing it on a plywood base with casters.
For the past year or two, after every single use, the mattress gets stuffed under Sean’s bed without a millimeter to spare. It’s a workout to get it back under there! This was Sean’s “stuffing” technique 🙂 (and yes, he loves the Oregon Ducks!)
To pull it out, two people have to grab hold of the end of the mattress and pull with all our might. It’s kind of funny to think of how long we have lived with it this way, considering how much we use it!