As newbies in our beautiful little Scamp
16 certain aspects of living in such a lilliputian home have come to the forefront of our attention. The bathroom was covered under another thread, now I'd like to turn to the bed:
I don't have a single complaint about its size, shape, or comfort, it's when one gets to the making it up part that I'm a little consternated. Since it fits snuggly from wall to wall into the back of the trailer there is only one side actually open to easy manipulation. At 6' I am not tall enough, nor do I have the requisite core strength, to bend over and reach the far side of the bed un-supported. That means putting a knee down in the middle of the bed. Or a hand. And once you do that, pulling the covers over to tuck them in becomes like pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps. Plus, if you use the 'one hand in the middle and one hand to tuck' method you're left tucking in about 4 inches of covers at a time. Tedious.
There is the 'lunge method', where you take a good double handful of messy covers and throw yourself across the bed, hopefully tightening the covers and tucking them in at the apex of your lunge. This is like trying to put your pants on both legs at once; doable in theory, difficult in practice. And if you miscalculate you end up with rat fur under your fingernails.
Modifications of the lunge method include the 'one-handed hop-lunge', in which you combine the 'one hand in the middle' technique with the 'lunge' technique; alternately "hopping" off the bed with vigorous thrusts of the supporting hand while quickly tucking with the other hand. This can also be tried with the 'one knee in the middle' method, and while proponents say this offers the best of both worlds, all it takes is one good head whack against the underside of the overhead cabinets to convince you that this technique is better left to the experts.
There is the 'one hand on the wall while tucking with the other' method. This increases the fore mentioned core strength, and works fairly well except once again you are left tucking the covers in at a rate of 4” per tuck, and not even Superman has the core strength to keep this up long enough to get the whole bed done.
If you have one, you can get your mate involved as an anchor (hanging on to the belt works...kind of) or flying buttress. The main advantage of these two-people operations is the joy of sharing the fun, none of them seem to actually result in a better made bed.
The good part of all this is the bending and stretching exercise it affords. It is like a game of Twister, only in multiple planes since you get to use the walls, which (by the way) are not just vertical, but also curved! Did I mention yet how much fun it is to try to get a good tuck of square beddings on a curved substrate? No? Well...it's fun, but not that fun. And that is why you'll find our bed a generally rumpled mess ALL THE TIME!