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Sleeping in Space?

When we think of outer space the first thing that comes to mind is the vastness of the area. A vastness with no end in sight, in other words limitless.

All kids at one time or another want or think about becoming an astronaut. Of course very few follow that dream it’s not an easy profession to get into.

Today the requirements for becoming an astronaut are vastly different than before. In the fifty’s for instance you would need flight experience, a background in engineering and be shorter than 5′ 11”.

But by 1964, NASA began searching for scientists to become astronauts. One qualification for a scientist-astronauts was a doctorate in medicine, engineering, or natural science.

Although this is still acceptable it’s not the only way. Today a US citizen must meet the following criteria. A bachelors degree in biological science, engineering, physical or computer science.

The candidate must also have at least 3 years of related experience, or 1000 hours of pilot in command

time on jet aircraft and the ability to pass the NASA long duration physical.

When they finally become an astronaut and go to outer space it’s not a simple life there’s lots to do. Plenty of maintenance and experiments to do as well as 3 meals a day and 2.5 hours of physical activity

At the end of a long day comes time for sleep, how does an astronaut sleep? How do they stop their bodies floating around after all there’s no gravity.

The solution is simple, they sleep in small compartments around the size of a phone booth, strapped loosely in a sleeping bag. They may sleep without floating away and in any direction they wish.

Each personal sleep compartment is equipped with a sleeping bag, pillow, a lamp, an air vent, a personal laptop, and a place for their personal belongings.

Astronauts are allotted 8 hrs of sleep per day but often sleep for only 6 hrs. Ear plugs and eye masks are often used due to the noise from air conditioners and other machinery.

Some astronauts prefer to sleep outside their personal compartments, they can secure their sleeping bag to the floor, the ceiling or the wall. In space it’s just as comfy sleeping on the floor as it is the wall.

Since people are used to sleeping on a mattress the astronauts sleeping bag has a rigid cushion to exert pressure on their back allowing a better sleep.

Although it may seem a strange way to sleep for us, the astronauts report felling totally refreshed, and who knows one day we may all sleep that way.

Unusual Beds – Some Of The Strangest Beds Ever

I have written numerous articles about beds, all manner of beds. I have talked about regular beds, futons, Murphy beds, hide a bed, bunk bed, trundle beds, platform beds, rollaway beds and even four poster beds.

So while this is still going to be an article about beds, I thought I should cover some unusual ones. In fact these beds are mostly children’s beds but they just might leave you wishing you were one.

Take for instance the Race Car bed, your youngster will love these beds. These beds look like race cars and are available in different models and a multitude of vibrant colors.

As well as race cars there are pirate ships, Thomas the train, and even fire trucks. Imagine the fun your child would have with one of these beds he would be the envy of the neighbourhood.

The playhouse loft bed, this is a great bed for boy’s or girl’s. This bed incorporates hours of fun with your child’s imagination to create whatever world they wish.

It’s built to look like a tree house, with the bed up top. You can if you wish even purchase one that has a twin over twin bed, just like a bunk bed but still looks like a tree house.

How about an L shaped bunk bed? Some of these beds are designed to fit into smaller rooms. You can create different configurations to really suit your needs.

These beds are great for study, storage as well as sleep. There are plenty of models to choose from, some even incorporate a full size bed as the bottom bunk.

One bed I thought was very innovated and would be great for kids, was the light head board bed. These beds have fully illuminated head boards.

You can personalize it by using your own silly photos, family favorites or decorate for each holiday season. Some of the head boards even boast their own multi functional remote controls,

If your looking for a great bed that will easily accommodate more than one or two children, then give this bed a look. The bedz king twin over twin stairway bunk bed with twin trundle.

This handy bed provides 3 beds in one, it also boasts 3 built in drawers for added storage. The trundle bed hides away during the day saving space, but is very easily pulled out for your child’s guest.

It’s simply amazing the numerous beds that are available on the market today. Beds of every type as well as shape and color, it would certainly be great to be a kid with this many choices.

Adjustable Beds: Are They For Everyone?

When most people think of beds they think of different sized box spring and mattresses, they think of comfort and sleep. There’s a lot more to beds than just that.

Beds not only come in different sizes but there are many diverse options to choose from. For example there are Divan beds, Sofa beds, cool Rollaway beds that can be hidden away, Sleigh beds and even Futon beds just to name a few.

The one we will cover today is an extremely useful bed known as an Adjustable Bed. These beds are commonly used extensively in hospitals and senior homes across the country.

They are the perfect bed for people suffering from all sorts of medical issues. They are also useful when someone is ill or disabled.

They can be adjusted to numerous different positions and provide perfect support for the body. The bed has options to raise or lower the foot-end and head-end.

These beds are now being used in thousands of homes across the country. As they are considered ideal for their adjustable features.

If you are suffering from back aches, muscle stress, or pain this bed is the right choice for you. Whatever your body requires you can rely on this to turn into a desired comfortable option.

Not only have these adjustable beds added new functions and comfort to the traditional sleep sets. But whether you need to ease discomfort or do your work in bed or even watch a movie. This bed can give you the comfort and convenience your looking for.

Many of these beds also offer advanced features. These beds are no longer just for sick people but for anyone desiring a better nights rest.

A few features that you may be interested in are the LED under bed lighting system. Or how about programmable positions, customized massage functions and many more.

Actually these beds no longer even look like hospital beds. In fact many can even fit into any standard bed frame, allowing for the use of head and foot boards.

So if you are in the market for a new bed, with a little research on your part you may find the Adjustable bed is the perfect bed for you.

The Interesting History of The Mattress

a mattressWhen thinking about beds what comes to mind? Where did they come from?Well no one knows who first thought of them. But what we do know is that for many centuries in many cultures the bed was considered the most important piece of furniture in the house.

And was also a type of status symbol.

Beds were used in ancient Egypt as more than a place for sleeping, beds were used as a place to eat and entertain socially. According to history the earliest beds were shallow chests in which the bedding was placed.

Well, certainly beds have come along way since the 15th century, as during the renaissance, mattresses were made of pea shucks, straw or sometimes feathers, stuffed into coarse ticks, and covered in velvet.

Then by the early 18th century the mattresses were stuffed with cotton or wool, then by the mid 18th century mattresses were filled with natural fibre such as coconut fibre, cotton, wool and horsehair. The mattress was tufted or buttoned to attach the stuffing to the cover.

Covers began to be made of linen or cotton. In 1857 the coil spring was invented and patented for use in chair seats. Then in 1865 the first coil spring construction for bedding was patented. By 1871 the German inventor Heinrich Westphal invents the innerspring mattress. He later died in poverty, never having profited from his invention.

Late in the 19th century the box spring was invented, making mattresses less lumpy. And by the 1930s Innerspring mattresses and upholster foundations became widely used, and artificial fillers became common. Frames like trundle beds and rollaway beds quickly became common.

Choice and comfort are key words in contemporary bedding. In addition to an almost unlimited range of innerspring mattress designs, new types of foam cores (such as memory or visco-elastic foam and refinements to traditional latex) as well as air beds, water beds and high-tech adjustable sleep sets offer consumers attractive, quality alternatives.

Pillow top mattresses, a popular innovation in luxury, offer an extra layer of soft cushioning, and single sided no flip mattresses are common.

So there is a lot to be considered when in the market to purchase a new bed or mattress. When it comes to size, the most popular by far is the queen size mattress, it is rated as the most popular due to the fact that most master bedrooms can accommodate a mattress of this size.

While size is one of the easier decisions you will have to make, what type of mattress will be the hard one. There are so many available on the market these days, there has been an explosion in the type of materials and methods used to produce them.

As a customer you may find the ever increasing options a bit overwhelming, but just keep in mind there is no particular mattress type that will be suitable for everyone.

But it is nonetheless helpful to know the kinds of mattresses available and the durability, comfort, satisfaction and value of the choice you make.

The Trendy Trundle Bed

While there is an wide assortment of beds available on the market today from Captain beds, Hide-a-beds, Day beds, rollaway beds and many others, the bed I have chosen to discuss today is the Trundle bed.

trundle-bedThe Trundle bed has been around from the 16th century, they usually had smaller platforms than regular beds and have rollers so they maybe rolled out from under a regular bed for use, they are built to hold a mattress, so box springs are not necessary, as the wooden frame work was usually oak and the suspensions were made of rope or leather.

This is where the old saying “sleep tight” comes from as the leather or rope would frequently need tightening, nowadays the beds have wooden slats that serve the same purpose.

Large family’s and small houses made for common use of this handy space saving bed and became more popular in north America after it’s colonization than they were in Europe.

The Trundle bed is available in different styles, for instance the roll out trundle, this bed is low and therefore can easily be stored under any regular twin size bed and can be rolled out whenever its needed, also this bed can be purchased with drawers that are very convenient for extra storage.

The beds are made of superior quality metal for durability and provides plenty of support and are designed to keep the mattress in place. You can even choose the colour of the bed with options being Black, Blue, Silver and White, the variety of colours make it compatible with all types of decor.

If you children’s room is short on space and two regular twin beds would leave no room for them to play, and definitely no space for their friend to have a sleepover, then you should consider the twin over full with trundle. This handy space saving bed is ideal, it’s essentially a bunk bed on top with a full size bed below and a trundle expertly concealed beneath.

The Trundle bed is not only convenient when needed, but hides away very neatly during the day to provide extra space for whatever you prefer to use it for.

Rollaway Beds: All you Need To Know

rollaway-bedWhile there are many great bed options, one of the most versatile in my opinion is the folding or rollaway bed. These beds come in a multitude of sizes, with several excellent mattress options.

Most rollaway beds, like the ones found at Rollaway Beds For Sale: A Comparison Of The Best Folding Guest Beds, are built with robust metal frames, specially designed to be strong and stable to support various weight capacities. In fact some of the larger ones are able to support up to 300 lbs. These extra large beds are built with anti collapse mechanisms to assist in unwanted collapses.

Another feature of these beds are the fact they are simple to pack away, and surprisingly very lightweight for easy handling. The mattresses are also large, 30 inches wide and 72 inches long and are flame retardant for added safety.

While most folding guest beds are flat when open, there are one or two manufacture’s that produce some beds with the ability for the upper top end to be raised or tilted for added comfort and convenience.

Rollaway beds come equipped with wheels or casters for easy moving ability and there are many types of casters to choose from and your choice should be made with your flooring in mind. For instance will you be using the bed on mainly carpet, tile or wood? Different types of casters work better for different types of floors.

The polyurethane casters are great for wood floors as well as carpet, while the grey rubber ones would be a better choice for tile or ceramic. All the casters are designed to help move the bed easily and safely, without causing any damage to your flooring no matter what type you have.

The mattress options are endless, they come with pillow tops, memory foam, different thicknesses and density. You can can choose to purchase a soft mattresses, medium, firm or even extra firm depending on your needs.

Another thing worth mentioning about rollaway beds is the price, there is such a wide range of prices you are sure to find one that fits your budget. A good thing to keep in mind when purchasing a rollaway bed is how often it will be used and where it will be stored, although rollaway beds are designed to take up minimal space and most can easily fit in a closet.

All in all rollaway beds are comfortable, convenient, easy to move, simple to store, priced to fit most budgets and are a wonderful addition to any apartment, cottage or home and you can be assured your guest will have a restful, relaxing nights sleep.

Captains Beds and Sleigh Beds

captains-bedIf you are thinking of purchasing a new bed for your son or daughter a really good bed to keep in mind would be a captains bed, this is one of my favorite beds.

A captains bed is basically a specialized platform bed, with either shelves or drawers built into the bottom for easy accessible storage. This style of bed is extremely popular in homes with limited bedroom space. While numerous company’s make these beds it is also possible to purchase a modular kit, and thus build the bed from various elements which you fit together yourself.

As the name implies the bed design comes from the beds used on-board ships. On ships, space is very limited and a regular bed would not be as practical for the space, so raising the bed and adding storage was designed as a builtin for ships to maximize the available space.

It also makes sense why the beds were built-in – first and foremost stability, safety and space.

A captain’s bed can be stand alone this provides flexibility in the arrangement of the room and provides more storage space. The design of these beds varies, they can come with storage in the headboard as well as the foot board, they can be equipped with shelving or drawers or even roll out storage from under the bed.

While a captain’s bed is great for kids it will also accommodated adults, in fact some heavier adults prefer these beds as they happen to be extremely solid and sturdy.

brodsworth-sleigh-bedAnother of my favorite beds would be the sleigh bed. This bed first appeared in the 1800s during the French and American Empire periods. These ornate beds feature a beautiful curved head and foot board, and low side rails. This unusual design was made to resemble a horse drawn sleigh, and were originally made of wood.

While these beds were originally designed for one person, and mostly used as day beds, today the sleigh bed is an elegant piece of furniture and can be purchased in twin, double, queen and even king size. Over the years only two slight changes have been made to these beds, while originally the head and foot board could be curved in or out, however out is now more favorable in the modern production of these beds as it allows for more space.

Also they were initially only built from wood and are now available in iron, steel and aluminum, the choice is yours but I believe the wooden sleigh bed has got an ageless charm, and makes an elegant addition to any bedroom.

The Simple Divan Bed

divan-bedWhen we think of a bed we all have an image that pops into our mind, but if you dig deeper and explore the different types of beds, you will find a diverse range of options.

So if you are in the market for a new bed it is best if you researcher your options first, thus ensuring you get the right bed for your needs.

First you should take into consideration the size of the room, best if you measure it to be sure, then you may want to take into account the shape of the room, some rooms are not a good fit for certain beds. For instance does the room have lots of windows, or is it a very odd shape, this will affect the type of bed you end up with also the size of the door, if you purchase a large bed, will it fit through the door?

Now you are ready to explore your bed options, if it turns out that you would prefer a bed with storage, one very good choice would be a Divan bed. Divan beds are practical, functional and provide ample storage space. The bed it’s self consists of 2 main parts, that join together with a bracket. The base is made of wood and sits directly on the floor, it is usually about 3 feet tall with a lifting cover, therefor providing excellent storage.

There is a very extensive range of styles and designs for these beds, and come with different storage options like, zip and link, sliders and even drawers.

The Divan bed is very useful to furnish a small bedroom, as it has a large amount of storage space allowing you the option of doing without a large bulky dresser. This bed is considered fairly modern, when in fact it has been around for hundreds of years, and was popular in the Middle East around 1300- 1400 hundred, although at this time were more like a sofa that gradually developed into a bed.

Divan beds may seem less elaborate than most other beds, but when accompanied with an attractive headboard add an instant fashionable look to any bedroom. So if you are looking for a modern bed with lots of storage then the Divan bed may be the right choice for you.

The Incomparable Futon

futonsThe Japanese invented and refined the futon. The mattresses are made with a fabric exterior stuffed with cotton, wool, or a synthetic batting and are often sold in sets including the mattress and duvet.

This led to William Brouwer inventing the worlds first sofa bed in 1982. William Brouwer was a woodworker who had spent time in Japan and loved the Japanese design, he also knew the Japanese slept on the floor with their futon and rolled it up every morning. This way they could utilize the space and thus it becomes a dual purpose room.

He also knew if it could be rolled up it must be very flexible and this gave him the idea of folding the mattress into a sofa bed.

The futon is an ideal piece of furniture, it serves as a couch by day and a bed at night, it’s also great for small spaces like an apartment or a mobile home. Another advantage of the futon would be the fact you can have an extra bed for your guests without a designated room that you would need for a conventional bed.

Futons are available in many different styles and are made of finished wood like oak, ash, pine, maple and cherry. The type of wood you choose greatly affects the price, while metal frames are also becoming popular. A high quality metal frame futon can be a stylish addition to your living room decor.

Fully upholstered frames that look like a traditional sofa are available on the market today. If you like the look of a couch but want the functionality of a futon this would be a perfect choice for you.

Futon covers have also changed and are available in a multitude of colors and fabrics, they simply zip on and off making it easy to change the look of the futon and the decor of any room, you could purchase several covers and change the look whenever you feel the need.

The futon has two main types the bi-fold and the tri-fold. The bi-fold being the most common, in this style the mattress is folded in half on top of the frame, the frame then slides into a flat position for sleeping.

Bi-fold futons come with different sizes of mattresses and as the mattress has to undergo much folding an unfolding they are generally made of synthetic materials.

Tri-fold on the other hand are built to save space and have thin mattresses to allow it to be folded over the back of the frame in a couch position. As these mattresses are thinner they are not recommended for continuous use.

The modern variation of futons can definitely enhance your sleeping arrangements and be an asset to your decor.

Murphy Beds – Everything You Need To Know

murphy-bedThe Murphy bed is named for William Murphy, who applied for his first patent around 1900.

According to legend, William was dating an opera singer, but living in a one room apartment in San Francisco, the moral code at the time frowned upon a woman entering a mans bedroom. Murphy’s invention converted his bedroom into a parlor, enabling him to entertain who ever he wished.

Earlier fold up beds had existed at the time and were available for purchase, but Murphy’s bed introduced the pivot and counterbalanced design for which he received a series of patents. Murphy beds are excellent for space saving purposes, and are very popular where floor space is limited, such as small homes, apartments, mobile homes and college dorms.

Recently these bed have under gone some changes, and are now available with many options such as lighting, storage cabinets and even office components, they have also seen a surge in popularity since 2010, this was due in part by the weak economy and many people choosing to renovate their homes rather than purchasing larger ones.

Most Murphy beds do not have box springs. Instead the mattresses lie on a wooden platform, it is held in place so it does not sag when the bed is placed in the closed position. Several other variations are available, including bunk beds, and beds with tables or desks that fold down when the bed is closed.

Space saving and convenience in a cabinet, who would of thought they could look so elegant, both in design and function. These beds and cabinets are available in twin, double, queen and king sizes and can be customized to fit any width. The cabinets come in a variety of different colors and stain choices that will compliment any decor, they are an attractive addition whether used in an office, spare room or apartment.

Another reason these beds are beginning to become more popular sort of like futons is the fact that they do not need a dedicated room like a conventional bed. This give you many options for the use of the space, you may wish for say, a craft room or office, play area or even an exercise room the choice is yours. When your guest arrives you open up the cabinet and pull down to reveal the bed, and you can rest assured your guest will have a comfortable and relaxing nights sleep.