Modular Hex Bench

Modular Hex Bench

My Chinook had some folding transforming bed apparatus that didn’t work very well.  Cushions had been lost in Hurricane Sandy and I had rebuilt parts of it to make it half way functional, but it still required two people to operate.   I wanted a system that would slide out.  I ended up designing something like a wooden tank tread.  Here’s the final product installed:

Modular Hex Bench

I scored a bunch of high quality leather for free and the ghosts of cows long since deceased were begging me to use their hides….So I did.  I didn’t have a sewing machine or the patience to do any sewing, especially leather.  I needed a design that would utilized small scraps of leather and allow them to be stapled into a panel, rather than sewn.  Composing a bench of smaller panels is great because it means you can mix and match materials and repair stained or damaged chunks.  You can change the dimensions by adding more modules in any direction.

Modular Hexagonal BenchThe diagram above shows the wooden chain links on the back, the bench upright, and the bench slid out into bed-mode.  In bed-mode you can access the storage underneath.  I store bedding in there so when night falls I can pull it all out.

The design allows for different levels of leisure.  You can put the bed half out and still have a soft spot to lean on.

I think this design could be applicable to any Tiny Home or compact living area.  You can change the curve however you like and the structure will conform.  You can make it as narrow as a chair or as wide as a bed..  Two benches facing each other could slide out and become one sleeping surface.

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