After living for the first three months in our newly remodeled Airstream, we quickly realized where we went wrong. The biggest regret was not building in two work stations. The second biggest regret was the two twin bed set-up. We thought this was the best way for space concerns but when we decided we desperately needed a second work station, we decided the two beds needed to go. We came back to Atlanta in March to begin round 2 of our remodel. We basically just swapped our living area with our sleeping area. We opted for a full-sized bed in the front of the Airstream with a desk in the corner. In the rear, where the twin beds used to be, we built in a sofa on one side and a desk and storage on the other. Where we lost some floor space up front, we gained even more in the back. We are thrilled with the new layout.
Here’s a look at our first remodel with the twin beds in the middle of the trailer and the sofa in the front:
Here is a look at the new (unmade) full-sized bed in the front of the trailer. Details on the build of the bed are here.
The awesome folks at Tuft & Needle sent us one of their amazing mattresses for our new bed build in Mavis. This mattress is a dream. We slept on a Sleep Number bed for the first seven years of our marriage and thought that was the greatest mattress. Nope, not even close. I’ve tried a few foam mattresses at stores over the years and nothing has compared to Tuft & Needle. Also, they’re American-made and Certi-PUR verified so you can rest assured you aren’t sleeping on a bed of poison like many foam mattresses you find these days on Amazon. Another big reason for foam – they are a perfect Airstream mattress replacement as they can be slightly nipped with an electric knife for the perfect fit. When you center the bed in the front of the trailer, you keep from having to cut the mattress to an odd shape on the ends to accommodate the curve. In the following photo, you can see where the mattress doesn’t quite conform to the rear wall curve.
We started by removing the zippered cover on the Tuft & Needle mattress. Underneath that is a surged mesh cover. We split this cover at the seam to expose the foam.
To trace the curve, you’ll need a piece of cardboard, a marker and some sort of guide to trace with. In my case I used a metal rectangle I found laying around in the trailer from the remodel process. You then drag the object (my metal rectangle) along the wall and hold the marker at the end of the object to trace the curve on the cardboard. It’s hard to explain but hopefully you can see what I’m talking about from the photo below.
You should come up with something like this below. I then cut along my line and held the shape up to the curve to verify it was the right size. This guide can be used for both sides of the mattress if you have centered your mattress in the front of the trailer.
Below, we have flipped the mattress to be able to easily make the cut. My mom traces the curve with our cardboard cut-out.
Next, you make the cut with the electric knife. If you want to be more precise, you can flip the mattress and trace the same curve and cut from the bottom. We just made two passes with the knife from the top since the mattress is a beast to flip.
Below if the finished curve. We then stitched the mesh cover back on and then zipped the mattress back up! It’s a perfect fit!