DIY or Do It Yourself is no longer a strange word to today society, there are various stores provide tools, equipment or materials for DIY works. Formerly, people DIY on little kinds of stuff like handmade boxes, key chains and so on.
Nowadays people move to bigger challenging objects, home furniture, such as homemade cushion cover, homemade chair…and homemade camping cot, it sounds cool, especially when they try to find out the easiest and convenience way to come in a term of how to make the best camping cot by themselves.
When it comes to a term of a cot, people might think it is a small and thin bed, portable bad. Campers preferred a cot since it can be folded easily into small size and lightweight.
Camping activity is good for people to explore and experiment the nature; it is good for mental (e.g.: connecting people) and physical (e.g.: exercise) aids, too. However, the question arise as of how can you spend your night with the “wild” surrounding? You definitely need a camping cot.
There will be various stores offer camping cots out there, you can buy one, don’t ever count in the factor of comfortable. Because commercial stuff uses to design for common sizes, one-size-fits-all stuff, so do camping cot, it doesn’t fit exactly to your size.
No worries, there is one way to be a win-win situation, you can have one fit your size yet comfort enough to your trip, DIY camping cot combine with PVC might be a new idea, but it would give you completely flexibility camping cot according to your size. Follow guideline here to work out your PVC camping cot.
Guideline to work out your PVC camping cot
You will need:
- Schedule 40 PVC pipe, 1 inch of PVC for an adult will secure enough and take on easily under water. If you wish for more secure, go for 1 1/2” to 2” pipe. If you want more security and stability, you could use schedule 80 PVC pipe.
- A ¾ inch of PVC for children weight 200 lbs.
- 3 way PVC connectors x 4
- PVC pole (10’ lengths) x 4
- 2” (long 5/8) carriage bolt x 4
- 5/8” cap nut x 4
- 5/8” washer x 8
- PVC pipe and cap x 4
- Heavy thread
- Heavy duty needle
- Sewing facilities (machine and tools)
- Measuring tape
- Drill and bits
- PVC cement
- Canvas (waterproof and firmly)
Steps to work out your PVC camping cot
First step: measure your size
- There are a million methods to measure your own size, you can apply different practices to come out a final size. Or you can measure through the mattress. Your bed always be your comfort zone ever, so if your mattress is able to lead you to a coziness, then use the mattress as your size, it just has to be sure you are comforted with it.
- On the other hand, if you are not sure to about your bed size, online information will do a result as your references. It would save your time somehow. Let’s say your final size come out as 78 inches of length and 36 inches in width.
- If you are taller over 6 feet, you support to have bigger and larger canvas. Make sure you have prepared it well.
Second: mark and cut
Use measuring tape to mark down two pieces of 78 inches’ length and 36 inches’ width (made for 2 sides). As your 3-way connector with the open connectors is ready, place the frame on, mark down the connector and pipes, use your drill to create some holes through each side connectors.
Washers need to be inserted into the holes through carriage bolt, and another washer on bolts then finished through cap nuts. A little bit complicated but it would assure your cot from shaken and take up easily.
Third step: camping cot’s legs
It depends on how long and high you want your cot to be. You need to have 4 legs or 4 pieces. The legs are important, it has too strong enough to held you for long without collapsing and interfere your moment. Connect those legs to your frame. 3-way connectors can use as an additional strength for better withstanding, use bolts to insert and secure the legs.
Fourth and final step:
- Cut out the edges then sewing with heavy thread and heavy duty needle.
- Triple stitching to secure the seams.
- Prepare your canvas ready
- Put on two pipes slightly go through each side of the canvas, make it up a little bit tight since the fabric would easily loosen by times.
After the whole process of complicating stuff, you are almost there. Basically, your cot is ready to use, but if you ask for nicer and attractive, add on some colors as your favor to your cot; consider light color for more comfortable and close to nature.
One more thing before finishing, you need something to store your tools every time assemble and breaks down. Recycle your old jean’s pocket or any old textile to create a wallet, this uses to store washers, cap nuts, and bolts.
DIY projects required certain crafting skills, but if you never try whether you are able to work it out or not, you will never know what will be your real ability. DIY help you from wasting unnecessary money yet still get what you wanted. Plus, you can improve your personal skills as well.
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