Compared to a bed with expensive mechanical lifting aids, it's going to feel heavy. You will be supporting the weight of one end of the platform and mattress when opening and closing the bed. For many this will be no problem, and for others it could be a struggle. Lori is around 5’ 4” and 120 lbs and can manage any of these beds, but she's had some practice. Our general recommendation is to lift with a partner, especially if you're on the smaller side or don't have much strength. Lifting with your legs and with good posture is also key to using the bed safely.
We get very, very few messages from folks who built the bed and found it to be heavier than they expected, and almost no one has said it's too heavy to use.
Our tips for making lifting easier:
- Decrease the weight of your bed by building with a lighter wood, such as pine and other softer woods. These weigh less per board foot than harder woods like oak, and have the added benefit of being less expensive.
- Use a lightweight mattress, such as a conventional inner-spring or latex foam mattress. Memory foam mattresses are incredibly heavy and not recommended for this use.
- When in doubt, lift with a partner. Have your guests help you!