“ Brand: Argos / Type: Airbed / Mattress „
I bought this camping bed last year after I'd slept over at a friend's house and her dog was somewhat over-enthusiastic in her wake-up routine, bursting my blow-up bed. Much as this was to everyone else's amusement, it left me with no portable bed option, and as a group of friends we often stay at each other's homes and I used the bed once every couple of months.
Initially I was going to replace like-for-like, thinking the bed I'd bought had been good value and had lasted quite a few years. But then I spotted this as an alternative - and it was actually cheaper than the replacement blow-up single bed. It looked ideal for what I needed so I ordered online and picked up that day. (It's currently £12.99 in Argos, but I've spotted the same thing in B&M for £9.99 since - grrr).
I was really impressed with my purchase - it was a tidy and quite small cardboard box and inside the box was a smart looking green canvas bag with a black carrying strap containing all the elements to the bed.
Then we come to the big downfall... I happily put it away until I needed it without giving it a trial! You can probably put the pieces of the story together a lot better and quicker than the bed itself was put together. ...A group of 40-something women having a girls night in, and at bedtime, having consumed a not insignificant quantity of wine and vodka have to assemble the bed! Well - not exactly a group, my willing helpers didn't stay willing or helpers for long, watching and laughing was a much better sport.
The bed is a canvas base and through the two edges of the base you thread two long poles. The poles each consist of four smaller parts which have to be put together in the right order first. The poles need to be slid through the sides of the base so that the holes in them are aligned with the openings in the canvas, because these are the holes in which the legs need to be fitted. Once the poles are in place the metal legs (which are four single moulded pieces of thin metal (>1cm diameter) need to be inserted into the holes, and everything fits together very tightly in order to give the bed stability. Fitting metal together very tightly involves quite an extensive amount of pushing and slight-bending to get all the elements to slot fully into place.
Getting everything properly aligned and pushed into place is extremely difficult. In fact on that first night it was almost the point of defeat. It must have taken two of us about 30 minutes of huffing and puffing trying to set it up. Since then it has got easier, probably due to practice and also maybe the elements of the metal are maybe slightly more workable. Oh, and maybe because now I always make a point of putting it up when sober, in advance! The poles are put together in no time and it takes about five minutes in total to get everything up and running.
Once the bed is up I find it great and I much prefer it to the blow-up bed. It's a sturdy base which gives more support throughout the night than the blow-up bed did, I've used it about 5 times and it shows no sign of give or of losing that support, although I guess that's hardly heavy wear. The sleeping surface isn't huge - the actual dimensions of the bed are 180cm long x 59 wide, and it stands 17cm high - and whilst I'm quite short in height I'm not what you'd call "small" by any means (!) but it's more than adequate for me. Having said that I don't really ever move round much in my sleep and especially not after a "few" drinks!!
Every time I get my bed out with the girls it always brings back the hilarity of that first night, but I feel like I get the last laugh with a good night's sleep and none of the aches and pains the settee or the blow-up beds used to leave me with.
EAN/MPN/UPC/ISBN: 3407129. Polyester canvas. Steel frame. Carry bag supplied. Size H18, L180, W59cm. Packed size H4.5, L66, W17cm. Weight 2.6kg. Maximum user weight 110kg.