As I mentioned in last week’s post, I’m devoting September to more extreme forms of minimalism. Although I’m currently settled with a new house and baby, my soul is still that of a wanderer.
When my husband and I lived nomadically, our largest and heaviest possession was our roll-up Ikea mattress—and boy, was it a royal pain to drag around! In hindsight, it would have been much easier to carry individual “beds” such as the following:
Even this “sofa” looks more portable than the mattress we had:
I imagine an inflatable mattress or good old sleeping bag could work, too (and be even more lightweight); however, I’ve never spent more than a few days on either of these and can’t vouch for their long-term comfort.
(I’d love to wander through Japan, and enjoy the culture’s traditional sleeping arrangement: a thin futon on tatami mats. Since the tatami itself is a few inches thick, it creates a much more forgiving base than a hard floor.)
Of course, you can (and we did) eliminate the portability problem by renting furnished sublets; but that can also mean living with more furniture than you’d like, and sometimes an uncomfortable bed to boot! In fact, my husband spent a few months on a camping mattress, because our sublet’s saggy-soft bed hurt his back.
In writing this post, I’m certainly not suggesting anyone sacrifice comfort in the name of minimalism–it’s just me indulging in my new nomadic fantasy. I hope others find such ideas useful for guest bedding or small living spaces, or just have fun daydreaming along with me.
So has anyone out there abandoned a traditional bed and/or mattress for something more compact, portable, or space-saving? Please share your experiences and recommendations in the Comments!