Join Date: Jan 2012
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After years of sore backs from sleeping on every type of foam I could find, and some expensive mattresses, I threw out the foam, and replaced it with a couple of layers of thick carpet ,over a single layer of foam underlay. The pain disappeared in a couple of nights.
My fathers house has several beds, but I can only sleep on them two nights max ,before the back pain returns. So I sleep on the carpet, no problem. A friend with a bad back said the carpet on my bunks eliminates her back pain in a single night.
If nothing else works for you , try a couple of nights on the carpet. The hardness takes getting used to , but the back pain disappears quickly.
I've never sewn a berth cushion. I just staple the covering over the foam onto a plywood bottom.
I originally used fabric covers. Once the foam got wet, there was no drying it til spring, even in hours in the laundromat dryer. I switched to Naugahyde, and have never had wet bunks since. Spill something, and you simply wipe it off. Later, I switched to Sampson, a 3 ounce loose weave polyester, saturated with PVC; far tougher, cheaper and available in wider widths than Naugahyde. Don't like sleeping on plastic? Throw a blanket over it, or your original fabric covers. No problem. I've had none of the moisture and condensation problems people with fabric covers are always having trouble with. Solved the problem 40 years ago.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"
Last edited by Brent Swain; 01-23-2012 at 04:45 PM.