During the first lockdown in March 2020 I decided to take my thoughts, creativity and aspirations about visualising a dream sequence to the next stage. Being restricted to my house, garden and one hour of daily exercise meant that I had all the time in the world to design and make a bed which could be used on location.
I spent many happy weeks in the garage drawing up designs and working through the physicality's of creating such a prop. I had some key points on my checklist:
It needed to be light enough to carry for a long period of time over rough ground
It needed to look like an authentic bed
It had to be quick and simple to put up and take down
It needed to fit the dimensions of an air mattress
It had to take my weight
It needed to fit into my car / and 80l rucksack
It had to be able to withstand a great number of shoots
You might think me mad to even try and attempt to tick all those boxes. But I managed to create a lightweight flat-pack bed which indeed ticked off all of the points on my checklist.