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How to Custom Make A Bed In A Model S

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by mmh, Jul 26, 2014.

  1. mmh

    mmh Member

    May 11, 2014
    My future plans include Tesla camping, and the most important part of camping is, of course, a good nights sleep inside a $100,000 car.

    My height comes in at 6 feet 2 inches. I initially was concerned I wouldn't fit without doing some major modifications to the car to fill in the trench between the rear and front seats. Thankfully, that wasn't the case. My feet hang off the end, but after years of sleeping on matresses too small, it feels nostalgic. Surprisingly both my wife and I fit in the rear fairly comfortably.

    In the future I may add a 2nd layer of the memory foam, though I'm pretty happy with how comfortable it is currently.

    Things you will need:
    1x Queen Lucid Linenspa 2 (Best reviewed memory foam topper on Amazon)
    1x Queen Duro-Med Convoluted Bed Pad
    1x SHARP pair of sheers, if you need a pair I recommend Fiskars
    1x Sharpie to mark where to cut.

    Lay the foam out in the car push it down tightly into the floor area and outline where to cut with the sharpie. Make your cuts wider than they need to be. The foam will sqeeze in and it makes it have a "fitted" look. Try to keep the extra foam pieces as large / long as possible. The left over pieces will be used to provide extra padding between the trunk and the 3" lip where the seats fold down.

    (Note the extra layer of blue foam, there's also an extra layer of memory foam there too but it can't been seen in the picture. The two extra foam layers make the height difference unnoticeable.)

    (Face blurred, don't need images of me on the internet)

    Now I'm all set to go camping in a climate controlled tent with built in memory foam mattress.
  2. reddy

    reddy Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    Amarillo, TX
    Very nice installation.

    How do you keep the AC running? If nobody is in the drivers seat, doesn't the AC shut off ?

    It could get pretty stuffy overnight.
  3. andrewket

    andrewket Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    VisibleTesla and scheduling. Send a command every 29 minutes to turn on the air.
  4. LMB

    LMB Member

    Mar 9, 2013
    South Shore Boston
    (LMB spouse)

    Or you can leave it in neutral and set the E-brake from the console.
  5. jarred767

    jarred767 Member

    Jun 29, 2014
    Bend, OR
    Really nice mod, I've slept in a few cars over the years for camping or on road trips, but nothing comes even close to this setup.

    I love seeing cars used for their upmost potential. Pretty sweet!!
  6. Raffy.Roma

    Raffy.Roma Active Member

    Jul 22, 2012
    Rome (Italy)

    Good idea. But I would have installed the bed the other way round (180° shift). In fact aren't you uncomfortable to sleep with your head at a lower level with respect to your feet?
  7. andrewket

    andrewket Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Won't work. Can't have the car in neutral and charge at the same time. I just camped in my model S. Trust me, the only way so far is using the API; visible tesla, the tesla.js tools, or the phone app.

    We purchased a Coleman SUV mattress from Amazon. It worked well. We did sleep with our heads towards the front of the car because of the slight elevation change. My wife and I are not that tall; I'm 5'7" and my wife is shorter. I could see sleeping the other way if you needed more space. Legs hanging off the end is better than your head.
  8. Alysashley79

    Alysashley79 Member

    Oct 4, 2013
    Seattle, WA
    Just did this last night at a nice dark supercharger. Wasn't planning to, however the hotel we'd booked over booked and there weren't any hotels within 100 miles of us and we didn't want to drive all the way home at 10pm. Worked pretty well! +1

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