Pallet divan - Turkish pallets ;-)

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Blog entry by mafe posted 09-22-2016 10:34 PM 623 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pallet divan
Turkish pallets ;-)

Here it is, the hangout and sleeping divan I build this summer in Turkey.
South West Turkey is hot in the summer, really hot, so a place to sleep looking at the stars or hanging out after sunset. In spring and fall it will be a perfect place for the mid day also, so I look forward to the next visit to our little house by the sea.

We did not really needed a place to hang out, I did that really well in the hammock, but it was a dream of Filiz my finance and I could easy share the dream of sleeping there arm in arm or being able to hang out there with guests.

First step was to visit our mattress man, as always when you do shopping in Turkey, you are invited for tea and conversation. (We could learn a lot from this).

Then he cut us a mattress, we had it sized so it will fit in the back of our van, in this way we can use it for camping also.
The choice this time was foam and not cotton filling, since it will be outside and we were afraid the cotton would be too heavy and not do well with moisture.

Found some fabric he had removed from some old blankets, the father was able to put these old pieces together and make two covers out of it, amazing since it was really worn. The father was shaking his head, he could not understand why we did not want new fabric and that we were willing to pay him for this.
But the vintage architect was really happy.

On our way home we passed a industrial area and found all the pallets we needed for free.
I took also some half pallets, since I had some ideas…
Here Filiz are cleaning some of these half pallets.

Me, I went up on the roof, to see if I could make reality of the drawing I had in my head.
As you can see the pallets are not the same, but together they are just the length of the mattresses and they will not be visible once the divan are put together.

Some old foundation concrete blogs were laying in the back of the garden, these now came to use.
Six in total, lifting the pallets of the ground, this to make a good sitting hight and to keep animals out.

Here you can see the wonderful mattress covers and how they sewed straps on, so they can be made into one.

This was the only fabric left once he had made the covers and I made him sew a wee pillow from this, to keep the history.

It seems to work!
But get out Filiz, I am not going to stop here, it is going to be a divan and not just a bed.

Ok, I will give it a little test now she is gone.

My local friend Ahmet seemed to be curious…

But work went on and here you can see the plan I had for the half pallets.
I only used nails to put it all together.

The only part that needed sawing was one of the half pallets for the back, since I wanted it to cover the full length of the back.
I enjoyed to use a Japanese saw even it was hot.
(Yes I brought a Japanese saw to Turkey). ;-)

Tempting to stop working and get back on the divan…

Ohhhh but we are expecting guests and I can see they are arriving now!

So the last nails went in and a wonderful old goat hair carpet I bought from some local farmers was wrapped around a bunch of pillows.

Test time, if you look carefully it is possible to see I was soaked wet from sweat, working at 40°C / 104°F is hot, hot, hot.

Time for final details.
I had a mosquito net that I wanted up so we can sleep there at night.
Used a pair of tent poles that I fixed to the divan by bending some nails around them.

That’s it!
Roof divan ready for the guests.

Here at night with some light.

Not a bad place to hang out, to enjoy the moon and the stars.

All done now.
Please notice the beautiful old bridal chest, we bought in Mügla.

I have to say I am pleased, it has become a wonderful place to hang out and we have slept there with great joy, listening to the sea and watching the stars before closing our eyes.

Less can be so much more.

Time for a nap, thanks for watching.

Hope this can inspire to get a nap or perhaps make a pallet divan…

The best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 09-22-2016 10:49 PM

Mads, Mads, stop having fun.

This is just too much.

By the way congrats on the fiance thing. Sorry I did not meet her when I was there in Jan/Feb, but things where rather hectic.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#2 posted 09-22-2016 11:03 PM

Congratulations, Mads, ‘on the fiance thing’! Thanks for sharing more of your Turkish adventures.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 09-22-2016 11:25 PM

Nice bit of “rustic” woodworking, and very practical. Good to see that Ahmet is doing his job as supervisor.
I’ll agree with Candy with the congratulations!!!

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 09-22-2016 11:45 PM

The only thing missing is a shotgun under your pallet bed. :) Also, congrats on the fiance thing too

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 09-22-2016 11:56 PM

”Less can be so much more”

What a wonderful philosophy to live one’s life.

Much happiness to you and Filiz!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 09-23-2016 12:06 AM

Very VERY nice!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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Mainiac Matt

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#7 posted 09-23-2016 12:51 AM

Mads… I didn’t know you were hanging your hat in Turkey these days.

Looks like a beautiful spot, and a beautiful fiance’ ... congratulations.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#8 posted 09-23-2016 08:33 AM

Kære Mads, de sidste par post har bare ramt plet hos mig. Da jeg læste den sidste om dit tyrkiske eventyr, blev jeg inspireret til at genoptage min meditation, og har mediteret hver dag siden. Så tak Mads, og stort tillykke med Filiz.

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#9 posted 09-23-2016 01:57 PM

“Less can be so much more”.
Truer words were never spoken.
Well done my friend.
That is a wonderful arrangement.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#10 posted 09-25-2016 12:17 PM

Creative and practical as usual, Mads. Congratulations on the fiancé thing.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#11 posted 09-26-2016 12:26 PM

Congrats on achieving the rank of fiance. Thanks for sharing. I was out there in Turkey for a few minutes, reading that.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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