The most common arrangement is the settee berth, which is used for
during the day but converts into a bunk for sleeping.
are an inventive lot and over the centuries they have come up with
ingenious sleeping arrangements.
This is especially true of
wooden boat owners.
Much depends on the space
available after all the other
essentials, such as galleys, chart tables etc have been catered for.
The settee or transom berth
the most common arrangement.
what is comfortable for
sitting is too narrow for the average person to sleep on, (see the page
So, some method of extending
boat bunks for night time
use is needed.
The hinged backrest is an
excellent idea where the space
behind can be used, during the day to store the bedding.
The backrest needs to be at
and angle of about 10 degrees
from the vertical to be comfortable during the day, yet be out of the
comfort during the night.
Various other methods have
been used such as using
in-fills to increase their width between settees.
The fold away saloon table top
can double up as part of
On one of my previous boats
had settees on either side of
the saloon, the infill was made up of 12inch/305mm boards, these were
store and I often used just one as a 'coffee table'. Another
method is to have an extension
which slides out from
However, if you use the 'padded' backrest as
an infill there is no need to find storage space for the extra
All that space under the
settees makes for ideal storage space.
This space can be accessed fro
However, as this will be quite
a deep space, access will
be easier from the top.
And the openings can be made
quite large, accessed from
under the padding/mattress.
However covers for the
openings must be constructed
securely so they don't give way under a large bottom or bouncing
(unless you deliberately want to get rid of them).
And take care when using knotty
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