Sometime in the middle of last week I came across a review of the BedFan. You should click the link and look at it – it’s pretty ingenious. It’s a fan that is made to channel cool air underneath your bedsheets so on sweltering nights (or if you get night sweats) you can sleep well.
I was hooked. Our footboard is practically screaming for a homemade version of this! I ‘built’ it several times mentally, and on Saturday I was ready to make it for real.
I went down to the basement and started to look for the pieces of wood needed to make this contraption: two narrow strips 20 inches long and a piece of thin plywood approximately 20 inches by 20 inches. I’d need to fashion a hook of some sort, and I’d need to get out the miter saw….
and look for some screws that were all the same size…..
I’d probably need sandpaper, too…..
I forgot to put on shoes and my feet were getting chilly……
Forget it. I grabbed a box instead.
Now, this was the point where I called Lloyd upstairs and told him what I was doing because I wanted some advice. He surprised me by not rolling his eyes and calling me crazy, but actually coming up with some ideas for a future, more-permanent installation. I told him to slow down – this was just a prototype. We decided on a ‘tunnel’ for a small fan instead of just a big hole for a bigger fan.
A little fan goes just under the tunnel. I made some channels inside to help direct the air.
The sheet goes over it, but here’s what it looks like from the bed side:
It’s a good thing it was so hot on Saturday because I tested it out for a bit. The air output is meager at best. I liked having air blow on my feet, but I’m pretty sure the BedFan probably has a better breeze.
Lloyd insists that his design will be better, but I’ve already told him, “I make prototypes once. On to the next thing!”