It is 4.5 years since I wrote this post about covering the mattress on an old bed to use as a day bed on the verandah.
Unfortunately, it did not quite turn out as I had planned for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the cat thought I had made it for him and proceeded to lie on it regularly and blanket the entire surface with grey fur. Secondly, I realised that it was directly accessible to anyone entering our property and I would not feel secure being asleep there.
The second issue has been addressed somewhat by having a lockable gate installed.
However, the problem of the cat remains. I have considered this for some time now and decided that the best option was to have fabric on one side and vinyl on the other. I will keep it vinyl side up generally so that any cat fur can be easily wiped off but turn it over to the fabric side when I (or anyone else wants to lie or sit on the bed.
Since the original post, we have painted the bed frame in a dark grey (the same colour as the surround of the gate in the photo above). Additionally, the outdoor table is now red.
I had an idea that I could incorporate these colours into my new plans for the bed. So, today when I was shopping I went to Spotlight and was surprised and delighted to find exactly what I was looking for.
The plain black vinyl will be for the cat while the stripe fabric which was described as ‘outdoor canvas’ will be perfect for the fabric side. I should have enough left to make a couple of cushions, too.
I was really pleased to find exactly what I had imagined and I am looking forward to getting it made and ready to use.