Originally Posted by Crusader
... So I dont think that there is a mechanical fix to this
In conclusion, I agree. Not a simple mechanical fix anyway.
I looked at the suggestion Crusader posted about moving the board under the "Typar" (assuming that's the black cloth). I think I see what is being suggested. There are a couple of things wrong with that approach. First, it's a fairly major change that I wouldn't want to do to something that is under warranty. Second, as he himself suggested, this is going to raise the back of the couch seat, making the couch uncomfortable.
Here's what I have done.
I made the "wedge" that I suggested in my original post. When I put a level to that slope I discovered that it was off by 2-5/8" (instead of the 4-5 I originally thought). The parts for the wedge are:
- Two 3/16" hardboard (think pegboard without the holes) pieces that are 58" by 30".
- Two pieces of white wood that are 3/4" by 58". The first one I made 2-5/8" wide and the second is half that 1-5/16"). These need to have a 2.5 degree slope on each edge.
- 24 each #10 1-1/4" wood screws.
- 24 each #12 finishing washers (little cup-like things).
- Duct tape (of course).
Just put the wider board at one edge of the two hardboard pieces and the narrower board halfway between that wide board and the "point" of the wedge. I put 6 screws with washers into each board on each side (offsetting them a bit from side to side so they didn't split the wood). I then put duct tape over all of the screws to prevent any rough edges from tearing cloth or the air mattress. Pictures at the end.
This fixes the sloped bed problem. Then I tried closing up the couch with that wedge in there. This is somewhat subjective, but I definitely felt like the couch was trying to throw me off the front. The couch needs that back slope to feel comfortable. The manufacturer should have achieved that slope by taking padding out of the cushions instead of destroying the usefulness of the bed!
I find that I can move the couch out about an inch from the wall and the wedge will store behind it (point down) just beautifully.
The down-side is that the beast weighs 30 pounds. I would love to find a wedge of non-collapsing foam that wouldn't squeak.
I really hope that PrimeTime and other manufacturers using this couch will pressure the company that makes it to "do it right", cause its not close to right now.