What’s a H.U.D.D.L.E. Bed/Couch??

June 30, 2013

From Janelle:

You’d think after all this time Lewis would trust my vision. He has told me several times that I was right and he should have known that my ideas would look fabulous (ok so he agreed that things have turned out better than he expected after I prodded) but still, he is doubting and fighting my latest inspiration.
I came across a media room lounge setup consisting of cushions on stacked pallets on Pinterest and was intrigued. I asked the guys at work to save me pallets and they told me to go down the street and buy some for $15 each as ours are usually pretty trashed. Somehow that takes the fun out of it.
I’m dating myself but in the 70’s I had a H.U.D.D.L.E. bed.  H.U.D.D.L.E was a furniture line based in Orange County owned by a friend of my parent’s brother manufacturing mostly children’s furniture but the main attraction was a H.U.D.D.L.E. couch intended for adult living rooms. Similar concepts with names such as The Playpen and The Conversation Pit were abundant. Remember, this was the 70’s. Several people I’ve shown this to commented that it looked like a good place for an orgy but that is a different conversation for another time.
The H.U.D.D.L.E. cushions have been packed away in Glad trash bags, the frame disassembled and hidden but not forgotten for years. I have been wracking my brain on how to use it. My bed was a twin and if I set it up in our TV/guest room off the kitchen (now the orange/Andy Warhol tile room; see the April 21 Post “Who Would Buy Andy Warhol Tile”) it would be an issue to accommodate more than one guest. An overnight stay would involve moving the H.U.D.D.L.E. bed to make room for an inflatable double bed, inflation, and fetching the guest bedding from the top shelf in the laundry room that requires a telescoping ladder for access, not an easy feat when someone decides to crash after an evening of drinking. I have a hard enough time managing the ladder when I haven’t been drinking.
It dawned on me that I could have the frame re-welded to accommodate a queen mattress, build a platform for easy access by my no longer teen-aged friends, Lewis and I could TV watch or lounge and guests would have a comfortable bed set up and ready to go at a moment’s notice. No more dragging out the inflatable or the hassle of putting everything back again a few weeks after the guest has long departed.
This is PERFECT. It is an AMAZING idea. My disco ball and 60’s drop light will have a home and it is very practical. I am soooooo excited that I can hardly wait to see it implemented. There’s only one problem; Lewis isn’t thrilled about my fantastic revelation. In fact, he hates the idea.

From Lewis:
I will admit that I’m not too crazy about the idea. I thought it was mostly going to be a TV room with enough space to fit the new inflatable bed for guests. But once again what do I know. I’m a guy! Looks like we are going to have a 70’s swingers den that even Austin Powers would be envious of.

From Janelle:

Yeah Baby!!!!

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