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Old 03-22-2009, 10:38 PM   #1
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Help with Counter Extension

A little problem..

We bought our 17' with real nice 5" cushions and me being a real"princess and the pea" didn't like the seams between the cushions. Doug went out yesterday and bought a very nice 3" eggcrate mattress topper. (Just like we had with the Boler and we slept SO well on it) Now, this means we have an 8" mattress. Very comfy for sleeping, but alas we can not fold the countertop down without taking the whole bed apart.
I do use proper sheets/blankets and comforter, so this would be a real pain to take up and down every night.
I think leaving it up would be in the way when sleeping. For feet when laying on your back and for bathroom trips in the middle of the night and crawling over your partner. Our heads will usually be at the fridge end..

So, any ideas on what to do with it?? How to fold it down...I tried folding the counter down as far as I can then pushing the cushions down, but too dense to really move. Pulling it back when counter is in upright position doesn't work either...

I really like the idea of the countertop because I always wanted one in our Boler, so handy to put dirty dishes on.....
Another type of hinge so it can flip over the counter backwards? A hinge in the middle so it just folds part way out of the way?

Help??!!!!

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Old 03-22-2009, 11:20 PM   #2
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Re: Help with Counter Extension

I have been thinking about that also since I will be getting a 17". However, I will be leaving the counter extension up and sitting in the corner to read and watch TV which will be mounted on the fridge cabinet. For sleeping since I am short, my head ( I think) will be at the fridge cabinet end. That way I don't think it will be in the way. One idea however would be to be able to flip it up vertically if folding over the sink top didn't work. Another thought would be to make it easily detachable, if it could be made sturdy enough. I'll be interested in what others have to say, and/or how they've dealt with the situation.
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Old 03-22-2009, 11:48 PM   #3
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Re: Help with Counter Extension


Once again, I have to advise visit Leevalley.com
They have a hinge for every application.

But, I'd probably just cut a chunk out of the topper to allow the counter to fold down. I doubt your feet would notice.

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Old 03-22-2009, 11:54 PM   #4
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Re: Help with Counter Extension

Glen--even with the 5" foam it was a very tight fit....

Maybe Reace will have an idea..

.But, I do live quite close to Lee Valley.......
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Old 03-23-2009, 01:51 AM   #5
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Re: Help with Counter Extension

We can trim the counter extension down a bit....maybe a couple inches would do?
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Old 03-23-2009, 12:21 PM   #6
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Re: Help with Counter Extension

Not for me, thank you. Perhaps on a case by case basis?
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Old 03-23-2009, 01:43 PM   #7
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Hmmm, just went out and measured and I don't think a couple inches would do it..
It almost looks like the extension should be cut in half with some kind of a hinge that we could then fold the counterand then flip it up
I can almost picture what I am thinking.....
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Old 03-23-2009, 09:15 PM   #8
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Re: Help with Counter Extension

Hi: All...This may not be a solution but I have seen the counter extension added to the closet door or the pantry cupboard door...but then it's not a counter extension any more
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Old 03-23-2009, 10:26 PM   #9
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Re: Help with Counter Extension

How about making the extension so you can take it off and attach it as needed, storing it in a cabinet when not needed.
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Old 03-24-2009, 03:16 AM   #10
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Re: Help with Counter Extension

Doug said I didn't explain what I meant very clearly.
I was thinking of cutting the extension in half, installing a hinge so that the bottom half would flip up and velcro/snap to the top piece and then it could fold down on the original hinges---but it would be double thickness and half the length to the mattress...

Looking around the trailer I didn't really see anywhere else I would want it--I really DO like it as a counter extension...
As for removing easily and installing when needed---hmmm how could that work??
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