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Room in Room saves on heating by pitching a tent over your bed

Room in Room saves on heating ...
The Room in Room bed tent is designed to reduce heating bills in wintertime
The Room in Room bed tent is designed to reduce heating bills in wintertime
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Features of the Room in Room
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Features of the Room in Room
The Room in Room fits over standard mattresses
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The Room in Room fits over standard mattresses
The Room in Room phone stand
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The Room in Room phone stand
The Room in Room phone stand allows for comfortable video watching in bed
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The Room in Room phone stand allows for comfortable video watching in bed
The Room in Room uses polyurethane windows
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The Room in Room uses polyurethane windows
The Room in Room is a modern take on the four poster bed
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The Room in Room is a modern take on the four poster bed
The Room in Room mesh vent
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The Room in Room mesh vent
The Room in Room laptop stand
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The Room in Room laptop stand
The Room in Room bed tent is designed to reduce heating bills in wintertime
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The Room in Room bed tent is designed to reduce heating bills in wintertime
Diagram showing how are circulates in the Room in Room
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Diagram showing how are circulates in the Room in Room
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Heating bills in colder climates can be a nasty surprise and turning the thermostat down on a chilly night can be an unpleasant exercise in economy. Room in Room is a modern take on the four poster bed from tentmaker iKamper that aims to help reduce those heating bills. Based on popular South Korean indoor tents, it's designed to go over the bed and conserve a sleeper's heat, so the room temperature can be kept down. The design is the focus of a Kickstarter campaign running through December 26.

The box bed may seem like a historical curiosity to those who grew up with central heating, but for centuries it was the height of luxury. The box bed is a wooden cupboard used for sleeping that was developed during the Middle Ages and continued in use in some parts of Northern Europe until well into the 19th century. Like the later four poster bed with its canopy and heavy curtains, the idea was to create a small enclosed space around a sleeper whose body warmth would help to heat the trapped air.

This is also the principle behind small camping tents and the Room in Room is essentially a floorless tent that's designed to fit snuggly over a number of different standard-size mattresses. Made of a bespoke high-density polyester cotton blend called Tetron Cotton with 0.3 mm polyurethane windows over a frame of fiberglass and aluminum 601 alloy, the Room in Room tent has a mesh vent on top to facilitate fresh-air ventilation while retaining warm air inside.

Diagram showing how are circulates in the Room in Room
Diagram showing how are circulates in the Room in Room

The creators say that the temperature inside Room in Room is about 10º F (5.5º C) warmer than the surrounding room. This allows the user to keep the house temperature lower during sleeping hours in the winter time while remaining comfortable. The company claims that regular use can save about 10 percent on heating bills.

In addition to keeping heating expenses down, the Room in Room has accessories to make relaxing in bed more pleasant. There's an integrated, adjustable laptop stand made of webbing and a polyurethane phone stand for watching videos.

Kickstarter pledges for the Room in Room begin at US$60 for the first 30 single-bed units as part of its US$10,000 crowdfunding drive. If the campaign is successful, the first units are scheduled to ship in January. The retail price is estimated at US$100 for a single and $114 for a double.

The video below is an interview with some Room in Room beta testers.

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Room in Room After Usage Interview

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13 comments
Daishi
I would consider something like this just to protect me from monsters.
Dax Wagner
Make is black so that we can darken the "room" and sleep in longer.
DavidFMayerPhD
People have been doing this for CENTURIES.
Have you ever heard of a "four-poster bed"?
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Martin-tu
All well and good until you need to get up for a leak...
riczero-b
I fear it would just end up as a larger Dutch oven...
Freyr Gunnar
A canopy bed, straight from the Middle Ages. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canopy_bed
Low tech, our future.
Nik
What do you do with it when you want to make the bed? A lot of bedrooms are too small for a bed, and this device simultaneously. Dismantling it and reassembly would be a chore. Putting it out through the door of the bedroom could be an inconvenience. Something closer in style to a fourposter with curtains would probably work better, so there is room to operate inside the canopy. When a person sleeps, they expire 2-3 pints of water overnight, how porous is the canopy to prevent condensation?
Billy Sharpstick
I've been doing this for years. Camping, I set a small tent inside a large one to keep dust and cold out(burning man). (Another option is to use a swamp cooler ducted into the space to cool it, more efficient than cooling the whole room or tent) If it's really cold, you can heat up that small space even better by putting a light bulb under the bed.
grtbluyonder
Or you could just use a down comforter.
Bob Flint
From a purely cocoon perspective this initially is just psychologically a warmer shelter. It may however reduce the drafts coming through the room, but then you have bigger problems and need to control the house environment.
1. In a colder room, the temperature of everything in the room is cold, say 16 degrees C (61F)great for sleeping in.
2. As you first get in & under the sheets everything is same temperature till your body gives off the heat and warms up the sheets, comforter, & pillow.
3. The air you exhale as mentioned is warmer but also very moist this will only slightly warm the inner chamber, and depending on what you are doing under the sheets, also the volume & caloric value.
4. More useful would be get an electric blanket, or a pet or partner to warm the bed up first.
5. Surely everybody has tried the old cover & blanket over the head with nothing exposed, only to gasp for fresh air after a few minutes of quick warm up, only to feel damp and clammy after the heat dissipates through the bedding.
Preheat the sheets, and covers, then whole room stays cool, and you'll fall asleep more deeply and soundly. How you accomplish that is up to you.