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Adult-sized ball pit [Jan. 6th, 2007|11:18 pm]
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After a random chat with radiantbaby, vatavian, and rslatkin, I've become obsessed with the idea of an adult-sized ball pit, particularly with potential application as a bed. The big question in my mind, though, is one of volume. How much floor space would it need to take up to comfortably sleep -- or play -- two adults? Four? Six? And how deep would it need to be to support them? How does intended activity (sleep, ball-war, sex) affect the depth? And can a deep pool be used for shallow-pool activities like sleeping? Or would people just sink in uncomfortably?

Inquiring minds want to know.
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[User Picture]From: elgecko
2007-01-07 05:01 am (UTC)

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"How much floor space would it need to take up to comfortably sleep -- or play -- two adults? Four? Six?"

I'm going to suggest for volume measurements something on the way of the Japanese tatami mat system. In Japan, a room is measured in jo which is roughly the space needed for a sleeping mat for one adult. This comes out to just over 1.5 m^2. So I figure if you lay out the space in jo by buying a tatami mat and marking space with it, you'll come out to something which if not exact will be workable enough.
[User Picture]From: justben
2007-01-07 05:06 am (UTC)

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Ooh, there's a good idea. But I'd have to increase it a bit: I'm almost certain that the Japanese conserve more space when sleeping than I do. Good call, though.
[User Picture]From: elgecko
2007-01-07 05:12 am (UTC)

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The North American Brown Bear probably conserves more space when sleeping than you do. Increasing it is likely a good idea.
[User Picture]From: justben
2007-01-07 05:14 am (UTC)

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Oh, you've heard the stories, then?
[User Picture]From: elgecko
2007-01-07 05:17 am (UTC)

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That's why I went with a brown, rather than a polar or grizzly. =)
[User Picture]From: justben
2007-01-07 05:21 am (UTC)

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It's their fine features and suave demeanor, isn't it?