Bedframe Mountable Glasses Holder
I don’t think I’m unusual among eyeglass wearers in that I always want my glasses near at hand when I’m in bed.
Nightstands are the normal place eye glasses like to live but if you have a cat who likes to knock things off your nightstand (me, now) or are on the top bunk of a bunk bed (me, in college) or are the inside person in a couple who has their bed in the corner of the room (me, eventually?) a nightstand isn’t an option.
In college I kept my glasses in a zippered camping case that I kept clipped to my bedframe with string. Functional but janky. I figured I could do a little better now.
I love Sugru. It’s like Play-Doh for adults. It’s a moldable silicone that adheres to almost anything which you have 30 minutes to get in whatever shape you want before it starts to set, then it air cures for 24 hours and functions just like any other rubber.
I was originally thinking I’d make the whole prototype out of sugru. It’s very adhesive so I figured it’d pick a spot on my bedframe and mold it on there and then scrape it off whenever I moved next. But to save myself some material (sugru is kinda pricy) and make it remountable, I picked up some 3M Command hooks and strips and used the hook as a base for the sugru.
I wear a few pairs of glasses with very different shapes so I made sure to mold it so that it’d snuggly hold all of them. I made the lip that holds the glasses arms pretty thick because with sugru thick pieces are fairly rigid and thin pieces are fairly flexible. I wanted to make sure the lip that holds the glasses arms wouldn’t bend if I roughly grabbed for my glasses in the middle of the night.
I’ve worked with sugru before to repair or tweak things so I was familiar with how it cured and set but this is one of the first where I’ve made something completly new with it.
It holds all my glasses pretty well and I’m really pleased with how it came out.
Unlike my other tinkering projects—which I don’t post about/do nearly often enough—this one is borderline marketable. (I’m actually working on another project which is very marketable so I’m not going to post about that one for awhile yet.)
Its borderline marketability got me wondering if this product already exists. Short answer: Yes. Long answer: Not in the same form. I don’t know if I’m not googling the right terms but I can only find two similar products and they’re ugly and cumbersome. Who wants giant gross noses on their wall? Eegh. The slim profile of my design makes it ideal for keeping bedside.
If I wanted to make this into a product the next step would probably be measuring the curves of the nose ridge and making a 3D printed prototype. I’ve got access to a coordinate measuring machine at work so I could probably get the dimensions of the part without too much problem. Then it’d be a case of normalizing the curves in CAD, sending it off to Shapeways or somewhere similar, and seeing if the printed part held the glasses as snugly. From there I’d iterate til it looks and works like something commercial, then sell one-offs through Shapeways.
Do you wear glasses? Do you want one of these? Lemme know. I’m debating taking the next steps to produce it.
I just made it the night before last (cured yesterday) so I haven’t mounted it yet. I’m debating between the bedframe and the wall next to the bed. Trying to figure out where I’ll be least likely to knock my glasses over accidentally and the cat will be least likely to knock them over on purpose. I may need to do a 2.0 version where the lip curves back around to hold the arms in place. More tinkering. Always more tinkering.