Frequently Asked Questions

Tips for Sleeping Outside

Not much. You know your way around on your balcony, your terrace and in your garden and can easily try it out. Even in the wild - at least in Germany - there are no animals that are dangerous to humans without their own intervention.

Sleeping outside is basically not very complicated. A sleeping mat is quickly rolled out, a camp bed or the SkyHeia quickly set up. Of course, if you take your bed out of the bedroom, dismantle it and set it up again outside, it's a bit more work. But it is so worth it!

Yes, absolutely! Our children love to sleep outside. At first we made ourselves comfortable with them on the trampoline, later we slept in the bed set up on the terrace. Even sub-zero temperatures don't keep them from this pleasure. And: they don't even miss their mobile phone and tablet. Sleeping outside is a wonderful opportunity to bring children closer to nature.

Above all, you need a comfortable sleeping surface, such as a good sleeping pad. If you don't want to sleep on the floor, get yourself a camp bed or, of course, the SkyHeia. You will need a sleeping bag or a duvet, of course of different quality and thickness depending on the temperature. And don't forget your toothbrush if you're sleeping away from home.

The best way to keep insects and spiders away from you is with a mosquito net. In outdoor shops you can get such insect protection in different sizes and designs so that they fit your sleeping setup.

You can protect the duvet and sleeping bag from dew with a simple foil or, better still, with a thin fleece blanket. Unfortunately, your head and pillow cannot be protected from rain and dew, but at least this saves you having to wash your face in the morning.

Sleeping bags or duvets (in Cologne: "Plümmo"), which are appropriate for the temperatures, will help you here. You will find information on this on most sleeping bags, with bedding you have to try out for yourself how thick the duvet has to be so that you don't freeze. If it gets really cold, you can put an additional metal foil under the sleeping pad, camp bed or mattress so that you don't get too cold from below.

If you want to celebrate sleeping outside, pack something tasty to eat and drink. If it gets damp at night, a waterproof bag or sack will help keep your clothes and shoes dry. Take all the things you enjoy with you: a good book, binoculars and your partner or friends, of course. Then you can look up at the night sky together and with a Stars-App or map determine everything you see in space.

The SkyHeia

The SkyHeia is 97 cm wide and 207 cm long and thus offers space for a 90 x 200 cm mattress. The bed frame is 42 cm high, and the assembly parts at the head and foot end ensure a total height of 84 cm. The ZweierHeia, i.e. the double bed made of two SkyHeias joined together, is 194 cm wide, with the same length and height.

The SkyHeia weighs 23.9 kilograms.

Die SkyHeia ist in zwei Tragetaschen aus wasser- und schmutzabweisendem und sehr robustem und reißfesten Gewebe verstaut. In einer Tasche (105 x 50 x 11 cm) sind die vier Lattenrost-Elemente und die 4 Seitenholmhälften verstaut und in der anderen Tasche (99 x 50 x 15 cm) die insgesamt 4 Teile des Kopf- und Fußendes.

Alle Bauteile sind in den Taschen durch Gewebeprotektoren gegen Aneinanderreiben geschützt. Auch die meisten Zubehörteile wie das Moskitonetz und das dafür benötigte Zelt-Gestänge inkl. Bettpfostenverlängerungen haben in dieser Tasche Platz. Jede Tasche ist mit stabilen Tragegurten ausgestattet, die so groß sind, dass sich die Taschen über die Schulter hängen lassen.

The SkyHeia comes to your home in a sturdy corrugated cardboard box by parcel service. The package contains both bags with all 12 components. The package is 111 cm long, 35 cm wide, 59.5 cm high and weighs 29.3 kg.

The SkyHeia can be assembled and disassembled completely without tools - all parts are plugged together and some are additionally fixed with tension locks. You will find assembly instructions in one of the two bags. We have laminated them for you so that they don't get dirty. Soon you will also find a video with all the steps. By the way: Our record for setting up the SkyHeia is 1 minute and 51 seconds.

Zunächst steckst Du einfach die vier Bettpfostenverlängerungen auf die vier Bettenden, so dass die Löcher für die Zeltgestänge in Längsrichtung des Bettes aufeinander zu zeigen. In die Löcher steckst Du die arretierten Teleskop-Zeltstangen, damit sich zwei Bögen ergeben, die Du mit der Firststange an der höchsten Stelle über die Gummiadapter verbindest.

Fertig ist die Kuppel, in die Du nun das Moskitonetz mit den Clips einhängen kannst. Dafür rollst Du vorher das Netz auf dem Lattenrost aus. Sowohl beim Zeltgestänge als auch beim Moskitonetz musst Du nicht auf vorne und hinten achten, weil beide Seiten gleich sind. In Kürze findest Du hier auch ein Video zum Auf- und Abbau. Das hilft Dir sicherlich und darin zeigen wir Dir nützliche Handgriffe. Vor allem zeigen wir Dir dort auch, wie Du zwei Moskitonetze miteinander verbindest, wenn Du aus zwei SkyHeias eine ZweierHeia machen willst.

The SkyHeia is made of anodised aluminium. It is easy to clean with a damp cloth and a little washing-up liquid. It is important that you keep the connectors of the SkyHeia clean. Hard dirt particles, such as sand or small stones, damage the plug connections and in the long run lead to the fact that they can no longer be joined together precisely. Therefore, you should pay particular attention to cleanliness in these areas. We provide you with a care cloth.

The SkyHeia is designed for a maximum person weight of 120 kg, provided that you use the SkyHeia properly as a bed and not as a trampoline or climbing frame.

Wenn Du versehentlich die SkyHeia beschädigst, musst Du das Bett nicht entsorgen oder zum Altmetallhändler bringen. Du kannst bei uns jedes Bauteil einzeln erhalten. Melde Dich einfach bei uns, wenn Du Ersatzteile brauchst.

The Accessories

In principle, you can use any mattress with a size of 90 x 200 cm for the SkyHeia. Shortly, we will give you a recommendation for a German mattress manufacturer from whose online shop you can buy a mattress of your choice for your SkyHeia.

The mosquito net, which "hovers" over you like a dome, protects you from this kind of uninvited guests. To prevent creepy-crawlies from sneaking into the bed from below, the net is connected to a solid fabric bottom so that you are protected along with your mattress. The side parts of the mosquito net can be removed with a zip so that you can combine two mosquito nets into one big dome.

An exchangeable cover and a rain cover will soon protect you from rain and dew in bed. Give us a little more time so that we can finish developing and producing these accessories and offer them to you.

If you place the SkyHeia on soft ground, e.g. in the sand, you need wider bed feet so that you do not sink in. The wider bed feet are also available in height-adjustable versions and can simply be screwed into the bed posts after you have unscrewed the standard feet. Of course, we have many more ideas for accessories that we will put into practice as soon as possible. If you still have wishes. Just send them to us!

Tips for on the Road

Unfortunately, there is no clear answer to this question. While sleeping in a tent, camper van or caravan is generally prohibited outside of tent and camping sites, there are no clear regulations for sleeping outside and in the open air. Under no circumstances may you sleep outside in nature reserves. In other public areas, sleeping outdoors is often tolerated, but usually only for one night.

If you want to be sure that you are allowed to sleep in a place outside, you should definitely find out the owner beforehand and ask him or her. Of course, this applies especially to private property. Most of the farmers and forest owners we asked were rather amused by our intention and allowed us a nice night on their land.

Das ist Geschmackssache. Der eine mag das große Abenteuer und schläft in der Felswand oder auf dem schwimmenden Floß, der andere sucht eher die abgeschiedene Idylle und schläft lieber auf einer Waldlichtung oder am Ufer eines Sees. Sicher ist es in jedem Falle ratsam sich den Ort gut anzuschauen bevor man sich bettet.

Sicherlich sollte man seinen Schlafplatz nicht direkt an Bach- oder Flussufern aufschlagen, damit man bei Starkregen nicht von plötzlichen Wassermassen überrascht wird. Auch vor der Übernachtung im Wald sollte man die Bäume gut inspizieren und nicht dort nächtigen, wo trockene Äste herabstürzen könnten.

We will soon be making recommendations for exciting outdoor sleeping places here and are of course also looking forward to your suggestions and experiences. Feel free to write to us if you know of suitable places.

The small business should be done a little away from the sleeping area and for the big business please dig a hole at least 30 cm deep and cover the droppings completely with earth. Used toilet paper belongs in the rubbish.

Take it home with you, of course. Please leave the night camp as you found it.

You should refrain from having a fire in the great outdoors because of the risk of forest fires. In Germany, open fires away from designated areas are usually prohibited anyway. Again, if you absolutely want to light a fire, please ask if it is allowed.

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