Trying to prop yourself up on pillows while the bottom bunk is in the nighttime position is wicked uncomfortable due to that headrest. I just sit up in bed and put my legs in the criss-cross-applesauce position. When I decide it's time to read myself to sleep, I lay down.
You really shouldn't need to put one seat down in order to keep your legs elevated. I'm 5'5", and I'm able to prop my feet up on the other seat when they're both in daytime mode. I like to scoot down a little, bend my knees, and put my feet against the edge of the other seat. (When I do this, I take my shoes off so I don't get the seat dirty.) If you're my height or even a bit shorter, you should be fine. My ex-boyfriend is 5'9", and he was able to rest his legs on one side of my seat while I propped my feet up on the other side of his seat. His feet weren't even close to touching the back of my seat. In fact, I have a friend who also rests his legs on the other seat, and he's about 6'0".
Since you are traveling alone, you do have a couple of options:
1) You can ask the SCA to keep the chairs in "daytime" mode and make up the top bunk for sleeping. That gives you more room to move around while getting dressed in the morning, and you can sit and read until you are ready to sleep. They will often take the mattress for the bottom bunk and put it on the top bunk for extra cushioning. If you are claustrophobic, you will hate the top bunk, which leads us to Option 2.
2) Ask the SCA to leave the top bunk in "daytime" mode. This allows for better air flow in the room and gives you more room to move around and get dressed. I either get dressed while kneeling/sitting on the bottom bunk, or I stand next to the bottom bunk. Either way, it prevents you from knocking your head and shoulders against the top bunk while trying to get ready and makes the room feel a bit bigger in general.
Sometimes I use the top bunk for storage. If I do that, I take my suitcase and stuff down in the morning, raise/shove the top bunk back to the "daytime" position, and then get dressed.
Edited by SarahZ, 13 September 2017 - 07:32 PM.
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