Build a folding and retractable wall bed itself

Folding wall beds seem to have gone out of fashion in contemporary furniture retail. The good basic principle can be implemented easily in your own building. Some design ideas not only provide more space when disappearing from the folding bed, but hide it optically convincing with added value.

Main bed or temporary sleeping accommodation

In many situations where space is at a premium, a wall bed is an ideal alternative for turning a living room into a dormitory. When planning the first question is whether it is a permanent place to sleep or only temporary use, such as a guest bed or holiday home.

If a permanent main sleeping area arises, a higher thickness of the mattress and possibly a larger bed area must be realized. In addition to thinner and smaller mattresses, the substructure with the slatted frame can be constructed in a daintier form for temporary wall-mounted beds.

folding mechanism

Mechanical core elements are two hinged hinges, which are mounted next to the head of the bed between the bed frame and the environmental support. Three model types are available in hardware stores, bedding and the Internet:

  • Simple mechanical hinges without damping and power development
  • Spring hinges in which coil springs facilitate opening and closing by pulling force
  • Piston hinges in which telescopic arms ensure easy sliding up and down

In all variants, a secure locking in the folded state is a condition. Simple mechanical hinges are hardly too safe to operate with normal forces when the bed is built with a standard mattress, possibly even wider than ninety centimeters, and a wooden slatted base.

Wire mesh, grating, wooden strips or perforated plate

The wall bed consists of a circulating bed frame in which a slatted frame is placed like a normal bed. Different materials have the following properties:

  • Wooden slatted frame: stable, adjustable, ergonomically shaped, heavy, creaks, squeaks
  • Plastic slat: adjustable, ergonomic, lightweight, breakable, squeaks
  • Perforated plate: thin, medium heavy, folded up No need for cladding, inflexible
  • Wire mesh: low construction height, muffled, very light, squeaks
  • Wooden strips without rust: low height, inflexible, creaks, squeaks

Fixing of bed linen and back paneling

A self-made wall bed is laid out so that it is folded in, including the bed linen. Elastic straps, attached to the side of the frame, are stretched across the single-bed on three levels. A halfway smooth continuous blanket covers enough for a stop.

If a slatted frame, wooden strips or a wire mesh hold the mattress, the back wall must be veneered or clad. Made of wood or multi-purpose panels a back wall is created, which fits in the folded state to the frame construction of the wall bed.

Design ideas for the back wall

  • Folding table and folding shelves
  • Mirror or mirror tiles
  • Hang up canvas picture
  • Japanese wallcovering
  • Make magnetic wall yourself with magnetic paint and attach wall decoration with magnetic holders
  • Build a small climbing wall in the nursery

Tips & Tricks

The wall bed can be installed in a cabinet, also on castors. It can be integrated well into a surrounding shelf wall.

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