Build a hinged and retractable wall bed yourself

Foldable wall beds seem a little out of fashion in the contemporary furniture trade. The good basic principle can easily be implemented when building yourself. Some design ideas not only provide more space when disappearing from the folding bed, but also hide it in a visually convincing way with added value.

Main bed or temporary bed

In many living situations with limited space, a wall bed is an ideal alternative to turn a living room into a bedroom with one movement. When planning, the first question that arises is whether it is a permanent place to sleep or only temporary use, such as a guest bed or holiday home.

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If a permanent main sleeping area is created, the mattress must be thicker and possibly a larger sleeping area. For temporarily used wall beds, in addition to thinner and smaller mattresses, the substructure with the slatted frame can also be constructed in a more delicate shape.

Folding mechanism

The mechanical core elements are two folding hinges that are mounted next to the head end of the bed between the bed frame and the surrounding bracket. Three types of models are available in hardware stores, bed shops and on the Internet:

  • Simple mechanical hinges without damping or force development
  • Spring hinges, in which spiral springs make it easier to open and close by pulling force
  • Piston hinges with telescopic arms that make it easy to slide up and down

A secure locking in the folded state is a prerequisite for all variants. Simple mechanical hinges can hardly be operated safely with normal forces if the bed is built with a standard mattress, possibly even wider than ninety centimeters, and a wooden slatted frame.

Wire mesh, grating, wooden strips or perforated plate

Like a normal standing bed, the wall bed consists of a surrounding bed frame into which a slatted frame is inserted. Different materials have the following properties:

  • Wooden slatted frame: stable, adjustable, ergonomically shaped, heavy, creaks, squeaks
  • Plastic slatted frame: adjustable, ergonomically shaped, light, breakable, squeaks
  • Perforated panel: thin, medium weight, folded up, no need for paneling, inflexible
  • Wire mesh: low installation height, wears out, very light, squeaks
  • Wooden strips without a grid structure: low installation height, inflexible, creaks, squeaks

Fixing of bed linen and back paneling

A self-built wall bed is created so that it is folded up including linen. Elastic holding straps, which are mounted on the side of the frame, are stretched on three levels across the simply made bed. A halfway smoothly pulled continuous duvet is enough for the hold.

If a slatted frame, wooden strips or a wire mesh hold the mattress, the rear wall must be blinded or covered. From wood or multi-purpose plates 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 rack floors
  • Mirror or mirror tiles
  • Suspend canvas image
  • Japanese wall covering
  • Make magnetic wall yourself with magnetic color stroke and attach wall decorations with magnetic holes
  • Build a small climbing wall in the nursery
Tips & Tricks The wall bed can be built into a cupboard, also on castors. It can be easily integrated into a surrounding shelf wall.