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11-11-2016 06:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bed bed-in-a-box woodworking plans compact bed guest bed

I recall seeing a plan for a platform guest bed which all fit into a piece of furniture which was about 60” wide x 30” tall x 12” deep in a woodworking magazine about 20 years ago. I kept the idea in the back of my head in case there was ever a need for such a piece. My folks are moving from their 4-bedroom farm home they have occupied for the last 76 years to a 1-bedroom apartment but would like to have a place for occasional overnight guests. A sofa-sleeper wouldn’t fit into the room arrangement very well and they don’t want something as large as a murphy bed.

As I recall, the piece of furniture has a hinged base that pulls out and then pieces of plywood are placed across the base to hold a foam or air mattress.

I started to look in my collection of woodworking magazines to try to find the plan, but decided I might try here first rather than spend days looking through magazines. If anyone remembers such a plan and where I could find it, I’d really appreciate hearing from you.

Many thanks.
L/W

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#1 posted 11-12-2016 12:35 AM

Never saw it in a magazine but made internet rounds about a year or so ago, I think it was made by those medieval reinacters.

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#2 posted 11-12-2016 01:51 AM

Rick,

Yes, I have seen that one. It is the same general idea, but the one I remember was taller and not so deep. It could double as a stand for a flat-screen television. I guess I’ll keep looking through my magazine collection. . . or I’ll just end up designing it from scratch. I was hoping to save a little time.

L/W

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#3 posted 11-12-2016 02:06 AM

Something like this?

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#4 posted 11-12-2016 02:58 AM

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#5 posted 11-12-2016 06:43 AM

jbay, I think that is the same plan that Rick mentioned. It’s not quite what I remember, but thanks for the picture.

Rick, your latest addition is very similar to what I had in mind. I really appreciate the links for it! I’ll still redesign it slightly to use solid wood rather than plywood, but it certainly will save me a lot of time. The one I remember used plywood, too, but I don’t think it hinged the top platform pieces together—just laid them across the base and stored them inside with (I think) a door on either end. Thanks very much.

L/W

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#6 posted 11-13-2016 03:42 AM

Is this the one you are looking for?

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#7 posted 11-13-2016 05:22 AM

Kevin,

Thanks for the link. That one is very similar to the one above that jbay posted. It’s shorter and wider than what I was hoping to make. The one that Rick posted is pretty similar to the one I remember. By using features from the two versions, I think I can accomplish what I’ve envisioned.

Thank you for your response.

L/W

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