How to Hide a Bed


In many settings, space is at a premium. Creating more work space--while still maintaining living comforts--eases the space crunch by making some areas do double duty. The Discovery Company's Treehugger website features a design for sliding a bed under a raised living room floor. The usual methods: a hide-a-bed sofa or daybed, may not suit the space. Unless you need the seating area, those tactics do nothing to increase usable space in a guest bedroom, studio or office. Create a worktable for hiding the bed to make the space serve dual functions.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pen
  • Notepad
  • Assistant, if needed
  • Piece of plywood cut to the size of the bed
  • India bedspread, banquet tablecloth or sheet large enough to drape to the floor
  • Display of silk flowers or other lightweight decoration, if desired
  • Measure the bed. Have an assistant hold the end of the tape measure even with one edge of the bed, lining it up with the widest point. For example, if the mattress bulges more in the middle than at the top, hold the end of the tape measure even with the place where the mattress sticks out the farthest. Measure the length of the bed in the same way. Take the measurements a second time and write them down.

  • Buy a piece of plywood cut to order from a hardware store, home improvement supplier or lumber yard. Specify the measurements for the bed you want to hide.

  • Place the plywood on the bed to hide it. Line it up with the edges. Place the India bedspread, sheet or banquet table cloth over the ply wood and straighten it. Tuck any excess fabric toward the wall or under the bed. Add the silk flower arrangement or other decorative item, if desired.

  • Use the work surface for a sorting area, shipping station or any other purpose.

  • Lift the plywood from one end at the head or foot of the bed to uncover the bed for use. Use a firm grip with both hands. Place the plywood against the wall. Drape the India bedspread or other fabric over the plywood. Tuck the fabric behind the top of the plywood so that the fabric covers the wood and the plywood bed hider holds the fabric in place.

Tips & Warnings

  • To take measurements without an assistant, use a heavy-duty tape measure, the locking type.
  • Have the corners of the plywood rounded off.
  • Cover the plywood work table with self-adhesive shelf paper to create a washable craft table surface.
  • Place the fabric cover directly on the bed and put the plywood on top of it, if preferred.
  • Use a tapestry to hide the bed, if desired. It will serve as wall art to cover the plywood when the bed is uncovered.
  • Place a table with short legs on the plywood to create a taller work surface for a laptop or other use, if desired. Check for short tables at furniture suppliers who carry Japanese furniture.

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