comfortable, hidden, clever beds!

In a small house, a bed or bedroom consumes a lot of space. The good news is there are comfortable, hidden sleeping options that don’t hog square footage.

Let’s tour six cleverly-designed beds for overnight slumber or daytime naps. Get ready for some surprises in the latest wall beds, benches, sofas and chairs. Whether for yourself or guests, there’s sleeping joy ahead.

1.  Two Murphies:  Welcome to wall beds, for one or two sleepers. Anywhere you have an empty wall, murphies may be installed vertically or horizontally. They solve space issues instantly, by folding away when not in use.

Here's a horizontal Murphy bed, which folds sideways into a single sleeper. It also comes in full and queen models for two. (Murphy Beds Direct)

Here’s a horizontal Murphy bed, which folds sideways into a single sleeper. It also comes in full and queen models for two. (Murphy Beds Direct)

This pull-down Murphy bed, installed in a 20 ft long Cypress tiny house on wheels, sleeps two on the main floor. You don't have to sleep in an upstairs loft! (Tumbleweed Houses)

This pull-down Murphy bed, installed in a 20 ft long Cypress tiny house on wheels, sleeps two on the main floor. You don’t have to sleep in an upstairs loft! (Tumbleweed Houses)

2.  Two Boxes:  Find a mantel or bench during the day. When ready to sleep, the mantel reveals a full bed with unfolded sections. Meanwhile, a classic bench transitions from seating to sleeping area with ease.

How about a folding bed for two? We hear this is comfortable, looks like a mantel during the day, and offers mantel storage. (Tiny Revolution via Tree Hugger)

How about a folding bed for two? We hear this is comfortable, looks like a mantel during the day, and offers mantel storage. (Tiny Revolution via Tree Hugger)

A specially-made bench gets used for daytime seating and lounging, stores bedding, and becomes a nice single bed overnight. (Vina Lustado, Sol Haus Design)

A specially-made bench gets used for daytime seating and lounging, stores bedding, and becomes a nice single bed overnight. (Vina Lustado, Sol Haus Design)

3.  Two Upholstered Pieces:  A high-design lounge chair and modern sofa hide their bedding well, and jump ahead of old-fashioned sofa beds. The chair is a single sleeper, while the sofa reveals bunk beds. Both are pricey, though.

This Palazzo sofa looks cozy and is available in dozens of colors. It transforms into a bunk bed that's suitable for adults or kids. (Resource Furniture)

This Palazzo sofa looks cozy and is available in dozens of colors. It transforms into a bunk bed that’s suitable for adults or kids. (Resource Furniture)

Live it up! Here's an elegant, pricey lounge chair that hides a bed for one. This chair comes in white, sand and grey, with washable coverings. (Itzy Bitsy Ritzy Shop)

Live it up! Here’s an elegant, pricey lounge chair that hides a bed for one. This chair comes in white, sand and grey, with washable coverings. (Itzy Bitsy Ritzy Shop)

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