The New Look Of Wall Beds
I have to be honest, the term “Wall Bed’ conjured up images of big, bulky, wall units that would dominate the room, look cheap but cost a small fortune. In my investigation of these units in the past for clients the idea seemed like the best option in a multi-use space but the by the time we looked at wood options, added up the cost of having a nicer finish, mattress and installation the client always made another choice-the look never seemed to justify the cost.
When I was invited to participate in a Design Challenge with TechCraft my first reaction is that they would not have a model that would suit the look of my living room. In my home this is the only location that I could install this type of bed and I certainly did not want guests or clients noticing that I have a bed in the middle of my living room. I decided to skip on over to The TechCraft website for a closer look. Wow, was I surprised! These units looked clean lined and transitional in their designs, there were options for finishes and sizes. I was beginning to envision how I might make one of these beds blend in to my own living room.
I happened upon one particular style, the Coventry Desk Bed. It is the perfect solution for my living room. The tone of wood will blend nicely with my other furnishing while the desk top provides a sturdy surface for my laptop and stack of design books. When the installers arrived to set up the unit it was in a few manageable boxes. It took about 90 minutes to set up. After set up I was delighted to test out opening and closing the bed, I can’t believe how simple it is to set up, the system itself opens smoothly and feels very sturdy -having young children I really appreciate that there is a keyed locking mechanism.
Here is what The Coventry Desk looks like closed day to day:
I like that I can add my own touches to the desk display space, for instance I used the wood background to hang a chandelier painting.
Now for the particularly cool part, the reason we all want a wall bed is for the secret bed inside!
I’m thrilled with how chic this looks, it has a comfy mattress with none of the uncomfortable bars in your back that typically come with temporary pull out beds. I really wanted the bed to feel like part of the décor rather than an after- thought.
I dressed it with crisp white hotel linens as a base and then layered the bed with a mix of pillows in hounds tooth fabric and black damask. The finishing touches to the bed linens are the white faux fur at the base of the bed and the green and gold velvet skull pillow sitting center stage.
· White linens (Home Outfitters)
· Black hound’s-tooth pillows (AFIDG)
· Black damask pillows (Homesense)
· Green velvet skull pillow (Homesense)
· Chandelier painting (AFIDG)
· Faux Fur throw (The Bay)