Wall beds make stylish comeback
Maximizing space in small homes part of the allure
Whatever conceptual lens one chooses to peer through, it’s clear the 1960s classic wall bed — think Austin Powers — has just been catapulted into the 21 century.
Take for example the recently launched designs of TechCraft Style, which premiered at the fall Toronto Home Show to wild accolades.
“We won best in show,” says Ramesh Sahasranam, vice-president sales and marketing for TechCraft Canada.
From a design perspective, trying to fit in everything using a two-dimensional grid map no longer cuts it. Spaces are smaller, people are gravitating to the inner-city and moving up into glass-sheathed towers. That’s why finding solutions to maximize design and create greater functionality in smaller spaces is at the forefront of design thought. Think of it as a masterful exercise in spatial poetry.
“We really need to start thinking in three dimensions,” says designer Lauren Darragh. She suggests using wall space, in a similar fashion to the way Europeans design for things like shelving, storage and yes, sleeping.
“Wall beds are definitely a solution for smaller spaces — kids’ rooms, sleeper/ dens, bachelor apartments, even in the living room,” says Darragh.
It’s a trend TechCraft has duly noted. TechCraft’s wall beds are custom designs developed in conjunction with major retailer Costco.
“They came to us with an opportunity to create a really nice wall bed that could be put together easily,” says Sahasranam.
The designs are varied. With rich veneers and thoughtful detailing, all the beds are extremely stylish and have the capacity to transform any space into a beautiful, multi-functional room. From the clever Coventry desk wall bed that’s a desk by day and with a simple pull, transforms into a bed by night, to modern landscape (or sideways oriented) beds that are perfect for rooms with low ceilings, wall beds can make any space appear larger.
“The landscape bed is great for sleeper dens which are often only nineby-nine feet. Even when you pull it out, you still have room to walk around in the room,” says Shasranam.
Canadian designer Amanda Forrest, who took part in a design challenge incorporating wall beds, says she was pleasantly surprised at the new face of the design.
“It looks very chic, like it is part of the design rather than an afterthought,” she says of the Coventry Desk model, which she incorporated into her own home. “It blends in just like any beautiful desk. You would never guess it’s a guest bed.”
Installation is simple and takes about 90 minutes. Shasranam says two people can do it.
“It just requires six butterfly toggles that attach to the drywall. It’s very easy,” he says.
The beds are available online at costco.ca or at techcraftstyle.ca. Prices range from $1,200 to just under $2,000, including delivery.
The Allegra Double Landscape wall bed is a clever way to be functional in tight areas and provide sleeping quarters for guests.
The Allegra wall bed is hidden from view inside its attractive cabinet.
The Coventry wall bed is also a desk.
The Coventry easily pulls out to a bed.