Fold-Away Beds: A Must for a Multipurpose Guest Room

A guest bedroom may be necessary, but it often spends a lot of time vacant. Try installing a fold-away bed so your guest room can used for other purposes such as a home office, den or craft room.

Photo By: Geoffrey Hodgdon

Photo By: Aaron Rapoport

Photo By: Aaron Rapoport

Slide-Away Desk Meets Foldout Bed

This home office and guest room combination features a desk (left) that slides out of the way so the Murphy bed can be pulled down for overnight guests. (Click the next slide to the desk in place.)

Slide-Away Desk Meets Foldout Bed

The center desk has a mechanism that allows it to slide all the way to the left so the fold-away bed (in the cabinet on the right) has enough space to be opened up. (See previous slide.)

Office, Den, Guest Room Combo

This multipurpose room has a lot to offer. Custom shelving and a desk provide plenty of space to spread out while working. The two leather chairs provide a comfy spot to take in some TV or read. Push the chairs out of the way so the hidden Murphy bed can be folded down to accommodate guests.

Office and Lounge Become a Guest Room

This room is regularly used as a home office and sometimes a bar/lounge when the homeowners are entertaining, but when guests need to stay overnight... (click the next slide)

Office and Lounge Become a Guest Room

The wall opens up to reveal some plush accommodations. (See previous slide.)

The Transformer

When this Murphy bed gets pulled out of its custom cabinet, the side panels slide open to hide the bookcases, thus transforming the room from a library to a private guest room.

Slumber Party Guest Room

In this playroom, a chalkboard lines the underside of a fold-away bed. When it's time for a sleepover, flip the locks and pull the rope to open up the bed. (See the next slide.)

Slumber Party Guest Room

Even in a tight space like this, nothing has to be moved to make room for the foldout bed. The bench with pullout cubbies stays right in place underneath the bed. (See the previous slide.)

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