12 Ways to Fake a Bedroom
So, you're short on space (like, SUPER short on space), but you need to house friends and family. There's no need to stare at an unused bed 11 months out of the year when you could simply fake a guest bedroom with a hidden bed.
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The hideaway Murphy bed in this urban living space is both practical and stylish. A custom closet with recessed lighting creates a dramatic feel, and clean lines give the sleeping nook a boutique hotel vibe.
Light and Bright
When guests arrive, this bed pulls down from the wall and transforms the space into a cozy bedroom. When guests leave, cleanup is a breeze!
By designing her Murphy bed to fit between two IKEA wardrobes, Claire Ferrante of Little Dog Vintage made affordable armoires look like custom cabinetry.
This second-floor loft was renovated into an extra bedroom with a custom built-in Murphy bed, giving the option to use the full space of the room when needed.
Minimalist Kids' Room
Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri updated this kids' bedroom with minimal, stylish furnishings. The Murphy bed easily folds up to provide more room for play during the day.
In this basement family room, a storage wall transforms the space into a welcoming guest room in a snap thanks to a built-in Murphy bed. "We designed the room to accommodate the family and their guests," says designer Laura Stein. "Night-table trays pull out of the custom built-ins to hold a lamp and small essentials, like a glass of water, leaving plenty of floor space."
This guest room has a Murphy bed that can be stored away to create more space. The orange and gray hues create a stylish color scheme in this small guest bedroom that doubles as a nursery, too.
Room for Both
This sleek and simple guest room features a fresh color palette, new carpeting and a hideaway bed for added space. The Murphy bed folds down on top of a small sofa when guests arrive.
Three Rooms in One
This custom Murphy bed with storage cabinets and a pull-out nightstand by Tailored Living is a wonderful way to maximize space. The unit folds up when not in use so you can quickly convert a bedroom into a home office, a space for crafts or sewing room.
Tiny Cottage Studio
This cottage is only 650 square feet—basically one large room with a bath and kitchenette off to the side. Instead of trying to work a sleeping area into the layout, the designer opted for a Murphy bed stored vertically within the wall and hid it behind this oversized woven walnut door.
In a small bedroom, the use of a sliding wall can create a multitude of functions. When closed, it presents a full wall of bookshelves. When opened, a Murphy bed pops down providing a place to sleep or to relax.
Contemporary Guest Room
The space-saving Murphy bed is the perfect piece for the homeowner's guest room and sewing room. Built-in nightstands, floating shelves and upper cabinets boast storage without taking up much floorspace.