Beyond the loft bed: retractable sleeping platforms that literally disappear during the day, freeing up living space.
Above: Mad Men actor Vincent Kartheiser lives in a 580-square-foot cabin in Hollywood; designer and builder Funn Roberts devised a pulley-operated retractable loft bed (with a 300-pound counterweight). Photo by Joe Pugliese via Dwell.
Above: For a tiny flat in the center of Taormina, Italy, architect Renato Arrigo created a cable system to raise and lower the master bed.
Above: The bed being raised; photo via Renato Arrigo.
Above: For the 2009 Solar Decathalon House, Cornell University students designed a crank-operated retractable bed.
Above: An electronically operated retractable bed by Flow in NYC.
Above: The Mobile Loft Bed from French company Espace Loggia rises to reveal a workspace.
Above: The Mobile Loft Bed in sleep mode.
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