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Guest bed hides and a cutting table appears.

Guest bed hides and a cutting table appears Useless--that's what the bed in most guest rooms is most of the time. You're glad to have it when you have guests, but how about putting that space to use when no one is visiting?

This hiding bed capitalizes on the void left when the bed is out of sight; a worktop attached to the underside of the bed platform swings down to serve as a cutting table for the adjacent sewing counter.

The bed platform tucks into a 2-by-10 surround attached to the wall. The platform pivots down on a dowel attached to the platform's lower edge, held in check by a 2-by-4 stop that also supports the head of the bed when it's down. The tabletop swings down on a pair of butt hinges.

Both bed and tabletop are supported by a plywood pedestal, which is set horizontally or vertically. Even the pedestal works hard; one end slides open to reveal storage for wrapping paper.

Owner-builder Oakley Norton of Eagle Rock, California, designed the unit.
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Date:Jan 1, 1990
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