How To Build A Bed That Folds Into The Wall

I knew I wanted to have guests over for a weekend in my San Francisco studio, but there was one problem: where would they sleep? I quickly realized that the solution was right in front of me; a fold-away bed. After doing some research, I discovered that this clever design has been around since 1910—and it’s still as practical (and space-saving) today as it was back then. So, without further ado, here’s how to make your own fold-away bed.

Building a bed that folds into the wall is a great way to save space in your room. It’s also an easy project that you can complete with just a few tools and some basic carpentry skills. Building a bed that folds into the wall is a great way to add space to your home, and it’s not as hard as you might think.

Gather your materials.

  • Materials needed:
  • Baseboard
  • End panels
  • Rails
  • Slats

Hinges (two per bunk) and hardware. Screws in varying lengths for attaching slats and hinges to baseboard, rails and end panels. Nuts and washers for attaching screws that go into the wood of your bed frame to attach it all together. Wood glue for gluing slats together so they don’t slip around later on, as well as wood filler if you need to fill in any gaps between pieces of wood (like when you screw them together). Paint or stain if desired.

Prepare your baseboard and end panels.

  • Cut a hole in the baseboard that is large enough to fit your bed frame.
  • Attach the end panels to the bed frame using screws, making sure they are level.
  • Attach them to the baseboard using screws, making sure they are level.
  • Use a spirit level to check that everything is level.

Measure and cut your rails.

Measure the width and height of your bed, and cut two rails to those dimensions. You can use a mitre saw to cut them, or if you have access to a table saw or other power tool that can safely handle long pieces of wood (and know how to use it), that’s better.

Not sure whether you should go for a full-size mattress or twin? Check out this article for help determining what size bed is right for you.

Measure and cut your slats.

Measure and cut your slats.

Measure the space between your rails and cut your slats to fit. If you’re using a 1/2 inch plywood, be sure to use woodworking glue and wood screws when attaching them to each other. Make sure that the slats fit easily between the rails without any gaps or overlap.

Assemble the frame.

  • Assemble the frame.

This is where you’ll need a hammer, screwdriver, drill, saw and level. You’ll also need a tape measurer to check that everything is straight and square as you go along.

Assembling the Fold-Down Mechanism

To build a bed that folds into the wall, you will need to assemble the fold-down mechanism. For this task, you will need:

  • A hinge
  • A rail to attach the hinge to
  • One slat that can be cut to the same length as your rail

Attaching the Hardware & Hinges to the Slats

Now that the slats are built, it’s time to attach the hardware.

  • Attach the hinges to each of your slats. You’ll have one hinge per side of every slat (two hinges in total).
  • Attach a piece of wood along the length of each edge of your bed frame, where you want to install your hardware. Make sure these pieces fit tightly against both edges and corners, so they don’t slip out during use or movement at all.
  • Screw or bolt through these pieces and into each end on all four sides. This will keep everything connected securely while also allowing for easy assembly later on in case anything breaks down over time due to wear & tear/useage patterns etcetera etcetera…

Attach the frame to the wall.

Now that you have a frame and hangers, you can attach the bed to your wall. Attach the hangers to the wall using screws. Then attach the frame to the hangers using screws. To fold your bed into the wall, pull out on one end of each one-inch board until they are level with each other. To unfold it from behind your walls, push down on a corner of any one-inch board until all four pieces are parallel again and lock together in place.

Once everything is assembled, enjoy.

Finished Product

Congratulations, you now have a bed that folds into the wall. You can store more in a small room and make your bed more comfortable, secure, and portable. This is a product that can be used by anyone who wants to have more space or needs a temporary sleeping place for guests or family members who visit.

Here’s how to fold away a bed in a small room.

Here’s how to fold away a bed in a small room.

The bed folds flat against the wall when not in use, which means it won’t take up much space at all. When you do need it, just push it out from its hiding place and set it up as usual. This type of bed is great for people who have limited space but wish to have guests over often or are looking for something easy to set up when company comes over.

The benefits are many: It’s out of the way when not needed, so there will be more room in your room; it can be folded away in the morning so that more space is available during the day; and it’s handy if you have a lot of guests coming over, because then they’ll all fit comfortably on this one single-sized bed without overcrowding anyone else nearby.


Once you’ve brought your materials and set up the hardware, all that’s left is to finish painting, installing the bedding, and admiring your handiwork. When it comes time to fold away this bed and start using it as a desk or a workbench again, simply release the latches and fold it back down. We hope you enjoyed making this project with us at TutorLoops HQ.

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