Another Way to Hide the Bed in a Box, This Time One You Can Build It Yourself

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Promo image. Leroy Merlin

Leroy Merlin/Promo image

One of the most popular design posts ever on TreeHugger was about Emmanuel Combarel Dominique Marrec's design for a bed in a box in a French apartment. That was permanent and hung from the ceiling; now French hardware chain Leroy Merlin shows how you can build your own bed in a box. Their clever design is on heavy duty casters and can roll around your loft.

Red Bed Cube

Leroy Merlin/Promo imageLeroy Merlin kindly supplies plans and materials lists, (PDF here) in French, but with good comprehensible drawings. It has a lot of plywood or MDF panels running at 1 metre by 2 metres (39 inches by 78 inches) so there is going to be a fair bit of waste cut out of North American 4x8 sheets of plywood.

Red Bed End

Leroy Merlin/Promo image

North Americans are often not comfortable with niche beds like this, where you cannot walk around the bed to make it. It works best with a duvet that you can just throw from one end. The 20" gap is probably wide enough to squeeze though in a pinch if you don't want to wake your partner.

looks cozy

Leroy Merlin/Promo image

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Leroy Merlin/Promo image