Hidden Bed Descends from Ceiling to Turn a Living Room into the Bedroom

Inspired by densely-populated urban areas where space is at a premium, designer Simon Woodroffe has created the YO! Home. It's a residence that economizes space without sacrificing luxury, and it offers innovative functions to help you maximize a compact unit. Some of these fantastic features include: a pocket kitchen that folds neatly into the walls; a pop-up dining table whose surface doubles as the floor; and hidden storage underneath the ground. But Woodroffe's most striking addition that takes space-saving to the next level is the home's retractable bed that drops from the ceiling to perfectly align and cover a u-shaped couch.

The large sofa cleverly doubles as a platform for the mattress and bed frame to sit on. To make the seamless transition from seating to bedding, a tiny motor moves the slumbering platform from the ceiling to the floor. Although this progression is meant to happen mechanically, the bed also has a manual movement option in the event of a power outage.

The 430-square foot YO! Home is the second prototype for the design, and its plan is currently being applied in an upcoming 24-unit building in Manchester, England. This is one of the next steps towards making Woodroffe's vision a reality.

YO! Home: Website | Facebook
via [Contemporist]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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