Elevator Beds Save Space, Look Cool

PHOTO: Espacce Loggia beds retract to the ceiling when not in use.

City dwellers have long suffered the dilemma of managing a small living space with a full-size life. But a handful of furniture companies seek to make the process a little smoother--and sleeker--with utlititarian places to sleep.

Italian furniture company Espacce Loggia's mobile beds are a modern solution for those who need their homes to multitask. The queen- and twin-sized models rise to the ceiling on electrical support beams when not in use, allowing the space beneath them to be filled with other furniture or people.

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Other brands, such as LiftBed in Germany, are even more futuristic, with the mattress and frame disappearing into an excasement in the ceiling. It is even controlled by remote.

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As with the popular 1960s space-saving solution, the Murphy bed, one's bedroom wall may require additional reinforcement to support an "elevator" or "flying" bed, as some have been nicknamed. But if the wall's structural integrity is in tact, these electric beds can allow a bedroom to double as an office or other living space during non-sleeping hours.

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