How to Make a Toggling Bed

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Introduction: How to Make a Toggling Bed

I needed a bed I can toggle to open the door of the balcony.

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the rotation is manual, and it's made by a 6mm metal screw.

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you can see the real result.
for the one likes virtual result, you can open the google.SketchUp file with the real measures.
enjoy

PS: don't forget the 5th leg as it is shown in GoogleSketchUp file, if you miss it, the bed can toggle
when you're moving on the wrong part!

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    22 Comments

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    froman
    froman

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the idea. But you are assuming everyone knows how to use google sketch. I managed to download it and open up the file but all I can figure out is how to rotate it as a 3D object. You could've made it easier for the rest of us non technical people and put up all of your measurements and step by step instructions. I'm smart enough to figure something out, but, it would've been quicker with your help. But it's a good idea. I've already got modifications in my mind being drawn up. Thanks.

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    kmullins4
    kmullins4

    7 years ago on Introduction

    this is really fantastic, my question is this
    could this work on a double bed? would it be strong enough?
    i tried downloading google sketch, first some other dumb program tried to eat my internet and then i could not work out how to use it. which is sad. so just a simple yes no answer will do me! :)

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    flavien008
    flavien008

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I don't, but this project worked beceause the length is much greater than the width.
    if it's squared I don't think it can work well (two persons can move more than one in a bed, so I don't think it can be strong enough).
    I don't know for the Google Scketch Up problem (it's a long time ago).

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    acurto
    acurto

    7 years ago on Introduction

    For some reason I can't reply to my own comment so I'll just make a new one: I looked at the google sketch file, like I said, but it didn't say what materials were needed or what directions or follow or anything like that.

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    acurto
    acurto

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Am I missing something here because it looks like there's just pictures but no actual instructions on how to make this... for example, I don't see anything about what supplies are needed or measurements or anything. I even found googlesketchup and opened the file but it still doesn't say like what screws or bolts and what have you to use. I'd love to make this and it looks pretty easy, can someone please help?

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    flavien008
    flavien008

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    There is a googleSketchUp file to download, where everything is on scale.
    so in the free software you can tae the ruler and measure anything you want.

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    Eye Poker
    Eye Poker

    8 years ago on Introduction

    I would have added a hole in the frame and a hole in the supporting strut on each side that you could slip a both through to prevent it from falling unexpectedly.

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    flavien008
    flavien008

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    on the google scketch up file, you can see I added a fifth leg to prevent it (if I understood right what you wrote)

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    middleton
    middleton

    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is the coolest ever, and could be potentially free in parts!

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    Madrigorne
    Madrigorne

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Totally. Scrounge wood from discarded pallets, handful of nails, a couple of screws, freecycle a mattress and some rope - voila!

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    iongets
    iongets

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Now , could someone please design one with aluminum , so it can go into a homemade camper, ( keep it light as possible for gas savings ) THANKS !!

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    danneauxs
    danneauxs

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Don't have a design, but I'd think a simple rectangular frame with a weave (like a lawn chair) to hold the mattress. Bolted to the wall with hinges so it flips up (or down if that's what you need) and is secured horizontal by straps connected to eyebolts (anchored very well) or you could skip all that and just put up a hammock.

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    Txjoe
    Txjoe

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Great bed, thanks for sharing, at this time. I have to build added sleeping places, for company and you have given me the answer.

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    EmmettO
    EmmettO

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Did you do anything to secure the mattress to the bed?

    I've been wanting to build a murphy bed for a while and with some hefty springs on the side of the bed near the wall, this could be a good start for the design. Cool!

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    patmac
    patmac

    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is great for guests if space is tight. With added cushions it could be used as seating as well. Great idea and very creative.

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    TigerMoon
    TigerMoon

    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is just what I need for the tiny studio I plan on moving into, thanks!

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    urtlesquirt
    urtlesquirt

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Very useful idea for heavy sleepers. Wire it to a timer so if you don't get up and turn it off, it will dump you after 30 seconds.

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    flavien008
    flavien008

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    It happened to me one time, cause I forgot to set the 5th leg!
    I fell on the ground between the bed and the wall.

    Yours seems to be more a trap than a bed! have fun!