DIY Hideaway Bed with desk project, before and after
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DIY Hideaway Bed with Desk

The Perfect Bed for Limited Space

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When dealing with limited space, a hideaway bed can be a great option – with a limited foot print, the bed can literally be tucked away. For added functionality, we loved the idea of adding a desk attachment that similarly could be showcased or stored depending on the situation.

Behr Color Palette

This color is Lemon Burst

Lemon Burst


This color is Hot and Spicy

Hot and Spicy


This color is Polar Bear

Polar Bear


We are all guilty of that daydream...the beautiful, spacious bedroom one. Yes, the one where your bedroom is so big that it's actually more like a living room and bedroom combined, and where there is space for anything and everything! Your reality might not be as spatially generous, but that doesn't mean you can't have your combination room. Read on to see how to build a bed that doubles as a desk -- the perfect space-saving solution for your small space.

Inspired by a Poppi Desk, we loved the idea of a fold-up bed that also included a fold-down desk. We followed the build instructions found here; and along with some strategic color placement, we successfully created a space that is both dynamic and practical.

After assembling the desk, we chose palette colors to paint different pieces. Polar Bear was used for the exterior bed frame. Two of our 2017 Color Currents colors, Hot and Spicy -- a vivid, rust red, and Lemon Burst -- a sunny yellow, accented the bed and desk respectively.

These two colors are part of our 2017 Color Currents “Confident” palette collection. These inspired brights are perfect for adding a bold statement to any room. To see and learn more about our newest collection of trend colors, check out our 2017 Color Currents page.

These two colors are part of 2017 Color Current “Confident” palette collection. These inspired brights are perfect for adding a bold statement to any room

Hideaway Desk
Hideaway Desk
Hideaway Desk and chair

To create the color blocking look on the wall outlining our Poppi desk, simply measure a rectangle around your bed and mark with pencil. Apply painter's tape along the outer edge of your pencil marks. Paint your accent color within the taped off area. Allow the paint to dry slightly before removing tape.

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Hideaway Desk

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Limited space doesn’t mean you can’t create a beautiful bedroom oasis.

Instead, look at your small space as an opportunity to explore new, multi-functional furniture options that you can customize to your taste and personality. Let color transform your space into an area that best reflects you and the ambiance you desire.

The Big Reveal

Hideaway bed
Hideaway desk
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