When Davis and Cindy Smith moved to Seattle, they took only what fit in their Camry, starting fresh with a 670-sq.-ft. condo in Belltown. To make the most of the compact space, the couple outfitted their studio with vertical storage throughout, leaving the tight floor plan open and airy. A standard bed simply would not do.
Their custom solution? This foldout bed by Seattle's Wallbeds Northwest. By day, it resembles a sleek contemporary armoire, with doors in the same glossy black finish as the couple's wall unit. But pull it down and you've got a cozy queen bed with a built-in movie theater!
Davis and Cindy had vents cut into the top of the unit to prevent overheating. "It was the first time Wallbeds made one quite like this," says Davis with a laugh. "They told us we couldn't sue them if it caught on fire." To accommodate the flatscreen, the unit is deeper than traditional foldouts, which means the Smiths also scored some additional storage between the back of the mattress and the wall.
They sleep with their heads at the foot of the bed, and Cindy sewed a curtain room divider for overnight privacy, which they often leave open so they can take in their incredible views of the Olympics and Elliott Bay. And, in case you're wondering, friends don't have to pile onto the bed to watch a movie with the pair. The Smiths have another non-obtrusive TV in the living area.
• Davis checks out the newly installed Wallbed.
• The couple says they don't bother with show-off linens -- just super comfy ones.
• Hard to tell because of the glossy finish, but there's lots of storage beneath Cindy's hand.
Images: Davis & Cindy