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With many homeowners today needing more space but not having lots of cash for big renovation projects, one good idea is to work with space that already exists in a house. For those people wishing they had more guest space, one easy solution can be a fold-down bed, which can transform a family room or library into a guest room. Architect Lynn Hopkins outlines ideas for how to incorporate a fold-down bed into an existing space. Considerations include bed orientation, built-in details, and furniture arrangements. As part of this article, builder Gary Striegler shows how to build a fold-down bed in eight smooth steps, starting with building a case, then installing hardware, and finishing up by applying trim.
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