By Margaret Anne Fehr

Hiddenbed, a made-in-Manitoba product, is garnering something of a reputation across Canada as a quick change artist. The company, Hiddenbed Canada Direct, is in the business of manufacturing single, double and bunk beds that convert from bedroom space by night into fully functioning office or leisure space by day.

“If you have a second bedroom in a condo after downsizing, for example, and still want the ability for your grown kids, grand kids, and friends to stay over, you can have a double bed always available. When guests are gone, the room becomes an instant office, sewing centre, craft room or whatever else you want and need. The bonus is that you don’t need to take whatever you’re working on, off the desk to convert it to a bed,” says Mike Solmundson, co-owner.

What’s more, the transition from desk to bed and vice versa is accomplished in all of five seconds. “Leave all your stuff on the desktop,” says Mike and pull down the fully made bed. “You can even have a glass of water sitting on the desk; it’s so easy!”

Hiddenbeds are sold directly to the public through the company website.  HYPERLINK "http://www.hiddenbed.ca" www.hiddenbed.ca. Prices range from $1695 to $2095 depending on size, style and materials. “We’re at least a thousand dollars cheaper than any other manufacturer.” says Mike. “The reason we can keep the price so competitive is due to our low overhead. We don’t have a retail storefront and that way we pass the savings on to our customers. We do have display space at the Birchwood Gallery at #6-1170 Taylor Avenue for anyone who wants to have a close-up look or they can make an appointment to visit our showroom at our manufacturing facility in East Kildonan. Our plant is very impressive.”

Accessory cabinetry pieces including nightstands, light bridges, hutches and storage towers are also available. Single and double mattresses can be purchased at the same time, Mike adds, but customers can use their existing mattress as long as it’s no thicker than 12 inches.
 
Inventory is always on hand for the promotional unit and once an order is placed, the product can be shipped in a matter of days as opposed to the standard four to six weeks delivery time for custom orders. “As well, our prices include shipping to most major Canadian cities.”

Customers can choose to have the set up done for them or they can do it themselves. “We do a lot of the sub-assembly before shipping and put as much together as possible,” says Mike. “We have a very detailed instruction sheet and soon will have an instruction video as well. It takes about an hour for two people to set up.”

Hiddenbed Canada Direct is a group of furniture builders that have emerged from one of Canada’s oldest and largest furniture companies, DeFehr Furniture. “We’ve been in business since 2005 and have been doing hidden beds for about four years,” says Mike.

Customers can rest assured that a Hiddenbed is made to exacting standards backed with a 10 year warranty on the mechanism and 3 years on the cabinetry.

The ongoing relationship with DeFehr furniture allows for the Hiddenbed to be hand-built by a group of expert craftsmen, utilizing the finest materials and hardware possible. This provides the best of both worlds; attention to detail by a team of dedicated builders and the support of a large company in regard to machining support and world class finishing.

The daybed is really a 3 in 1 unit. It is a sofa, a super single bed (33"x 80" mattress) and a desk! This unit comes complete with micro fibre upholstery and 4 accent throw pillows. The main cushion is reversible, easy to clean and fits 4 people. There is 11.5" clearance between the bottom the bed and the desk when the sofa is in use. This unit is an ideal addition to any rec room, cottage or sitting room. What sets this unit apart from the competition is that we make it ready to go with upholstery and cushions. The primary components are sub assembled for your convenience allows for quick final assembly in any area.

University students are used to being crammed into tiny spaces when they live in residence. And sharing a bathroom and kitchen, to boot.
But this will change, somewhat, when the micro-suite trend hits the University of British Columbia campus in 2019.
A new 650-bed student residence is being built above the UBC bus terminal that will include 70 self-contained 140 sq. ft suites.
The units are about the size of a parking stall, but come with a bed, desk, bathroom and kitchen. The design maximizes the space by having a single unit for the bed and desk. Essentially the desk is hidden under the bed — when you want to study, the bed retracts into the wall.
UBC unveiled a life-size model of the “nano suites” Monday at the spiffy new student union building, the AMS Student Nest.
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