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Bed Time: 11 Imaginative Places to Sleep

Creative beds aren't just for kids. People of all ages can enjoy a little imagination in the design of their sleeping chambers.

1. A Cuddly Page-Turner

If you love books and down comforters, Yusuke Suzuki’s Play Bed might just be the greatest bed ever. When the kids aren’t napping, they can flip the page and use all the fun cloth settings to create their own fantastic tales.

2. A Bookcase Bed

Karen Babel designed this bed as a perfect way to get the most use out of a limited amount of space. The bed is held up against the wall using a few cleverly designed bookshelves and when it’s needed, it can just be removed and pushed together to create a mattress. It might not be the most convenient way to put away a daily sleeper, but it would be great for visitors.

3. An Illuminated Sleeper

Even the coolest beds still tend to look rather boring once the lights are off. Philippe Boulet’s Poesy bed challenges that concept by giving the bed its own gorgeous lighting system that can change colors and intensity as needed. The result is a beautiful bed that can cast your romantic moods in the perfect light and wake you up with your favorite shade of sunrise.

4. A Rocking Frame

Water beds are a great way to fall asleep rocking on the waves of an imaginary ocean, but you’re in serious trouble if they spring a leak. For something a lot less dangerous, why not try a Private Cloud rocking bed?

5. A Tasty Treat

Kayla Kromer understands just how much Americans love burgers. We don’t just want to shove them in our faces—we want to crawl into our fast food favorites before dozing off to dream about milkshakes and French fries. While this would ordinarily be a rather greasy and stinky ordeal, Kromer’s cheeseburger bed allows us to relax under a lettuce sheet without any mess or fuss.

6. A Geeky Fantasy

Fast food isn’t Kayla Kromer’s only passion. She also enjoys great sci-fi films—or at least those that involve a certain Princess and her magical brother fighting off their corrupted father. For those who dream of gold bikinis, this Milennium Falcon bed is just the thing to set you off into your (dream) space.

7. A Nesting Space

Merav Eitan and Gas­ton Zahr created A Giant Birdsnest for Breeding New Ideas as part of the Green Gar­den Exhibition. What better way to get back to nature than to let your kids sleep like baby birds do? Of course, regurgitating their food for them is something best left up to the avian professionals.

8. A Queenly Coach

Here's one for every little girl who dreams of being a princess. PoshTots sells this fantasy coach bed at a price that only true princesses can afford—a staggering $47,000.

9. A Dreamy Playhouse

The Sweet Dream Bed is another option. It's cheaper, clocking in at anywhere from $5,000-$40,000, and instead of just getting a bed, your little princess also gets a gorgeous playhouse and an indoor slide.

10. An Igloo of Books

If you looked at those last two beds and asked yourself, “why are kiddos the only ones to get playhouses?,” Point Architects from Tokyo have you covered. The Uroko House is an adult’s playhouse adorned with some of the thinker’s favorite toys—books!

11. A Twisted Dreamspace

While this Roller Coaster Bed might not be the most comfortable thing on this list, it’s certainly the closest to a bed you might actually envision in your sleep. Cuban artists Los Carpinteros created the pieces to explore the limitations of our current interior design. To be fair, though, it’s probably easier to sleep in this bed than it is to find sheets for it.
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While these beds are fairly expensive and rare, it is possible to carve or paint fun designs on your bed frame. Are any of you sleeping on beds that are anything but normal?

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The Secret World War II History Hidden in London's Fences

In South London, the remains of the UK’s World War II history are visible in an unlikely place—one that you might pass by regularly and never take a second look at. In a significant number of housing estates, the fences around the perimeter are actually upcycled medical stretchers from the war, as the design podcast 99% Invisible reports.

During the Blitz of 1940 and 1941, the UK’s Air Raid Precautions department worked to protect civilians from the bombings. The organization built 60,000 steel stretchers to carry injured people during attacks. The metal structures were designed to be easy to disinfect in case of a gas attack, but that design ended up making them perfect for reuse after the war.

Many London housing developments at the time had to remove their fences so that the metal could be used in the war effort, and once the war was over, they were looking to replace them. The London County Council came up with a solution that would benefit everyone: They repurposed the excess stretchers that the city no longer needed into residential railings.

You can tell a stretcher railing from a regular fence because of the curves in the poles at the top and bottom of the fence. They’re hand-holds, designed to make it easier to carry it.

Unfortunately, decades of being exposed to the elements have left some of these historic artifacts in poor shape, and some housing estates have removed them due to high levels of degradation. The Stretcher Railing Society is currently working to preserve these heritage pieces of London infrastructure.

As of right now, though, there are plenty of stretchers you can still find on the streets. If you're in the London area, this handy Google map shows where you can find the historic fencing.

[h/t 99% Invisible]

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The Force Field Cloak
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This Glowing Blanket Is Designed to Ease Kids' Fear of the Dark
The Force Field Cloak
The Force Field Cloak

Many kids have a security blanket they bring to bed with them every night, but sometimes, a regular blankie is no match for the monsters that invade their imaginations once the lights are off. Now there’s a glow-in-the-dark blanket designed to make children feel safer in bed, no night light required.

Dubbed the Force Field Cloak, the fleece blanket comes in several colorful, glowing patterns that remain invisible during the day. At night, you leave the blanket under a bright light for about 10 minutes, then the shining design will reveal itself in the dark. The glow lasts 8 to 10 hours, just long enough to get a child through the night.

Inventor Terry Sachetti was inspired to create the blanket by his own experiences struggling with scary nighttime thoughts as a kid. "I remember when I was young and afraid of the dark. I would lie in my bed at night, and my imagination would start getting the best of me," he writes on the product's Kickstarter page. "I would start thinking that someone or something was going to grab my foot that was hanging over the side of the bed. When that happened, I would put my foot back under my blanket where I knew I was safe. Nothing could get me under my blanket. No boogiemen, no aliens, no monsters under my bed, nothing. Sound familiar?"

The Force Field Cloak, which has already surpassed its funding goals on both Indiegogo and Kickstarter, takes the comfort of a blanket to the next level. The glowing, non-toxic ink decorating the material acts as a gentle night light that kids can wrap around their whole body. The result, the team claims, is a secure feeling that quiets those thoughts about bad guys hiding in the shadows.

To pre-order a Force Field Cloak, you can pledge $36 or more to the product’s Indiegogo campaign. It is expected to start shipping in January 2018.

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