So something like this, where the bed is now - but with the headboard turned into a storage shelf (your dad could do that) so when the bed folds down, the pretty headboard you are using now aligns with the top of the mattress.
Small Space Solution: A DIY Murphy Bed Made With IKEA Parts
With a bi-fold bookcase wall bed, you can take convertible furniture to a whole new level. Make use of the normally blank front by storing books, pictures, anything you want! Murhpy bed from Stuart David Home Furnishings.
Bed Add a beautiful rolling ladder to access your books on the top shelves of a custom bookcase. On the wall bed, our patented tapered steel legs help to prevent stubbed toes. When the bed isn’t in use the legs rotate inward to hold the bedding in place.
EASY TO BUILD DIY wall bed for $150 - Queen Murphy Bed
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