Bed In A Wall
TEAM: Jeremy Tan – Nottingham Trent University alumni
SIESTAS ANYTIME ANYWHERE, FOR THE TIRED TRAVELLER AND WEARY WORKER
The conventional hotel serves two main purposes: a clean, comfortable accommodation for the traveller, as well as providing meals and other services. However, all these come at a price and if you’re looking for a place to take a quick afternoon nap, it is most likely out of the question. New space-renting services like Airbnb and Couchsurfing are aimed at travellers who will need to book the accommodation in advanced. There is a gap in the market for the in-between home and workplace, a space dedicated just for afternoon naps.
It is exactly how it sounds like. The idea is to have a pull-out bed that is built into the wall, complete with a storage space for belongings (bags, luggage), and a supply of disposable pillows and blankets (similar to the ones you are given on an airplane, but more comfortable).
Think cash machines (or ATMs). Instead of dispensing money, this idea dispenses all you need for a more comfortable midday siesta.
Instead of feeling guilty trying to sneak in some shut-eye at the workplace, people can take 20 minutes out of their lunch breaks and take a short nap at one of the many Bed-in-a-Wall kiosks situated all around the city. Another usage of this would be for travellers who have been out exploring the city the whole day and are in need or a quick rest, but are far away from their hotels. In reality, the uses are endless. It could also be used as a bench while waiting for the bus, taxi, and so on.
To develop this idea further a mobile app will be introduced, whereby users can search for the nearest available kiosk and make a booking. A way to monetise this idea is to introduce a rental service; users will pay a one- time fee for booking and usage of the bed, storage and disposable pillows.
In conclusion, Bed-in-a-Wall does not aim to replace the conventional hotels or new space-rental services, but to propose a new type of sleeping habit, one that would encourage people to take more afternoon naps. As they say: when all else fails, take a nap.