Space Saving Designs That Utilise Springs

There have been a number of quite modern beds that are designed to fold away to save space since at the start of the 20th century.  However some cultures, in countries such as Japan, had movable sleeping provision in the form of bed rolls much earlier than this. It therefore shouldn't be surprising that in our busy and cramped cities a new generation of more complex beds, furniture and appliances are being designed to be pushed away to free up space.

Clei are one the leading manufacturers in this new adaptable furniture.  Their main products are not only packed with mechanically adaptable parts and functions, but they also boast simple integration to other modular furniture such as shelving units.  Not only have they developed a variety of sofa beds and wall beds, but also stowable bunk beds and a variety of converting desks are on offer too.

Some manufacturers of transformable furniture are offering automated, remote control reconfigurability that will rely partially on electric motors.  However the majority are more simple human powered designs with a variety of mechanical devices to counterbalance the weight of the moving parts and control their movement.  Even in the 21st century, that still means a lot of springs.  Springs offer so many attractive possibilities to an engineer. They are relatively cheap and, if correctly specified, they might outlive the product they serve.  

At European Springs, we stock a great variety of springs designed to produce a twisting force – known as a moment – and any number of ways of producing tension or compression forces.  The most commonly used springs for producing a moment are torsion springs, but many furniture designs are likely to use gas springs or tension spring in combination with pivots to manage more severe twisting forces.  

Our spring types are available in a variety of materials and sizes, so a spring with the properties and strength you require can always be provided. If you need a spring and you cannot find the information you require on our website or in our catalogue, do not hesitate to contact us and discuss your requirements with a member of our helpful and friendly team on +44 (0) 208 663 1800 or

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