Opening Folding Bed on Shabbat

I live in a small apartment and I want to have guests who may stay overnight. Would I be allowed to open a sleeper sofar for them on Shabbat? (Because my apartment is small, there isn’t room to keep it open the entire day.)

The Aish Rabbi Replies:

Yes it would be fine. Just opening up something which folds open and closed, and does not contain connecting pieces, is not considered a form of “building” (boneh) on Shabbat. Another potential issue in is making a temporary “tent” (ohel) since the extended couch will now shield the area beneath it. However, since there is no interest in using the couch as a “roof” it does not count as a tent and so is permitted. (See Shulchan Aruch O.C. 315:5, Mishna Berurah 27.)

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