Here’s a question; Who remembers the Murphy Bed, the original fold up bed patented and first manufactured in San Francisco in 1916?
I’m sure most people have heard of it but here’s a history lesson.
Apparently back around the turn of the century, courting customs prohibited a man from inviting a woman into his bedroom, unless they were married. It seems a young man by the name of William Murphy was smitten with a young lady but since he lived in a one room apartment at the time, he was unable to invite her over.
Necessity being the mother of invention, William designed a mechanism by which he could fold his bed up into a closet and transform his one room apartment into a proper parlour fit for entertaining young ladies.
He applied for and was granted a patent for his design in 1916 and the Murphy Wall Bed Company was born. Still in business today under the leadership of William’s grandson Clark, it is one of the oldest furniture companies in the U.S.
As people’s lifestyles and needs have changed, the wall bed has evolved and more companies have entered the marketplace.
In Canada, there are two companies worth checking out, Cabinetworks and B.O.F.F.
Cabinetworks, based in Nova Scotia, manufacturers, among other things, a very innovative hidden desk bed, a large desk unit that transforms into a double bed, perfect for a den.
This thing is absolutely brilliant! You can leave everything on the desk, even a full cup of coffee and fold it down into a bed without spilling a drop. It’s the perfect piece to transform your den/home office into an inviting guest bedroom. You can learn more at:
B.O.F.F. Wall Beds has a complete line of wall beds, everything from desks to cabinets to dining tables, all of which convert to a comfortable bed.
Check out their product line at:
If you are space challenged, the ol’ Murphy Bed might be just the thing you need to make the most of what space you have.