“The Murphy Bed is a great example of the old saying the more things change, the more they stay the same,” says Joe Golde, owner of Golde’s Futon Warehouse. The Murphy bed is an American invention brought on by the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. Because of the amount of devastation, there were fewer places to live and sleep while the rebuilding of the city took place. The bed was created to take full advantage of the limited space they had at the time.
“In today’s market place, it continues to do the same thing it was originally designed to do…save room and give homeowners more options in their living spaces. For anyone who has a multi-purpose room, there is nothing more useful than having the ability to fold the bed up into the wall and have the full room to use for other activities,” says Golde.
Of course, there are other options to add more places to rest. These include day beds and roll out couches. Having this furniture in a room enables you to have guestroom-type options for your visitors. In this way, a room can have more than one function – as an office or crafts room – while also serving as a place to sleep. However, this type of sleeping arrangement could be considered less than ideal. A Murphy bed, though, gives you the option of stowing away the bed for more full use of the room for other activities.
As with many things, technology has improved the product. The modern Murphy bed does not have to be built into the frame of the house. New designs can be installed onto a wall quickly without disturbing your carpets or wall structure. Because of relatively simple assembly and installation, Murphy beds can also be relocated when you eventually move out of your house or when you redecorate. Of course there are a variety of finishes and designs to fit just about any decorating theme someone may have in their home. And, the mattresses are extremely comfortable for sleeping!
The significant advantages that a Murphy bed gives any homeowner is expanding the living area in your home, offering a comfortable guest room, and providing more utility in the rooms in which it is installed. “This is a perfect product for condo owners and people with smaller homes,” adds Golde.