Many homeowners have an extra room that they would like to turn into a guest bedroom. Turning such a room into an extra bedroom does not need to be an expensive endeavor. With a little paint, new flooring or cleaning the existing flooring, adding inexpensive blinds and window treatments, any size bed with coordinated linens, and you have a guest bedroom – no contractor needed!
Another popular option that homeowners are also considering is installing a Murphy bed. The Murphy bed was invented by William Lawrence Murphy around 1900. Legend has it that Murphy was dating an opera singer. Life in early 1900’s in San Francisco frowned greatly upon a woman entering the bedroom of a man. Thinking outside of the box, Murphy developed a bed that folded away during the day, but could be pulled out at night.
Murphy Beds Offer Flexibility
If you have a room, even a smaller room, that you want to convert to a guest bedroom, the Murphy bed may be a perfect solution. Murphy beds were designed for small spaces. And, since the bed folds up into the wall, the room can be used for other functions, such as a home office or craft room during the day, then the bed can be pulled out at night for sleeping.
Of course, there are other types of beds that you can use to create a guest bedroom. Day beds, couches that convert to beds, even the top bed of a bunk bed can be used. All of these options will provide you with extra sleeping space, however, these solutions do not stow out of the way. Only the Murphy bed enables you to use all of the space in the room and allows you to convert it into a true bedroom when needed.
Today’s Murphy Beds
Today’s Murphy beds are unlike those originally constructed by Murphy in the early 1900s. Originally, one needed to physically build the bed into the wall itself. Today’s Murphy beds can be installed easily without removing carpets or walls. The mattresses are very comfortable, allowing your guests to sleep soundly. And, if you move away from the home at some point, you can take the Murphy bed with you!