Inside The Hidden Potential of Murphy Beds
A Bed by Any Other Name…
The bed is named for William Lawrence Murphy (1876–1959), who applied for his first patents around 1900. According to legend, he was wooing an opera singer, but living in a one-room apartment in San Francisco, and the moral code of the time frowned upon a woman entering a man’s bedroom. Murphy’s invention converted his bedroom into a parlor, enabling him to entertain. Earlier fold up beds had existed, and were even available through popular catalogs, but Murphy introduced pivot and counterbalanced designs for which he received a series of patents on June 18, 1912.
Murphy Beds have rapidly grown in popularity over the past few years with the new loft developments in downtown St. Louis. Another reason is that Baby Boomers are reaching retirement age and Murphy Beds are a great option for guest rooms to accommodate visiting family.
Myth vs. Truth
MYTH: A Murphy Bed would take up too much space.
TRUTH: The entire queen-sized Murphy Bed system is only 65.5" wide and 16" deep when bed is closed, and you only need 91" of floor space when you open it. It will also allow you to use your room for other purposes such as an office, family room or study. All of our Murphy Beds come with a mattress that is perfectly weighted and the correct size for the system. Murphy Beds are also available in twin sizes.