A Murphy bed is a space-saving bedding device that allows homeowners and apartment dwellers the opportunity to put more room to use. Essentially, a Murphy bed can be lifted up from the foot of the bed, using the Murphy spring mechanism, and folded back into a closet-like storage area. With the bed now seemingly gone from the area, more room is available to the user for other purposes--such as eating or entertaining.
During the 1920's and 1930's, many Americans had Murphy beds in their homes and apartments. Most Murphy beds were housed inside double-door closets, which, when opened, allowed the bed to be lowered to the floor when needed. Developer William Murphy first patented the product in the early 1900s and then opened the Murphy Wall Bed Company. Since changed to the The Murphy Bed Company, this business has experienced highs and lows over the years, depending on the demands of the consumer and the economy.
However, the Murphy bed has once again become extremely popular with many consumers. No longer does the Murphy bed have to be housed in a closet. Rather, modern Murphy bed systems are available which allow the bed to be framed and hidden within library-like bookshelves or stored within large furniture items that resemble an armoire.
The Murphy bed is ideal for anyone living in a one bedroom apartment or studio apartment. This furniture system is also perfect for small bedrooms where nothing more than a bed would seem to be able to fit. The Murphy Bed Company indicates that its products are becoming increasingly popular in "fire houses, hospitals, dormitories and hotels." With the new technology used with these beds, not only does it provide the owner with a place to sleep, but it also offers the owner a handsome piece of furniture. The library-style Murphy bed is particularly useful as it not only houses a bed, but it offers a large area of shelves on which the owner can house books, photos and other items.