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Murphy Bed

Definition: Murphy Bed

Ideal for living in small spaces, a Murphy bed is an otherwise normal-sized bed that folds up into an alcove, an armoire, or a closet for storage. The mattress is attached to the bed frame — often with a strap or bolts — and does not use a box spring. It usually folds up at the head of the bed to be concealed by a pair of doors.

Often, you'll find Murphy beds built into studio apartments or other small rooms, and you can also buy wall beds to install in your home. Murphy beds are named for William L. Murphy, who held the first patent on the design in 1916.


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jbauer1924 jbauer1924 5 years
Anonymous, your concern is valid, some Murphy units have springs and metal bars that can be very noisy. I built a Murphy unit that uses pistons for the lift mechanish and framing is all wood construction. I do not have the problem that you have expressed concern about.
gossipslut gossipslut 9 years
Can anybody reccomend a brand or where to go to get a Murphy bed? Thinking that would work in my 2nd bedroom.
randomname12345 randomname12345 9 years
These are practical, but are they comfortable to sleep on?
davie-k davie-k 9 years
Great idea, nice to see them come back into the public eye.
sgdish sgdish 9 years
How funny, askmetostay, but I've always felt the same way about Murphy beds. I think this is a great idea for utilizing small space needed for multiple functions. I would love to have one!
urbngirl urbngirl 9 years
I think this is what my guest room needs! Are they comfortable?
rothchild rothchild 9 years
my friend has one of these and they are pretty amazing..they give you so much more space...
askmetostay askmetostay 9 years
i have always wanted one of these....and always been a little scared that somehow it would close back up in the wall with me on it!
vienvien vienvien 9 years
In our small space, this is pretty good and simple for us
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