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All About Wall Beds

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A Wall Bed Saves Space and More

Wall beds, also called Murphy beds, pull-down beds, or fold-down beds, are beds that are hinged at one end so that they are able to be stored vertically against a wall or inside a cabinet or closet. Wall beds (aka Murphy beds) are an innovative space-saving invention and a great way to easily convert any room in your house, apartment, condominium, dormitory, or other living arrangement into a sleeping space.  Whether you are looking to save some space to make room for extra furniture or need to fit an extra sleeper in a room, apartment, or house, murphy beds can be a very practical addition to any living space where space is at a premium.

Who Invented Wall Beds?

Wall beds, more commonly known as Murphy beds, have been prominently featured in a number of films, cartoons, and tv shows like Three Stooges, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and others where they are often the subject of comical gags. If you have seen any of these, you might wonder, “who invented such a quirky thing as murphy beds?” In fact, Murphy beds are a very practical invention and the story behind their invention is equally entertaining. Murphy beds are named after their inventor, William Lawrence Murphy (1876-1959), who, in 1900, applied for his first patents. According to popular legend, Murphy was trying to romance an opera singer while living in a studio apartment in San Francisco, California. The moral code of the time frowned upon women entering men’s bedrooms, so Murphy invented a bed that would fold into the wall so that he could convert his bedroom into a parlor to entertain her. Pretty clever, huh?

Types of Wall Beds

Over the years, several different variations of Murphy beds and Murphy-type furniture have been developed in order to suit a wide range of purposes. While traditional Murphy beds fold up vertically against the wall, horizontally-mounted murphy beds are hinged to a wall at one side, enabling them to be stored lengthwise against a wall when not in use. Desk beds, as the name implies, are versatile pieces of furniture that can be converted from a sleeping space to a desk. Similarly, sofa beds can be easily be converted from a bed to a sofa and vice versa in one easy movement. Murphy tables are tables that can be folded up and stores against walls like Murphy beds. And for those who want to enjoy the convenience and flexibility of having a folding bed but are unable to install a wall mount, there are freestanding murphy beds that double as desks when not being used.

Italian Murphy Beds

Italian Murphy Beds is a leading distributer of high-quality wall beds and other Murphy-style furniture. The entire line of products offered by Italian Murphy Beds is imported from northern Italy where our Murphy Beds are manufactured by the Colombo family of furniture craftsman. Products include basic Murphy beds, sofa beds, desk beds, Murphy bunk beds, and Murphy tables.


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