MIA Blogs- Back with the Built-in Murphy Bed
August 10, 2010
— custom cabinets, design, Murphy Bed
After totally skipping the month of July, I am finally giving my blog a little TLC. So much to blog about, but so little time.
My thoughts right now- the built-in Murphy Bed. Could this possibly be a new trend? Or just a need for more space? The need for more space was the founding concept of the Murphy Bed. A little History- William Murphy invented the first pivoting bed system in 1918. During the 1920’s and 1930’s the use of the Murphy Bed was at its peak, dropping after that due to wars, recession and oil embargos, and returning to popularity in the 80’s & 90’s.
Since its invention in 1918, the Murphy Bed system has taken on many configurations. They can be built into walls, cabinetry, door jambs, they can fold down vertically or horizontally, one can attach a desk, cabinetry, or art on the backside, the variations are only limited by your space and your budget.
In the past 6 months, I have received 3 inquiries involving a Murphy Bed design. With one completed and one in the works, it got me thinking about how we are using our “spare bedroom”. We really want this room for our own projects and storage, whether it is doubled as an office, music room or den. The lure of the Murphy Bed is that it allows the space to be multi functional- a sleeping quarters by night, and another space by day.
Here are some photos of a Guest Bedroom/ Office with a Murphy Bed that was designed by Bruce Benning and constructed by Nar Fine Carpentry: