What Is a Murphy Bed?


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A Murphy bed is a bed that can be tilted up and pulled down from a wall and is common in studio apartments, mobile homes, cruise ships and other rooms with limited space. The bed was named after William L. Murphy, who created a pivot for the bed.

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What Is a Murphy Bed?
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Additional characteristics of Murphy beds are that they aren't made with bed rails, headboards or footboards. Twentieth-century Murphy beds were made with lighting, glass, mirrors, entertainment storage and computer centers. Some Murphy beds are made to be hidden behind closet doors while others can be used as a desk or shelf. Some individuals may not like having to fold away a Murphy bed every day, which can be especially tedious for the elderly and individuals who lack upper body strength.

Murphy beds are often more affordable than regular beds and allow a space to serve a dual purpose. One disadvantage of Murphy beds is that they are sometimes uncomfortable because they are made with wire mesh instead of traditional box springs. A Murphy bed also may not be as sturdy as a regular bed. Some owners may not like how they're unable to decorate Murphy beds since they don't have the usual floorboards or headboards.

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