Wall beds, aka Murphy beds, have been around since the late 1800’s. William Lawrence Murphy perfected the design and applied for the first patents in around 1900. They’re those beds that fold up flat against the wall or into an alcove when they aren’t in use. They became a staple of silent films and slapstick comedies of the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. In the 1916 comedy One A.M., Charlie Chaplin has an epic battle with a Murphy bed with a mind of its own.
Wall beds were very popular back in the days when a lot of people lived in one bedroom apartments and houses were a lot smaller than they are now. Rooms were dual purpose, and besides providing comic relief for movie makers, wall beds freed up space in tiny bedrooms.
Maybe it’s a sign of the times, but wall beds have become popular once again, partly because of the economy. Kids are moving back home and people are opting to renovate their existing home rather than buying something bigger. Kids’ rooms that were converted into offices and art studios can now serve double duty as bedrooms.
Gone are the purely utilitarian wall beds of silent movie fame. The new breed of wall beds are beautiful and functional pieces of furniture that feature options such as cabinet surrounds, built in lighting, and office components.
Do you have a spare bedroom that never gets used yet half of the space is taken up with a queen size bed? Replace it with a wall bed and free up the space for something more useful until you actually need to put a guest in there.
Calgary’s newest storage and organization specialists, Perfect Fit Canada, supply and install high quality wall beds that will complement any décor. In fact, no one will even know it’s there until you need it. Call them today for a free consultation.
By Maliheh Braun Join me on Google+