William L. Murphy was granted Design Patent on the Murphy Bed in 1916 in a one-room apartment in San Francisco.
These beds had made their appearances in movies, as they lend themselves to slapstick comedy in which people were trapped as the bed was folded upright.
A Murphy bed (sometimes known as a wall bed, or fold away bed) is a bed that flips up for vertical storage inside a closet or cabinet.
They caught on with apartment dwellers nation wide, peaking at around 1925, and are now experiencing a resurgence as urban living makes a comeback and space seems to get smaller. These wall beds are used very well for space-saving purposes.
Since the late 1900s, Murphy Beds have been incorporated into modular cabinetry with glass, mirrors, lighting, or additional units for entertainment storage or computer centers.
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