What are the differences between wall beds and Murphy beds?
The short answer is: time and innovation. The longer answer is that wall beds differ from Murphy beds the same way tissues differ from Kleenex; Murphy beds
are a brand name of wall beds. The Murphy bed is named after William Lawrence Murphy, who received patents on his designs in the early 1900s. Legend has it that Mr. Murphy was courting an opera singer while living in a one-room apartment in San Francisco. At the time, moral code looked down upon women entering men's bedrooms unless they were married. So, Mr. Murphy took it upon himself to transform his bedroom into a parlor by inventing a bed that folded into the wall - sneaky! Thanks to his clever invention, the couple's relationship thrived and the two eventually married in 1900.
First: A page from "Murphy In A Dor" catalog published in 1925.Click here to enlarge.
Second: A page from the Resource Furniture wall bed brochure. Click here to enlarge.
As seen in the page from the "Murphy In-A-Dor Beds" catalog, double duty rooms and the idea of maximizing space are not new concepts. Like Kleenex, Murphy Bed is now a household brand, thus the reason we refer to the furniture we sell as “wall beds.” However, wall beds themselves have gone through some major innovations (thanks Clei
The first patented Murphy bed design featured a full-sized mattress on a metal frame that hid inside a closet during the day. Our idea of space-efficiency is no longer limited to simply hiding a bed when not in use, but has evolved to be more about maximizing a space's functionality through cleverly designed solutions that serve multiple purposes.
The Recess Type Murphy bed model pictured above could be stored in a 19-inch closet when not in use. Clei's Nuovoliola is a 13-inch deep, self-standing wall bed that also features a sofa and provides additional storage underneath the seat.
The Murphy In A Dor Bed
pictured above pivots to reveal the bed, just like Clei’s LGM