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Issue 54 · Bedrooms · January 10, 2013

5 Favorites: The Murphy Bed Grows Up

Issue 54 · Bedrooms · January 10, 2013

At the turn of last century, William Lawrence Murphy’s invention of the pull-down bed was one of the first ingenious small space living solutions. Here are five sophisticated versions that make the most of limited space.

Studio Garneau, pull down murphy bed with pea green cover, white floors, wood floors and walnut lined storage

Above: Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory member Studio Garneau maximize their storage wall by including built-in bedside storage and closets. For more small living solutions, see A Tiny Live/Work Loft Made Large. Photo by Ian Allen via Dwell.

Above: A custom Murphy bed by Murdock Solon Architects.

White wood panelled room where pull down murphy bed reveals gray panels, pull down murphy bed with built in down lights

Above L: A contrasting color of paint on the interior creates an instant headboard. Photo by Angus Fergusson via House and Home. Above R: Reading lights have been incorporated into the wood surround of the bed. Image via Lydia's Next Step.

pull down Murphy bed made with riveted aluminum

Above: A guest bedroom with a pull down bed inspired by airplane wings was built into a disused shipping container in a loft space in San Francisco. Photo by Drew Kelly via Dwell.

blue and wood pull down murphy bunk beds

Above: The same principle can be applied to bunk beds. Images via We Do Beds and Casa Kids.

N.B: For the most part, small living is the reality of the way we live today. For more inspiration, see 1490 back posts of Small Living Solutions.

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