ISSUE 54  |  Bedrooms

5 Favorites: The Murphy Bed Grows Up

January 10, 2013 2:30 PM

BY Christine Chang Hanway

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.