Have you ever wondered who Murphy of the Murphy Bed is? Okay, neither have I, but I am interested in Murphy Beds, or hide-a-beds, since they seem like they would fit so perfectly into contemporary home environments. They are space efficient and the design lends itself to so many modern home aesthetics. This is what I usually think of when I think of Murphy Beds.
But, the Murphy Bed has grown up and looks very different. Below are some of the newest designs in what was once seen only on the I Love Lucy show. Check out some of the more contemporary versions. I’m glad to see that Murphy Beds are making a comeback.
I’m surprised that IKEA has not yet come out with one of these. In terms of design, it seems that these space-saving wonders would have a larger presence on the market.
The computer bed, “Tale Bed”, manufactured by Euro Flying Bed company, is considered one of the best designs out there. When you pull out the bed sideways, the stuff on the desk stays flat so it won’t be dumped onto the floor.
The coolest looking Murphy Bed is one from Boxetti. I’m sure they are crazy expensive, but this is the one I want. The other shapes on the side of the bed house a closet and drawers.
The Boxetti reminds me a lot of Vernor Panton‘s ideas back in the 60s and 70s. The Danish designer was the master of fluid, futurist design.
Unfortunately, the Murphy Bed had many disadvantages. The greatest of Murphy Bed shortcomings is that it’s nearly impossible to change the mattress without ordering an entirely new bed. Another is that most people don’t want to put the Murphy Bed away when they wake up. Laziness aside, I still think the Murphy Bed is a great space-saver and now, with the new styles, it can also be an asset to the look and feel of a room.
Next week I’ll be talking about the Airstream motor home. Laters.