So I’m wondering, how do you get a Murphy Bed plans to build my own? The Murphy Bed, also referred to as a wall bed, was created by William L Murphy at the beginning of the 19th century. The Murphy Bed was created as a space saving bed in the studio apartment of William L Murphy. The Murphy Bed does more than just saves space… it looks cool.
The Murphy Bed is still surprisingly popular. They lost some fan base once the idea of incorporating a bed loft into a studio apartment became chic but they’re still holding strong. I personally have one in a spare room that guests can use and then fold up to make the room bigger.
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One of the most well-known style of Murphy bed, the head end is permanently mounted inside a large closet located in the wall of a bedroom or living room. This type of Murphy bed (and its closet) is usually concealed behind a pair of closet doors. In some cases where construction budgets were tight, there are no doors. Instead, the bottom of the bed is a solid panel. When folded up, this solid panel appears to be part of the wall.
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Less typical variations of Murphy beds included one type that was mounted on a swing arm. This arm pivoted the bed between room and closet. On another type, the head end was on casters. This allowed the bed to be stored in any large closet and rolled into any room for use. In many cases, the closet where the Murphy bed was stored doubled as a standard clothes closet.
William L. Murphy applied for a patent for this idea April 1, 1916 and was granted Design Patent D49,273 on June 27, 1916. Murphy started the Murphy Wall Bed Company and began production in San Francisco. In January 1990, the company changed its name to the “Murphy Bed Co. Inc.”
The Murphy Bed idea has even been revamped a little. Now instead of just folding up into a plain wall you have some options. Do you want to look sophisticated and give people the impression that you read? Then the Library Murphy Bed is for you.
I’m also working on my own set of Free Murphy Bed Plans. Check back soon or send me an email if you want to be notified when these murphy bed plans are available.
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