What is a Murphy bed?
The wall bed or Murphy bed is a bed hinged at one end so it can be stored vertically in a cabinet, closet or against a wall.
It was invented by American William L. Murphy (1876-1959). Murphy’s creation became known as a Murphy bed, and the term was used so commonly so as to be determined ineligible for trademark protection.
The common usage of a Murphy bed is primarily as a space-saver, similar to trundle beds. The Murphy beds of old used a lot of metal and springs and therefore were often a bit squeaky.
Today's Murphy beds use pistons to raise and lower the bed, which sits on a wooden platform - making for a nearly noiseless opening and closing process.
Another positive development is that today's Murphy beds do not require a box spring (cost savings) and can use a standard mattress suited to your personal preference.
A wood-construction Murphy bed will last literally decades with normal usage and enhance the value of your home.