The Murphy Bed and American History

Developer William Lawrence Murphy (1856-1957) began tinkering with hideaway beds while residing in a one-room apartment in San Francisco in the late 19th century. He was falling for a young opera singer and courting customs at that time would not allow a woman to go into a gentleman’s bedroom. But according to family legend, Murphy’s…

The Beauty of a Vintage Murphy Bed

Currently, Murphy beds are experiencing resurgence, as professional individuals return into the cities and make their smaller home more practical. Many apartment or condo residents are finding these beds currently existing in older structures, particularly in places like San Francisco, where the Murphy bed was developed. Between the 1906 earthquake and also World War II….