Let’s talk Murphy beds!
Invented around 1900 by William Lawrence Murphy, the Murphy bed was first called an “In-A-Door Bed.” Murphy was living in a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco at the time he invented it.
Although fold-up beds pre-dated the Murphy bed, Murphy’s innovation was to add counterbalance weights and a pivot joint the bed. He patented these improvements in 1912 and 1916.
Murphy beds are great as a space saver in small bedrooms, apartments and dorm rooms. More modern designs now have decorative shelving, USB recharging plugs and more.
A fixture in comedy movies, Murphy beds play the comic foil in movies like Abbott and Costello’s “Hit the Ice” (1943), Charlie Chaplin’s “One AM” (1916) and Laurel and Hardy’s “Be Big” (1930).
After looking at several reader favorites and gathering real world feedback, we pick Bestar’s’ Universal Collection queen-size model as the best bet for a queen-size Murphy bed. Here’s why:
What We Liked
• Attractive cabinets provide additional storage,
• Perfect for use in home house.
• Box spring not required to use.
• Arrives in multiple boxes.
What Needs Work
• Assembly can be a challenge. It takes more than a couple people and half a day to assemble, based on our research.
• Mattress not included.