Murphy beds date back to the beginning of the 20th century, and they were certainly much more popular in your grandparents’ (or great-grandparents’) day than they are now. However, these fold-up beds which pull down from the wall – and tuck back into position when not in use – are still a great space saver for small bedrooms and apartments.
If you’re in search of a “real” Murphy bed, chances are that you’ll have to hire a cabinetmaker or carpenter to put one in for you. You can’t just hack a hole in the wall and attach your mattress with some hinges. However, there are many great alternatives available that are almost the same as an old-fashioned, built-in Murphy bed. They have an iron or wooden bed tray that mounts flush to the wall and contains the fold-down mattress.
Most of these modern Murphy beds work with sophisticated dual-piston or spring-carriage systems, so the mattress and frame can be pulled down or put away with just one hand. They’re available in all sizes from double to king, with inexpensive models manufactured primarily from pressed wood, and more-expensive beds available in a number of quality hardwoods which will match a room’s design and furnishings.
Even better, there are some ingenious combinations of furniture based on Murphy beds. One of the most popular is the Murphy bed with desk; an integral workstation is built right onto the face of the unit, to be used during the day while the bed is folded into the wall. At night when the mattress is pulled down, the desk automatically folds safely underneath the bed frame. It’s an ideal way to save as much space as possible.
Some companies have gone further, adding bookshelves or drawers to the Murphy bed frame, or in the most imaginative use of the technology, creating a complete desk and flat screen mounting system built into the face of the bed – which completely disappears when the mattress is pulled down. Needless to say, these extravagant Murphy beds with desks are extremely pricey.
Lafountain Queen Murphy Bed
Modern setup for a contemporary bedroom with a compact, folding murphy bed made out of smooth, polished pine wood and has a minimalistic headboard which nicely complements the silver planter and the blue walls.
Delapaz Queen Murphy Bed
A unique approach to a compact murphy bed with a folding structure and a handy desk to act as a workspace replacement or as a display. The bed is made out of grey-painted wood, which gives it a modern look.
Hartl Twin Murphy Bed
A cool space-saving folding twin bed for kids. A wardrobe-like frame of wooden materials is finished in white. A funny colourful design is visible when a bed is up. It's equipped with 2 open shelves and a shelved desk with cutouts in side walls.
Delapaz Queen Murphy Bed
An aesthetic practical contemporary folding queen bed with a bookcase-style frame of walnut wood with a delicate purplish finish. It has a slatted surface, a 2-door wardrobe-like outer design and is equipped with a metal support and a foldable desk.
Kirk Twin Murphy Bed
Contemporary arrangement for a modern study room with a twin murphy bed folded neatly and acting as a floating bench with two thin bookcases on each side with a built-in wardrobe and an additional, larger bookcase.
A contemporary approach to a horizontal-situated murphy bed with a built-in couch underneath which creates a comfy conversational spot when folded. The bed is made out of unpainted oak wood, giving it a classy vibe.
Old-fashioned setup for a traditional bedroom with an all-in-one set of furniture consisting of a murphy folding bed, a couple of display shelves as well as a desk, a wardrobe and a few drawers and cabinets for storage.
Space-efficient design for a compact murphy bed with a built-in desk, which provides a handy workspace once the bed is folded. The bed is made out of white-painted oak wood and creates a nice spot for guests to sleep on.
Space-saving, compact design for a folding murphy bed made out of black-painted wood. The bed has a set of handy shelves on top for storage as well as a desk on the bottom which is left on the outside when the piece is folded.
An old-fashioned approach to a compact murphy bed with a desk on the outside. The bed is made out of oak wood and has two spacious bookshelves with drawers on each side for some additional storage space.
Traditional look for a space-efficient folding murphy bed with a built-in desk. The piece is made out of oak wood with a dark tint and acts as a handy and functional workspace desk when the piece is not in use.
An elegant space-saving folding full bed and desk of wooden materials in light browns. A tall rectangular enclosure, resembling a 2-door wardrobe, is flanked by 2 towers with open front shelves and drawers. A rectangular desk has sloped side wings.
An attractive practical set consisting of a pull down bed for 2 persons, a rectangular freestanding desk unit with a 2-door shelved cabinet above and an open front shelving unit. They have crown tops. A bed has folding black metal supports.
An aesthetic space-saving folding full bed and desk. It's made of wooden materials finished in mid browns. A tall rectangular enclosure has protruding bottom parts and a crown top. A flip up bed has an ornate panel, a rectangular desk - sloped wings.
An aesthetic practical folding bed with a desk. It has a rectilinear 2-door wardrobe-like frame of wooden materials in black. A long vertical bar handle is of metal. A rectangular desk has raised sloped wings and metal supports attached to a frame.
An aesthetic practical pull down full bed with a desk. It has a simple rectilinear frame of white finished wooden materials. A bed bottom panel looks like a triple-door wardrobe (with 3 vertical bar pulls) finished in mid browns. The desk is white.
This murphy bed with desk constitutes a perfect transition between the modern and the past. Sleek, simplistic design, yet based on classic, dark stained wood. Delights also with its functional values, combining a place to sleep with a working station.
This murphy bed with desk constitutes a stylish proposition for a contemporary interior. Ideal for a studio or a small apartment, it distinguishes itself with its sleek, modern, two-coloured finish.
A contemporary take on a large, king-sized murphy bed with a frame made out of light birch wood with a shiny finish. The bed has an embedded shelf on the top and a desk on the bottom, which comes up when the bed is hidden.
Compact and space-efficient approach to a traditional murphy bed with a folding structure. The bed is made out of solid wood with a white coat of paint and has a built-in desk as well as two storage cabinets on each side.
Finished in a deep brown, this murphy bed with desk constitutes a stylish and functional proposition for all, who like ingenious space saving solutions. The item features also considerable storage space, divided between several shelves around.
A blend of modern style and grace of traditional elements is what distinguishes this Gabriella Full Murphy bed with desk. It is constructed of solid woods and veneers for visual appeal and durability.
This murphy bed table constitutes a perfect proposition for all, who look for space-saving ideas for their spaces. Finished in dark wood, embellished by silver accents, it will embody well the smooth, classic character.
A cool space-saving folding full bed (with a rectangular shelf under) and desk of wooden materials in mid browns. A bed has a grey metal frame and a white finished panel with a long metal bar handle. A rectangular desk has 2 curved metal supports.
A pretty practical fold-down bed with a desk. It has a tall rectilinear frame (with open front shelves in a top part) of wooden materials. Frame walls and a rectangular desk are black. A bed bottom panel is white. Sturdy hardware is of metal.
An aesthetic space-saving innovative bed and desk in one. It's made of wooden materials in light brown shades. A rectangular enclosure has 2 curved feet. Both a twin bed with panel supports and a rectangular desk with raised edges are drop-down.
Old-fashioned look for a traditional, space-efficient murphy folding bed with a built-in desk which emerges when the bed is hidden. The bed is made out of solid wood with a dark tint and resembles a large wardrobe when not in use.
Compact take on a space-saving murphy bed with a handy desk which can be assembled once the bed is hidden. The bed is made out of white-painted solid wood and has a useful shelf on top for additional display capacity.
A modern take on a compact, space-saving murphy bed with a twin size and a built-in storage cabinet for beddings. The murphy bed also has a handy shelf which appears when the bed is folded, providing additional workspace.
Traditional look for an old-fashioned folding murphy bed with a built-in desk, which provides a handy working spot when the bed is not in use. The bed is fitted with two matching wardrobes for clothes and bedding storage.
A simple cool modern pull down bed with a rectilinear frame of wooden materials in grey but a white bedface. A full bed and integrated elements (a foldable desk and an open shelf) have frames of light grey coated steel and dark grey surfaces.
A pretty vintage pull down bed of wooden materials finished in mid browns. It features ledged panels and tops. It's flanked by 2 units with a door cabinet, open shelves and drawers (with metal oval and bar pulls). A rectangular desk has folding legs.
This Murphy bed with desk constitutes a great multi-functional piece of furniture. Ideal for all gadgeteers or those who simply want to save space. Classic, solid, dark-stained wood combines here with modern-looking steel legs.
Embodying well the contemporary spirit and adding a versatile, multi-functional accent to one's interiors. This sleek, stylish Murphy bed will help you create a transformable space, with a desk during the day and a bed at night.
This multifunctional piece of furniture conceals a phenomenal mechanism, that will surely work out well in all smaller spaces. It provides a desk during the day and a normal sleeping bed at night.
A cool contemporary flip-up queen bed (having a metal support) with a desk. An enclosure features open shelves on the left, doored cabinets and open front shelves above the bed and on the right. The entirety is of wooden materials in light browns.
An elegant woody pull-down queen bed (with a metal support) in mid browns. Its enclosure (with a crown top) consists of a rectangular desk (with a cabinet), a shelved unit with a 2-door bottom cabinet, and a drawered and doored unit with a top shelf.
A modern approach to a compact, space-saving murphy bed in a king size with a built-in desk that can be used when the bed is folded. The frame of the bed is made out of solid wood with a black coat of paint and it has two tiers of shelves.
An antique murphy bed with a space-efficient structure, made out of vibrant cherry wood with a fine polish. The bed has a built-in desk as well as a bookshelf with a couple of drawers on each side for storage.
A compact, space-efficient murphy bed in a contemporary style with a handy desk which shows when the bed is folded. The bed is surrounded by a bunch of drawers and shelves for additional storage and display space.
Traditional design for an elegant murphy bed with a built-in desk on the outside. The bed is made out of solid wood with a dark brown coat of paint and has a couple of vintage decorations on the top shelf above it.
Being an ideal solution for smaller spaces, like studios or tiny apartments, this murphy bed delights with its multifunctionality. A desk during the day, a bed to sleep at night. Magic!
Finished in stylish black, this murphy bed with desk constitutes a smooth proposition for a contemporary studio or small apartment. A great space saving solution, delighting with its multifunctional usage.
A cool contemporary foldout queen bed with a simple rectilinear enclosure of wooden materials finished in light browns. It contains size-varied open front shelves. A bed with an integrated rectangular desk (having 2 upturned L-legs) are white.
A hip space-saving contemporary desk accommodating a drop-down twin bed. A simple rectilinear desk is of wooden materials with a glossy white finish. A bed has a frame and 2 folding legs of grey coated metal.
Contemporary design for a tall murphy bed in a full size, made out of white-painted solid wood on the outside and a walnut wood inlay, paired with an aluminum desk on wheels with an ergonomic office chair.
A compact and a space-efficient murphy bed in a queen size, made in an Amish style. The murphy bed is made out of oak wood with a dark tint and a shiny finish and has a built-in desk on the front when folded.
Traditional approach to a full-size murphy bed made out of solid oak wood with a shiny finish. The murphy bed is made in a full size and has three display shelves on the top as well as a built-in handy desk.
Crafted in bright wood, this Murphy bed with desk not only brings in incredible functionality, but also adds a smooth, rustic vibe to the space. A desk during the day, a full size bed at night. How cool is that?!
Traditionally designed, finished in dark espresso, this Murphy bed constitutes a fantastic way to utilize the one extra space you have in the property, generating it the to your house office and have a guest space obtainable too.