Today the Wall Street Journal runs a trends piece on the revitalized interest in Murphy beds, which, with their stylish new exteriors that blend into the expensive furnishings around them, "have come a long way from their rickety roots." There are a few things authors Elizabeth Holmes and Maya Pope-Chappell aim to make clear: one,
Murphy beds wall beds are a plus from a real estate perspective, particularly in cities like New York where square footage is at a premium; two, very fancy people—those who live in Manhattan penthouses or the Hamptons, for example—are starting to embrace wall beds as a standalone design element; three, wall beds satisfy the growing number of people who work from home and therefore need transitional spaces; and four, don't you dare call them ugly or tacky. Not convinced? Let those interviewed speak for themselves:
1. "[A Murphy bed] adds a lot of value because it's so practical and it doesn't take up much space." —Eric Fleming, Corcoran
2. "They're becoming much more prevalent in private residences." —Matthew Lahn, general manager of Murphy Bed Co.
3. "Blowing up an air mattress takes twice as long as pulling out a Murphy bed and converting it into a bedroom." —Shamaya Gilo, resident of a Manhattan penthouse
4. "You don't know it's there. I've created this very monochromatic, clean look so that this structure hanging on the wall doesn't feel like an imposition to the room." —Gilo
5. [Pat Splinter, a resident of Granite Bay, Calif.] says her granddaughter calls it her "magic bed."
Versatility Bonus: "Some recent installations the company has done include Murphy beds in a home gym and a Hamptons boathouse, [Lahn] says."