January 7, 2010

Murphy Bed 2.0 (Rodgers Architecture Style)

3975 19th Street Bed(room)

Okay, so in a little bit we're going to feature the full home (so stay tuned).

3975 19th Street Bed 2

And to be honest, we’re not big fans of the Murphy bed per se.

3975 19th Street Bed 3

But we have to admit, this solution for extra guests made us smile.

3975 19th Street Bed 4

And considering the original Murphy Wall Bed Company started in San Francisco...

3975 19th Street Bed 5

...it all seemed rather apropos.

3975 19th Street Bedroom

UPDATE: Seeing as how a few readers just couldn't wait: 3975 19th Street.

Murphy Bed Company: History [murphybedcompany.com]
The Top Half Comes To Market Two Years Later (3975 19th Street) [SocketSite]

First Published: January 7, 2010 7:00 AM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

very cool idea. i just ordered three. my agent just gave the green light to relist my 2 BR condo as a 5 BR condo.

Posted by: resp at January 7, 2010 9:05 AM

seems unnecessarily very hazardous.

Posted by: condoshopper at January 7, 2010 9:14 AM

Soes it operate via garage door opener?

Posted by: hugh at January 7, 2010 9:18 AM

it seems like a regular murphy bed would be much more practical. you can just pull it down, and the bedside lights etc are already set up. as opposed to dropping the bed, and then putting up those shelves and those lights.

still, I guess it's cool.

Posted by: ex SF-er at January 7, 2010 9:33 AM

Is this contraption something that I, as a guest, would be sleeping on....and someone, by accident/on purpose, would retract me into the ceiling?
Seems contrived. If there are chairs and tables in the room, what are you supposed to do with them?

Posted by: jon at January 7, 2010 9:46 AM

We have a Library Bed in our spare br / office. Very practical and does not have the obvious Murphy Bed look.

http://www.librarybed.com/

Posted by: OneEyedMan at January 7, 2010 9:46 AM

This odd bed and Jon's comment above invoke the Condor's infamous white piano and the unfortunate demise of Jimmy Ferrozzo.

Posted by: SYFer at January 7, 2010 9:59 AM

Jimmy "the beard".
Ave Jimmy

Posted by: jon at January 7, 2010 10:23 AM

"Seems contrived. If there are chairs and tables in the room, what are you supposed to do with them?"

This is my question about ALL murphy beds. I never really understood them because for them to come down, the room has to be empty...and then what is there when the bed is up?

Posted by: Michael at January 7, 2010 10:54 AM

I think this looks pretty nice, but I'd see using it in a "don't change it often" kinda way, either in a studio, keeping it open until you care to have some company over, or in a den/office that you want to convert to a guest bedroom in a way that is a bit nicer than a pullout couch or futon.

I guess I wonder how much ceiling clearance you need to put one of these in, or did they drop the whole ceiling to cover it up

Posted by: db at January 7, 2010 11:08 AM

Did anyone notice the two wings on the side? They look like mini closet rails... Now that's cool! Your guests have a place to hang their clothes!

Posted by: Ryan at January 7, 2010 11:16 AM

You guys are looking at this all wrong - it's a way to hide the bed during parties when you need the extra dance floor!

Posted by: Beejamin at January 7, 2010 1:33 PM

I didn't realze you could buy a two thousand dollar library bed.

Us po' folk use a toilet bed.

Couple of boards over the toilet seat and the edge of the bathtub with a sleeping bag on top of the boards. The tank makes an attractive headboard with a built in shelf on top. The toilet bed stores in any closet.

Posted by: tipster at January 7, 2010 3:50 PM

^^^ And you don't even have to get up to get a drink of water if you get thirsty in the night.

Posted by: OneEyedMan at January 7, 2010 4:57 PM

A ridiculous overpriced and overdesigned contraption. It looks as if the entire room has to be cleared as well as anything along the back wall for the bed to be lowered (a practical murphy bed should not require an entire room be cleared for it to open.) It would be alot better if the bed only lowered half or a third of the way down, like a loft so that nothing on the floor had to be removed.

Posted by: knightcrimes at January 7, 2010 7:31 PM

The deluxe version has a built-in sound system that plays "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" when lowering the bed, and Loony Tune's "That's all Folks" when closing it.

Posted by: wow at January 8, 2010 7:15 AM

This is my question about ALL murphy beds. I never really understood them because for them to come down, the room has to be empty...and then what is there when the bed is up?

The room doesn't have to be empty for a murphy bed to come down. If there's a couple of chairs or a coffee table in the way, you'd move them out of the way, against a wall or something. Just like when you pull out a sofa bed.

Posted by: joh at January 8, 2010 8:57 AM

Futon slipcovers are available in a wide variety of fabrics, colors, and styles.
Costs begin for the folding bed mechanism at about $300
and go up from there. Determine your furniture and draw
an outline for each piece. These fittings are well accommodating in the free space and hence look like built-in furniture.

Posted by: murphy bed furniture at October 3, 2013 7:26 AM

absolutely COOL. But only as a extra bed. It takes up what would be empty floor space to allow for it come down to be put in most homes a traditional cabinet style either vert. or horiz. would have been a better choice. Imagine a bed behind a bar!

Posted by: dbv at April 18, 2014 7:17 PM

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