The Bi-Folding Bookcase Murphy Bed

I am convinced that you can’t look forward without looking back, even if it is only in the rear view mirror. Some will debate this, but how do you know how far you have moved if you don’t have a point of reference?

The original Murphy Bed company sadly closed their doors after like a gazillion years. Actually, the first Murphy Bed was patented in San Francisco in 1900, and the New York plant based on Long Island stated production in 1926. Not a bad run, but sad to see the original group fold.

As a result of the closure, we have to work something out to make a newer model mechanism work. Dimensions need changing, pivot points need consideration. It’s a whole thing, but a good thing in the sense that I have wanted to change the design of this product for several years now, yet I never really had a reason. Now, I have designed a completely new Murphy Bed cabinet system, entirely out of necessity.

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We are yet to have a slick name for the unit, so for now I have given it the very unimaginative name: the Bi-Folding Bookcase Murphy Bed. Someone please help me here! There will be more to come about the name game….

While the name may lack imagination, the design is great. It incorporates four bookcases that act as the doors to cover the bed unit. These bookcases pivot out and wrap around to the side of the Murphy Bed cabinet. The center of the middle two cases have the side cut away, thus creating a nightstand shelf when the units are open, similar to our Library Wall Bed system.

The real beauty is the size. I have incorporated 6 small bookcases in this design, but am only taking 99” of wall space for a queen sized bed, nearly three feet smaller than the Library Wall Bed system. This has been a big issue for customers – more storage and less space. The new design required me to make the cases taller, hence gaining even more storage space vertically.

My goal is to have this unit built for the Lemonade Social as its premiere debut. What is left is the actual engineering, which the shop (Kevin, Curt, and John) needs to work out. As anyone will admit, just because it looks good on paper doesn’t mean it works……Stay tuned.

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