Readers of Inhabitat may have noticed that I have a thing for folding furniture. Transformer furniture is just so much more space-saving and efficient than regular furniture. I really feel that all furniture should have some sort of multipurpose element to it.

Murphy beds are the original folding furniture, dating back to the turn of the century. Unfortunately, they have been around (and been neglected) for so long that most of them have a kitschy grandma look: nostalgic but not something you really want cluttering your house. Fortunately, it is possible to find fold-up furniture that will save space AND maintain your minimalist aesthetic.

Clei UK makes modernist Murphy beds in a variety of shapes and styles. They have bunk beds, double beds, single beds, and beds that transform into desks and shelves. This particularly awesome LGM piece folds up seamlessly into a
shelving unit ? and has a work desk that folds out of it as well.

Of course, there are drawbacks to folding furniture. The biggest one is probably the time involved in moving stuff around clearing the space. Also, there is the constant unfolding and re-folding. But think of it this way: transformer furniture imposes self-discipline on its owners. It forces you to always keep your space tidy and clean. Plus it is a mini work-out to unfold and refold that stuff, so folding furniture is efficient in more ways than one!

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  1. Lane Larsen March 9, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Need to see how long it will take to get to US and also if you sale wholesale to conractors. What is your pricing?

  2. Judith Kuppersmith April 15, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    I want a wall bed for my downsizing apartment. I want the clean, new look you have and I want the bed to be for everyday use–I have a very good foam mattress that is queen size that I want to use. Is this bed attached to the wall and can you send it to NYC? What is the mechanism? Can I electrify it for up and down as I am ageing and hoping to keep my small apartment in my old age. I want it to be real easy to open and close. I want to surround the wall that it is on with my books. I am an almost retired academic–lots of books. Will I be totally comfy on such a bed–slats as opposed to solid wood base which is what my mattress is on now. Can this be made with a solid wood base? Thanks

  3. Candice October 17, 2005 at 10:07 pm

    I designed this murphy bed for a client…..he never complained about the bed and said it felt like any other bed he had slept on in the past. I bought him a Sterns and foster firm.

  4. Karl June 21, 2005 at 8:50 am

    The only problem with the kind of system you suggest is that stuff is going to be moving around when you put up or take down the bed. I wouldn’t trust a vase on a swivel platform even if the vase were perfectly centered. Those things just never work right. Another point is that I’m in California, 2 pictures w/ frames broke just last week from earthquakes. Swivel shelving would be a bit of a bad idea in that case.

    I think that the Murphy with the shelving is perfect for a guest bed. Simple enough to pull right out, but convenient enough to be able to store a couple things. My guest room always looks like crap until 1 day before the guest arrives because I have no place to store my stuff. The shelving Murphy is perfect for me.

    Now I just need to find a mattress for a Murphy that doesn’t feel like sleeping on chicken wire.

  5. t. June 20, 2005 at 9:23 am

    I wonder if that converting bed/bookshelf unit has some clever mechanism to keep the shelves horizontal to the ground as it’s lowered, or if it’s just such a complete pain in the arse that the shelving would remain unused?

    It’d be fairly easy to rig something like that up – the only problem would be the extra weight of the shelf contents when lifting the thing back into the ‘daytime’ position.

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