Today we’ll talk about such interesting home improvement options as Murphy’s bed and door. They got their name from the name of the inventor and have one very interesting common feature. Our tips site will tell you about such doors and beds, give examples of use in the interior.
The portal has already written in detail about transforming furniture, which is very much appreciated by owners of small apartments. So, in the West, Murphy’s bed is understood as a sleeping place with a lifting mechanism that allows you to hide it in a closet or a niche in the wall during the day. That is, in fact, this is a lifting bed, the patent for the invention of which was received back in 1916 by the American William Lorenz Murphy.
Lifting mechanisms can be different:
- On metal hinges;
- Gas shock absorbers.
Modern lifting beds can be horizontal, that is, the pivot axis is parallel to the sleeping place. It is imperative for the safety of the owners to install stoppers so that the bed does not fall out of the niche or closet and smoothly descend.
Modern lift beds are often combined with sofas or work areas. During the day it is just a small sofa or a desk, at night it is a spacious sleeping area with an orthopedic mattress. Saving space is obvious, for a tiny apartment it is a great option. Although, of course, the owners will have to repeat the process of raising and lowering the bed every morning and evening. However, it won’t take long..
As for Murphy’s door, it is also something hidden. A door that perfectly disguises itself as a bookcase, sideboard, shelves built into a niche. At first glance, it is difficult to determine that there is another exit in the room.
Previously, such secret doors hid the premises where valuables were stored so that thieves could not immediately find them. Now, most often, Murphy’s doors are used in rooms where there are several doorways and you want to hide one of them so as not to spoil the overall appearance of the room. Often, hidden doors are installed in the pantry, dressing room, study, boudoir, library. That is, rooms where access to guests is traditionally limited – there is a storage place or a personal corner.
Hidden doors are most often made to order, according to the size of the opening. They are heavier due to the shelves and increased width. Therefore, Murphy doors are often installed on special pivoting mechanisms at the top and bottom of the slopes, and not on the usual side hinges. Or it will be necessary to additionally install a hidden side hinge so that the mechanism can support the weight of the door.
Of course, secret doors can be very different. For example, blending into the wall thanks to panels, wallpapering and painting. This option has many advantages, the interior is solid, with a twist. And the guests will definitely be surprised to find another room in the house behind the supposedly bookshelves..