We Had a House With a Murphy Bed
October 1, 2017 2:01pm CST
When my dad first started teaching, he made very little money due to the fact that teachers were paid poorly in the 1950s. My parents could only afford to buy a small ranch house, with only one bedroom, on an acre of land in the state of Illinois during Dad's teaching days. I remember that there was a Murphy bed in the living room of that small ranch house. Murphy beds, invented in 1900 by Mr. William Lawrence Murphy, are also called fold-down beds, wall beds, or pull-down beds. My parents slept on the Murphy bed at night, and my siblings and I slept in the one and only bedroom in the house. In the morning, the Murphy bed, that was hinged at one end, was lifted at its end and pushed vertically into a large closet. The closet had nice-looking double doors that kept the Murphy bed out of sight during the day. If a Murphy bed was not installed properly, the bed could collapse on the person operating the bed. There have been a few cases of people being folded-up into the closet while still on the the Murphy bed and death by suffocation resulted. I am pleased that Dad gave up teaching and took a job as a consultant for an educational publisher. That job allowed Dad to afford a house that did not have a Murphy bed, but a house that had plenty of bedrooms. Photo credit:By David Boyle (Flickr: P-Town_0022) [CC BY 2.0 ( via Wikimedia Commons
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Will you believe it, I started fancying a lot of such things, primarily because I am lazy (and one person said lazy people are intelligent). So I always wanted a small house big covered porch, and naturally something inside that would work as sitting room as well as bedroom. Murphy bed seemed so great till I saw Ikea's pull out bed. That is so perfect! The bay window seat, at the end of the day, draw out a big bed.
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@Corbin5 Something similar to what Ikea came up with was used in that Kasita... After that, Murphy bed lost appeal for me.
• Redlands, California
I remember those. We never had one of those, but did have the couch folding beds. When we went to fix up my sisters dads condo in Chicago. He had a folding couch that the dogs and I slept on in the basement. The basement was huge and Brooklyn loved sprinting back and forth. Tristan and I just laid down to take a nap, but Brooklyn was still up and wanting to play some more. I was about to fall asleep when I could hear her little paws picking up speed. I open my eyes and see her flying over me. She lands right in the middle of the bed and the whole things collapses with all of us in it and the bed folding on top of Tristan. Boy, he was not happy with her. She did that again one more time before we left. All of us in it again, but this time it broke and we all ended up sleeping on the cold floor that night. Thanks Brooklyn.
That was pretty cool. I remember when my father was a teacher too we had this couch that turns into a bed at night. He, mom, and I were sleeping there while my sisters and brothers slept in the two bedrooms in that small apartment. He gave up teaching, went into business and we were able to buy a big house with lots of bedrooms too. And we slept in a waterbed which was considered very expensive those days. We were the only ones who had those in the whole town.
Oh my god, I can't imagine the terror of finding yourself upside-down, trapped in a closet and suffocating! I would definitely make sure to sleep so that I would at least be head-up and able to push it back out. There was at least one suite with a Murphy bed at the Marriott I used to work at (it was a "meeting suite", and having a bed would look unprofessional).
• United States
They still sell Murphy beds, but much better looking and probably safer. However, they are sold as one unit and not meant to fold-up into an opening in the wall.
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• United States
@Corbin5 Teachers make a lot of money but it is a job I would not have the patience for. I've heard some schools teachers do not earn much but that our school is one of the highest paying in the area. I don't know how true that is but I know the art teacher made $80,000 quite a few years back.
• United States
@shaggin Well, those teachers who have taught for decades and have master's degrees make more. Most school districts work really hard to make those teachers retire due to having to pay their high salaries, which were earned over a 30-year period.