When we say wall beds we immediately think of the Murphy bed. It’s been named after William Lawrence Murphy and legend has it that he came up with the idea when he was living in a one-room apartment, driven by the desire to be able to entertain without making it seem like he’s inviting the guests into a bedroom but rather into a parlor. In the recent years, the design evolved to also include features such as lighting, storage or to be part of complex and multifunctional structures.
Wall beds are mainly meant to be space-saving and this makes them perfect for small homes and apartments, hotel rooms, mobile homes and college rooms. Their practical side is emphasized by companies such as Studiomama which redesigned the interior of this tiny house in London. The furniture was custom-designed and it includes a fold-out bed, a standing desk and extendable benches. They took the challenge of transforming this tiny space into a comfortable and inviting home head on and the project was a big success.
Wall beds became more popular in the early 2010s because of the economy as people started to renovate their small homes rather than move into bigger spaces. Of course, small and budget-friendly doesn’t have to mean cheap and ugly. In fact, the micro homes designed by Cocoon9 show the exact opposite. These are prefabricated structure which, despite being small, manage to pair efficiency and luxury in harmonious and very rewarding ways.
The secret to living comfortably in a tiny home is almost always multifunctional furniture. When Rosa and Robert Garneau designed this 650 square foot space they knew they had to make the most out of every little corner so they chose to keep the walls uncluttered and to maintain an open and airy feel throughout. This was achieved by using features like a Murphy bed, secret storage compartments and multipurpose furniture everywhere.
Multifunctional furniture is also useful when transforming or repurposing a space. For example, Waataa redesigned a trio of commercial spaces into apartments. The apartment are located in Lisboa, Portugal and despite being small they’re look very fresh, bright and open. That’s thanks to all the space-saving custom furniture designed for them. The blue module featured here is particularly interesting. It looks very clean and compact but it hides a lot of secrets, including a fold-down bed.