Bed Space by Kathryn Merrifield

Childcare is the chief motivator for me to explore the option of a Murphy Bed. Mom of three, single parenting and lover of all things amid my creative sales and marketing approach to real estate. No fourth bedroom for me, so what do I do if there’s no au pair space? Or, what do I think about doing?

Many who live in New York City have done the same. The closest northern suburb of New York offers more space but for many of us, it’s still not enough to host a visiting au pair. You know, the international, young and fun sitter who works for close to nothing but receives free room and board in compliance with agency standards? All you can hope is that she’s not MeanNanny from the Netflix show “Workin’ Moms,” because who needs that kind of negativity?

Murphy Bed to the rescue. It’s the trapdoor solution to this problem and many others – occasional visitors or in my opinion, serendipitous fun: trap doors, secret wine cellars, hidden stairways, whispering halls or that weird little closet under the staircase that looks like it’s intended for a gnome – really, anything that can be tucked away into a wall to make a small place into flexible space, is worthy, especially if you’re going to spend at least 8/24 hours per day in it.

Despite the clandestine reputation, and potential disaster a Murphy bed could create, the name has nothing to do with Murphy’s Law, which states, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”

“The truth is that the bed is named for William Lawrence Murphy (1876 – May 23, 1957), who applied for his first patents around 1900. According to legend, he was wooing an opera singer, but living in a one-room apartment in San Francisco, and the moral code of the time frowned upon a woman entering a man’s bedroom.”

“A Murphy works by being pulled out of the cabinet before being replaced back inside. This means that the legs of the bed must be able to retract flat against the mattress in order to fit. The way this works is similar to the way that the legs of a sofa bed fold in order to fit inside the couch.” – Wikipedia

Word has it that the bed is actually more comfortable than a sleeper sofa, which isn’t difficult to attain. That said, if you need a sofa it may not be the route for you.

To get one, just Google it. Ratings not yet available, but please let me know what you find out. Someone else would get my room and who doesn’t need a wee bit ‘o luck ‘o the Irish?