Wall beds are also commonly known as Murphy beds or pull down beds. The wall bed is a bed that is hinged on one end, enabling you to easily push it to be stored vertically inside a wall (to be more precise, the bed is stored in a cabinet whose door is flush against the wall).
Murphy bed is the namesake of William Murphy. He filed a number of patents for the wall bed more than a century ago, around 1900. Rumour has it that William’s muse was an opera singer. He stayed in a one-room apartment in San Francisco and the moral code of the time do not look favourably on women entering a man’s bedroom. The wall bed is William’s solution.
The wall bed was a common feature on the silver screen. It appeared in films such as You Only Live Twice (James Bond), Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Charlie Chaplin’s 1916 One AM.