The Murphy Bed was invented in the early 1900's by William Lawernce Murphy.
It is believed that the wall bed was invented due to the moral code of the time where it was frowned upon to entertain a woman in a man’s bedroom. The crafty Mr Murphy then set about working on ways to hide away his bed to overcome this.
After several assorted designs and bed sizes he came up with the pivot and counter balanced wall bed. To this day Mr Murphy's wall bed design is still the basis for all fold away wall beds today.
They are also know by many different names such as, hidden bed, tilt away bed, bed in the wall, off the wall bed to name a few.
In the modern day now where space is at a premium or more people are working from home, we have seen the resurgence in popularity of the wall bed.