23 Murphy Beds That Look Good While Working Hard

Murphy beds get plenty of credit for turning small bedrooms, home offices or playrooms into multipurpose spaces, but they're often overlooked when it comes to design sense. See how Murphy beds integrate creatively into these spaces without sacrificing style.

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March 08, 2019

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By-the-Books Guest Bedroom

Located in the home's basement, this modern guest bedroom and library has striking navy blue painted book shelves, and a Murphy bed and leather armchair for guests to relax. A painting placed behind the bed is revealed when the bed comes down.

Murphy Bed in Playroom on Fixer Upper

As seen on Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna Gaines show new homeowners the renovated playroom that has a Murphy bed for accommodating guests.

Murphy Bed With Rustic Style

This rustic-style family room includes a Murphy bed so the space can double as a bedroom when guests stay over.

Drew Scott's Guest Room

After renovations, a Murphy bed adds space and flexibility in a guest room in Drew Scott's house, as seen on Brother vs. Brother.

Hotel-Style Space

The hideaway Murphy bed in this urban living space is both practical and stylish. A custom closet with recessed lighting creates a dramatic feel, and clean lines give the sleeping nook a boutique hotel vibe.

Family Room to Guest Bedroom

In this basement family room, a storage wall transforms the space into a welcoming guest room in a snap thanks to a built-in Murphy bed. "We designed the room to accommodate the family and their guests," says designer Laura Stein. "Night-table trays pull out of the custom built-ins to hold a lamp and small essentials, like a glass of water, leaving plenty of floor space."

Nursery With Murphy Bed

Would you believe that this cute bed pulls down from the wall in a nursery? When it's folded up, it's concealed by wallpaper-covered doors. It's a great solution for small spaces.

Horizontally Oriented Murphy Bed

To create room for guests, a home office and book storage in a small, narrow space in an Ottawa apartment, designer Deborah Gerbis had to find an outside-the-box solution. "We thought about a Murphy-style bed, but positioned the bed horizontally instead of the traditional vertical orientation. We chose maple cabinetry with a medium stain to complement the floor and included frosted glass elements to keep the unit from feeling imposing in such a narrow room," she says.

Double-Duty Home Office

Jennifer Jones of Niche Interiors designed this comfortable guest space for her clients’ "revolving door" of out-of-town guests. When it’s just the owners at home, the guest bed folds up into the built-in cabinets, transforming the space into a sunny office. "Murphy beds and sofa beds are fantastic solutions for accommodating guests while maintaining plenty of usable space for other daily activities," says Jones.

Custom Murphy Bed Unit

A stylish murphy bed by California Closets is the perfect addition to this multi-function room. The systems can be custom-ordered in a range of styles, finishes and sizes.

Custom Murphy Bed Unit (Opened)

The space-saving Murphy bed is the perfect piece for the homeowner's guest room and sewing room. Built-in nightstands, floating shelves and upper cabinets boost storage space without taking up much floorspace. An abstract painting is a surprising addition above the fold-down bed.

Triple-Duty Media Room

This media room does triple duty: first as a media room, with plenty of shelving to store books and media; second, as an office; and third as a guest bedroom. A stylish and practical Murphy bed folds down over the couch to give this minimalist apartment extra functionality without sacrificing style.

Chic Home Office

Hidden behind the colorful wall art, a Murphy bed folds down to provide an extra place for guests to sleep.

Loft-Style Kid's Bedroom

Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri of HGTV's Cousins Undercover updated the kid's bedroom with minimal, stylish furnishings. The Murphy bed easily folds up to provide more room for play during daytime hours.

Studio for Sleeping

In the main living space of this studio apartment, a queen size bed is hidden in a custom wall unit, which folds over a stationary sofa when needed for sleeping.

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Loft Bedroom With Metal Door

A ridged metal barn door slides back to reveal this apartment's guest bedroom with a space-saving pull-down bed and built-in nightstands.

Architectural Feature Paneled Murphy Bed

A Murphy bed becomes a stylish architectural detail when the bed is closed thanks to wood paneling trim on the bottom of the bed.

Architectural Feature Paneled Murphy Bed (Opened)

When open, the interior frame of the Murphy bed is trimmed in the same wood paneling that encases the bottom of the bed, creating a consistent look no matter if the bed is open or closed.

Contemporary White Home Office

This chic home office has a secret: Behind its bookshelf is a pull-down double bed. The desk and chair roll out to reveal a Murphy bed.

Contemporary White Home Office (Opened)

When guests arrive, the bed pulls down from the wall and transforms the space into a cozy bedroom. When guests leave, clean-up is a breeze.

Far From Vanilla

As seen on season 5 of The Vanilla Ice Project, this second floor loft was renovated into a smart extra bedroom, featuring a custom built-in Murphy Bed giving the option to use the full space of the room when needed. This room also has access to the home's elevator.

Modern, Multifunctional Bedroom

This small guest bedroom makes a splash with its sliding wall that hides a Murphy bed when not in use. Otherwise this room can be used as an office or as a cozy reading nook.

Contemporary White Guest Bedroom

This room can easily transition into a guest bedroom thanks to a custom Murphy bed.

A Simple Setup

This guest room seen on DIY Network's Rev Run's Renovation features a new paint scheme, carpet, and a Murphy bed for added space.

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Tiny Cottage Studio With a Murphy Bed

This cottage is only 650 square feet—basically one large room with a bath and kitchenette off to the side. Instead of trying to work a sleeping area into the layout, the designer opted for a Murphy bed stored vertically within the wall, and hid it behind this oversized woven walnut door.

Sleeping Porch With Murphy Beds

Five Murphy beds turn this outdoor space into a cozy sleeping porch in a Califorinia craftsman home.

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