Have you ever seen a Murphy Bed? Ever slept in one?
The Murphy Bed is a time-honored solution for smaller living spaces that turns unused wall space into sleeping accommodations. Basically, a Murphy Bed has a platform and mattress that can be stored vertically against a wall, or folded down to a horizontal position to be used as a bed. The Murphy Bed has been around for generations – You’ve probably seen it as a gag in silent movies, where someone disappears into the wall when the bed accidentally folds up.
Gulf Stream Coach designers have appropriated the space-saving advantages of the Murphy Bed to add living space and functionality in many popular smaller travel trailers. During waking hours, the bed is folded and stored in the otherwise unused front space in a travel trailer. That leaves room for highly valued seating space, in the form of a sofa, or in some plans, a dinette.
You get the best of both worlds: A sofa (or dinette) you can use and enjoy whenever you’re awake, and a full-size bed when you’re asleep. All day long, your “bedroom” is out of sight and out of mind. Without a permanent bed in place, you get more living space and you eliminate the unsightly clutter of an unmade bed. It all just folds up and disappears into the wall.
Visitors will ask, “Umm… Where do you SLEEP!?”
It may take them a few moments to notice, but visitors and guests who step inside a Murphy Bed-equipped travel trailer will eventually realize there’s no BED in the space! Once you show them that your bed folds easily out of the wall, they’ll say, “What a great idea!”
That’s what we think too!
Here are current models and floor plans that offer the Murphy Bed option.
- Ameri-Lite, Capri 248BH
- Conquest Lite, Innsbruck Lite, Kingsport Lite, Trailmaster Lite 248BH
- Vintage Cruiser 19BFD, 19MBS, 23BHS
- Vista Cruiser 19BFD, 19MBS, 23BHS
- GEO, Gulf Breeze, Matrix, Northern Express, Streamlite 19FMB