We’ve been thinking for months about getting a Murphy bed, and we’re actually starting to dig into some serious research. We don’t need anything too fancy–standalone and seimsic-safe are pretty much our sole requirements, besides queen-sized and “folds up nice.” But my heart skipped a beat when I saw a clipping from Dwell magazine advertising the Ito Bed from Resource Furniture, a company out of New York that distributes European-built furniture.
Pretty, yes? A nice loveseat-sized sofa, a handy shelf for your vase or clock or whatever you like. But if you feed this bed after midnight…
…it transforms into a mother-loving queen-sized bed. WITH THE SHELF STILL INTACT as the bed’s front legs.
I emailed Resource Furniture, guessing that this little beauty would be way out of our price range. My guess was at least $8,000, and David guessed more in the $10k range. To my delight, I received an email from Ron Barth, one of the company’s founders, within 24 hours:
In general, these Space saving products are really unique and exceptional quality.
They all come with a lifetime warranty on the mechanism and 15 year warranty on our mattresses.
They are the slimmest wall beds ever made and the ITO is so well designed and engineered that it need not be attached to the walls or the floor and operates independently of other support. It is completely self-contained and stable unsupported…
Lifetime warranty and a 15-year warranty on the mattress, which is sold separately. That’s what I call service. You have multiple options for fabric and wood, of course, and each option increases the price a bit; the base price for this unit is $10,500. RocketMan’s right on target: it’s no small investment.
Ron did, however, include recommendations for a few of their other products: The Penelope, Ulisse, Adam, and Circe series cost half that, with the most basic system (the Ulisse) priced at $3,250. Alas, that’s still a bit rich for our renters’ blood, although we’re in complete agreement: if we owned our current apartment, we’d jump on these systems in a heartbeat. For now, though, we’re going to get back in touch with Kristen, our friend at Space Angels, and see if we can’t get a regular ol’ Murphy bed in the $800-$1000 range.
If you’re into transforming furniture–the kind that wage battle to destroy the evil forces of small spaces–you must check out Resource Furniture’s website. (Especially this page.) And let me know if you order anything!
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