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Cabinet Bed

 

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I have a large heavy bed with beautiful wood carved designs. It looks like a large dresser, very tall. But it pulls out and opens up and makes a bed that probably had a feather mattress. When pulled up and pushed back in it looks just like a dresser. It has little key holes and pulls to look as if it has drawers. And on the top it has shelf on each end and a round mirror in the center. It isn’t a Murphy Bed, so what is it?

Peggy
Red Rooster Antiques, of Woodbury, TN

 

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What Peggy had (she has since sold it) is what’s known as a cabinet bed. Murphy Beds were invented in 1900 and hung on a door, swinging down for use. And that design is patented.

Cabinet beds, like sofa beds, are another innovation along the same lines. Essentially, when the cabinet folds down, it changes shape revealing a bed. You'll also notice that the design of the furniture is similar to that found in early Sears catalogs, so this piece most likely offered through Sears. Many of these pieces were manufactured in Indiana.

In fact, Peggy found a picture of her bed in a reproduction 1908 Sears Catalog, which sold for less then $30. She sold her bed for almost $1,500.

If anyone knows anything more about these types of beds, please send me an E-mail with your comments.

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