One of the most convenient creations ever created, you may have never pauses to think about where this handy two in one piece comes from. Folding out your sofa bed (or settee) can be an inventive idea when it first hits you- but why did they decide on converting a bedroom into something other than just another flat surface?
So you're about to unfold your sofa bed or settee for the first time. You may be wondering where this convenient two-in one piece of furniture came from, right. Well we have good news - it's not as modern and recent an invention as most people think! In fact, over a hundred years ago designers were already envisioning how they could pack more living space into small spaces with these convertibles that folds out from both sides like bookends on either end but then can also lay flat when needed.
As you fold out your sofa bed, have you ever paused to ponder the origins of this convenient creation. You may think that it is a relatively modern invention but in actuality they’ve been around for quite some time. Over 100 years ago people had already thought about converting one room into another with an adjustable surface area- perfect as both bedroom furniture or living space! However there were several different interpretations before we got what we know today: namely two versatile pieces called “sofa beds".
The idea of the wall Bed is one that has been around for quite some time. It was patented in America as early 1900’s and development happened due to Irish born New Yorker William Murphy who wanted a way to have his space when he went out during off hours or had guests over at any given moment without having an actual bedroom available just so someone could sleep over once every few weeks.
In addition, it seems this man created these beds because there were moral codes back then which suggested women shouldn't be alone inside men's homes - even though they are living spaces too themselves.
One of the first convertibles was a bed that could be folded up and stored away when not in use. This Irish-born New Yorker, William Murphy wanted his small apartment to have more room for living space so he designed this innovative way to let people sleep close together during their day as well as save someplace where they didn't need much else besides food/water (and maybe clothing).
The Double Purpose Bed:
The idea of a bed that folds in the middle was not new, but Black-American inventor and banker Leonard C. Bailey’s “Hide A Bed" caught society's eye when he patented it during 1899.(4). The U S Army saw its potential for transportability as well as storage which led them to adopt this design across many campsites all over America including those avid campers who wanted more space at their disposal while still being able bring everything needed with no hassle or weight gain from extra baggage carrying around on hikes through nature preserves.
The bed that folds in the middle is an invention from Black American inventor and banker, Leonard C. Bailey who patented it during 1899 (4). This design caught on with campers everywhere because not only does this type of camping equipment make packing easier but also provides more comfort when sleeping outdoors or if you're simply away for awhile at your parents house.
In the early 1920s, a young furniture salesman named Bernard Castro moved from Italy to America in search of his own "American Dream". His hope was that by creating an affordable sofa bed he could provide Americans with quality sleepers and make enough money doing so for both himself as well as supporting large families back home. That same year (1931), this humble mattress maker created what would come to be known around town simply 'The Castros' - their first successful product: The Convertible Sofa Bed.
The first sofa bed was created in the 1930s, and it came from Italy. It's thanks to an ambitious young furniture maker named Bernard Castro that we have this new innovation: The Convertible Sofa.