Less is More: Murphy Bed/Desk/Closet All in One


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We've seen a Murphy bed that folds up into a table and a house in a suitcase before, but this bed/fold-down desk/closet is a pretty neat combo platter of functionality, too. Custom-built by homeowner Ben Schneider's architect friends at NRML (aka Normal Projects), it's a great way to get some storage, sleeping arrangements and workspace crammed into Schneider's 450 square-foot Upper West Side studio apartment. Without much work, the space transforms from living room to bedroom to home office; by leaving the door to his Murphy bed open, rather than sliding it into its pocket, it becomes a wall, allowing Schneider to offer privacy to overnight guests. We're always glad to see folks doing more with less, and it's a great example of how to create maximum functionality with a minimum of space, resources and cash. Hit the jump to see the studio in its different incarnations. ::Normal Projects via ::NY Times and ::MoCo Loco


Andrea Mohin/The New York Times

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