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Great Murphy Bed Moments In Film History

By Closet & Storage Concepts - March 13th, 2014

Anyone living in a metropolis has surely noticed a rising trend in recent years: more and more families are moving back into the city. From San Francisco to Washington D.C., we’re seeing huge numbers of people making the trek back into urban centers, driven by everything from employment to culture. As a result of this suburban exodus, space has become a premium in most megacities, with entire architectural movements built around the idea of micro-housing. Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’ve got our own solution for the city dweller looking to squeeze some extra space out of their home or apartment: the Murphy bed. Most folks tend to be familiar with the Murphy bed due to its illustrious and storied career in film and television, showing up in everything from The Three Stooges’ short films to The Pink Panther Strikes Again.  In celebration of this collapsible masterpiece and its cinematic history, we’ve put together a list of three of our favorite Murphy bed starring roles. Read on to find out just how wide-ranging the Murphy bed’s acting chops truly are.

Subub Surprises the Burglar – 1903

Probably the earliest, and easily the most bizarre, cameo made by a Murphy bed comes in the 1903 silent film Subub Surprises the Burglar. It’s easy to think you’re in the midst of a Kenneth Angers picture when watching this surreal early short, which features a black-clad thief attempting to burgle the home of our titular hero, Subub. Things go awry for the dastardly intruder when Subub’s Murphy bed folds up with him inside it, only to reveal that his furniture is equipped with what looks to be six mini-cannons. Needless to say, Subub’s fully-stocked Murphy bed makes short work of the story’s villain, and all is right in this strange corner of the world. Although we can’t recommend building heavy artillery into your wardrobe, we couldn’t help but share this very early, and very odd, look at the Murphy bed’s cinematic debut.

One A.M – 1916

Moving in a slightly less unnerving direction, we come to the master of physical comedy, Charlie Chaplin. This incredible comedic short likely gave rise to the great cinematic trope that is the unruly Murphy bed, and Charlie goes to great lengths to showcase all of the ways you can be squished, smashed, hobbled and prodded by an ill-behaved wall bed. We would like to point out that not all Murphy beds are created equal, and we’re yet to see a Closet and Storage Concepts’ Murphy bed cruelly toy with its owner the way Charlie’s seems to here. Although this short clearly exaggerates many characteristics of the wall bed, it does get one thing right: when you walk into a room with a Murphy bed, you’ll definitely ask yourself, “Where’s the bed?” And that’s a good thing.

The Haunted House – 1929

 Tons of cartoons over the years have featured erratic Murphy beds, and Walt Disney employed the conceit numerous times over the years. This short cartoon, called “The Haunted House,” is easily one of the best examples, and features not only a terrified Mickey Mouse running throughout a dilapidated mansion, but also a full-on ghost and ghoul populated orchestra. As much as the entire cartoon is great, we’re obviously most drawn to the skeleton hiding in the Murphy bed. You probably won’t find a full set of bones stashed away in your wall bed anytime soon, but you’re sure to have as much fun transforming your space with a Closet and Storage Concepts Murphy bed as the phantoms in this carton have serenading Mickey with their eerie sounds.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we install incredibly cool Murphy beds and storage solutions for all kinds of spaces and needs. Our wall beds may not come fortified with anti-burglar systems, and you probably won’t find the undead in any of our stores, but we always offer the best in home organization systems. Contact us today to find the perfect fix for all your storage needs!

Tips for Organizing Your Gear, Play Room, and Craft Closets

By Closet & Storage Concepts - February 14th, 2014

Every home has a different need when it comes to storage, making a one-size-fits-all approach to organization ineffective for most homes. Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we always work with our customers to find a unique solution to their particular storage problem based on our years of experience. We’ve put together a few tips for organizing a few different closets dedicated to specific types of families and homeowners, from the outdoorsy to the craft-inclined. Whatever your storage situation may be, Closet and Storage Concepts is sure to have a system perfect for keeping your home organized and accessible.

The Gear Closet

Exercise is a must for everyone, and who doesn’t love camping trips and weekend hikes? One of the problems that can arise for these invigorating hobbies is just what to do with all of your camping and sports gear when you’re not able to find the time? We’ve found that having a dedicated gear closet for all of your outdoor equipment can go a long way in keeping your home manageable. An essential item for any gear closet is an over-the-door rack, since balls, bats, and other sports equipment tend to like to move around a lot when placed on a shelf or the floor. Also, look into bins or baskets dedicated to different activities, so that when its time to take the kids to the lake, you’ll know exactly where the tent and camping stove are stored. We’ve also found that a hanging shoe organizer can work great in a gear closet, as it’s perfect for holding mitts, helmets, and hiking boots. Dedicating a closet in your home just for these kinds of activities is sure to make motivating yourself when spring time comes around that much easier.

The Play Room Closet

As any parent is quick to tell you, keeping a play room in order can be a serious headache. A bit of organization can go a long way to keeping things manageable, and a dedicated closet space is the first place to start. The first thing parents should make sure they’re doing is placing those messy items that require supervision (markers that can be used to write on walls, board games with small pieces, etc.) on the top shelf of the closet. If a child can get to a toy they love to play with, they’ll find a way, so it’s important to organize with this in mind. We also recommend getting a label maker for organizing the toy closet, so that when you assign different types of items to different bins or boxes, you’ll be able to find them with ease. We’ve also found that storing books lower, which many people don’t often do, can be encouraging for a child, as they’re more likely to utilize the toys that are within easy reach.

The Craft Closet

Keeping your crafting gear in order can be especially problematic, as a lot of the items can be small and hard to keep track of. One of the best lessons we’ve learned in craft organization is to use ice cube trays to keep your smaller items, such as thimbles, safety pins, and the like, in ice cube trays stored in drawers or boxes. This is sure to keep them easy to find and separated from your other tiny craft needs. Also, like any closet, it’s best to store heavier items, like your sewing machine, at waist level to avoid unnecessarily difficult lifting. Finally, make sure to utilize the back of the door, either with a peg board to hang scissors or current projects on, our a kitchen rack to store paints and glue. It’s always easier to start a project well-organized, so make sure to dedicate a well-kept space to your favorite hobby!

Custom Closets – Organizing in Limited Space

By iqnection - January 19th, 2012

One of the constant battles fought by families in apartments is space management. Custom closets can be a perfect addition if you are looking to restore organization and eliminate clutter. Custom closets offer advantages that can provide the best option for many apartments. In addition, they are attractive and provide a great value.

The following spotlights advantages of a custom closet for your apartment:Custom Closet Design for Limited Space

  • Custom closets provide effective space management and a practical option by combining quality, functionality and durability. Designed to the requirements of the space, custom closets are important to the family.
  • Custom closets can involve adding a new closet to a desired area of the apartment or by adding new organizers that help to create more space.
  • Custom closets can increase the visual properties of a given space with attractive designs and finishes emulating the existing theme or decorative interior.
  • Custom closets do not require any extensive remodeling. With the help of skilled professionals, they are conveniently integrated.
  • There are different types of closet designs based on the available area in the apartment. Including reach in closets, walk in closets, dressing rooms, pantries, laundry rooms and library closets.
  • A custom closet expert uses his expertise to deliver maximum space utilizing even the smallest and limited space available.
  • Based upon storage requirements, custom closets can implement drawers, hooks, rods and shoetrees. For example, a custom closet for the kitchen (kitchen pantry) can help keep counter tops clear, and by adding shelves, canned and boxed products can be stored.

Closet & Storage Concepts’ experts are trained professionals who understand how to beautify a home and help you get organized.

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