If you have a spare room in your home but are not sure whether you should turn it into a bedroom or a home office, there is a third option available to you. Consider installing a Murphy bed (i.e. a bed in built into a wall) and use the room for both purposes.
The main advantage to a Murphy bed, unlike putting a sofa bed or a futon in your spare room, is that it folds away completely when not in use. Yep, it’s like it’s not even there. You have a secret bed you can pull out when you need it, and the rest of the time you don’t need to worry about cleaning up around or under it.
Some modern Murphy beds have been incorporated into modern computer desks. No need to move the computer, keyboard or printer when it’s time to turn in for the night or if you are welcoming a guest; simply pull down the bed and you’re all set.
The Murphy bed is not a new idea. (The first ones were introduced in the early 1900s.) As we need to continue to get creative about how we use the available space in our homes, this is an idea that can make a lot of sense.
Keeping the bed out of the way until it is needed also has the advantage of keeping clutter to a minimum, and we all have enough of that to deal with in our homes and lives already. For that reason alone, the Murphy bed is worth considering.