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Slide Away Bed

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Slide Away Bed

A Slide Away Bed is a brand of sofa bed that slides to the wall to form a sofa. The mattress is hinged to form a seating surface and back support. The bed frame support is a telescoping frame that allows the bed platform to recess below the seating cushion. The need for home office space and dual purpose rooms has increased the popularity of slide-away beds, murphy beds and wallbeds.


The primitive version of the Slide Away Bed was invented by Manning Lane, Warren J. Hauck and Roy O. Sweeney of Cincinnati, Ohio. The knock-down sofa bed with hinged mattress patent was filed on September 5, 1978 and issued on May 27, 1980. During this time there was a need for space-saving furniture with the economy facing high interest rates that made it difficult for people to afford larger living spaces.

See also


  • United States Patent and Trademark Office - Patent # 4204287 expired

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