Odds & Trends: Odds & Trends


A standard yuk in 1930s movies was the moment when a pair of closet doors would open and a Murphy bed would come crashing down on someone's head. Over the years, the bed's Buster Keaton image hurt sales so badly that the Murphy Door Bed Co. Inc. of New York City began making kitchen cabinets. But with apartment rents soaring, the fold-ups are making a comeback among folks seeking to make the most of their living space. The company last year racked up a 15% increase in sales of its beds, which go for anywhere from $130 to...

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