28 days of Black Inventions: Folding Cabinet Bed

28 days of Black Inventions

February 12th, 2017

Folding Cabinet Bed

As we normally do this time of year, we’re going to celebrate Black History Month by acknowledging 28 of the most influential, world changing inventions by Black People. Our goal is to shed light on some inventions that most people probably didn’t know about, some of the lessor known inventions as well some of the more notable inventions. So, join us on our 28-day journey and you might learn a thing or two.

Folding Cabinet Bed


In a time, way before the introduction of the Murphy Bed, (a hidden wall/cabinet bed, that can be folded or stored away to look like furniture) there was the Folding Cabinet Bed. It was exactly what it sounded like, a bed that can double as a Cabinet in the day and bed by night. It serves a purpose like that of the modern day Murphy Beds. It was Invented to preserve space in small apartment like dwellings.

Sarah E. Goode

It was created by an African American Women of mixed race. Her name was Sarah E. Goode, an Inventor, from Toledo, Ohio. A Free Woman on July 14th, 1885, she received a Patent for her creation “Folding Cabinet Bed”. She was the Owner of a popular Furniture Store of her day, and knew that this type of furniture was needed. Very little else is known about Mrs. Goode other than she was likely the 1st African American Woman to receive a Patent. Her Invention predated the Murphy Bed by almost 30 years.

Editor’s Note: We usually provide a picture of the Inventor as well but i couldn’t confirm the piture of the person, so we left it out. If we can confirm or find a picture of Sarah E. Goode we will post it.  #Thankyou



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