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Sarah E. Goode was a furniture store owner and the first African-American woman to receive a patent. Her patent was for a space-saving, innovative solution that combined a bed and a cabinet. She received her patent for a Folding Cabinet Bed on July 14, 1885—27 years before William Lawrence Murphy patented his fold-up “Murphy Bed” design.
Goode’s bed could be folded up into a cabinet that was also a roll-top desk. The desk had spaces for paper, writing tools and storage.
While CPSC is not aware of safety concerns with Goode’s original bed design, we keep up with the latest trends in sleep solutions and look for ways to promote bedding safety.
Today, CPSC focuses bedding safety efforts on:
- Reducing deaths and injuries from mattress fires,
- Encouraging older adults and their caregivers to use caution with adult bed rails, and
- Teaching parents and grandparents about how to put babies to sleep safely.
At CPSC, we help make everyday products safer for you.