Ron Barth is almost apologetic when he uses the term Murphy bed to describe the Clei multifunctional wall beds his company imports from Italy.

“The name Murphy bed has this connotation in the public’s mind of being something that is clunky and uncomfortable,” said Barth, co-owner of Resource Furniture, headquartered in New York. “The Clei system we started importing over 10 years ago was like 20 generations beyond what anybody has seen in terms of quality of the wall bed, design of the wall bed and the multifunctionality of the wall bed. It’s not this huge hulking presence in the room. It’s high-end Italian furniture.”