The Brooklyn Museum contains this unusual piece of furniture from 1885. This Smith & Co. firm produced a variety of luxury furniture pieces in the United States, including “metamorphic furniture” which converted as needed.
City dwellers who wanted to show off for guests but make best use of space might enjoy having something that looks like a classy upright piano in a parlor. At night, they could also make use of it by opening the front and adding bedding to the springs inside.
As far as I can tell, it’s not a functional piano—it just looks like one. Nor does it look like a comfortable bed. But it would be an excellent convesation piece during the day or night.
-via Fake History Hunter