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Susan Magrino Agency
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Featured on A Cup of Jo

March 20, 2015

A Cup of Jo

A genius place for houseguests to sleep… read more

As Featured on Houzz

February 2015

Small-Space Living

Whether you live in a petite rural cottage or a city studio, coping with a compact space is not always easy. But with the right furnishings, living in a small space doesn’t have to mean sacrificing comfort or style… read more

Long Island Business News

October 27, 2014

Hall of an honor

The American Furniture Hall of Fame this week announced the induction of Bernard Castro, late founder of iconic Long Island-based furniture company Castro Convertibles …read more

Long Island PULSE

June 23, 2014

The CEO of Castro Convertibles Shares the Importance of Enthusiasm and a Positive Attitude

It was in 1948 when the success of a new medium called television, propelled Castro Convertibles, and with it, my career. It would be like, for example, the first YouTube clip of a child demonstrating a product. It’s rare to launch your career at the age of 4, but thanks to my mother (my dad wanted to hire a child model) I was launched and I have been opening Castro Convertibles ever since (except, of course, during the wonderful 12 years when I was running the New York State Parks and Historic Sites system) …read more

Gulfshore Life

March 26, 2014

Design Trend: Hiding in Plain Sight

Castro Convertibles also offers now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t 33- and 39-inch ottoman-single beds, and two new limited-edition slipcovers created by Modra Designs and Fernando Apodaca …read more

Metro NY

December 11, 2013

September 26, 2013 – Rule #17 Buy This Ottoman

It does everything!

If you often play host to overnight guests, and you don’t have a dedicated guest room, where should your guests sleep? The answer, clearly, is: The ottoman.

Don’t fret: I am not proposing that your visitors sleep curled up like little cats atop a mere footstool. I speak of the Castro Convertible Ottoman, which rather miraculously folds out into twin bed. The advantage it offers over other venerable solutions to the where-should-guests-sleep conundrum—including the pull-out couch, the futon, and the Aerobed—is comfort. Featuring a firm foam mattress that rests atop sturdy wooden slats, the Castro Convertible spares your guests the special sensation of a metal crossbar prodding their lumbar regions, or the need to wake in the night to reinflate a leaky air mattress. And it spares you the college-dorm indignity of having a futon in your home. …read more

New York Post

August 8, 2013

A Space Oddysey

Feeling Cramped? 10 Items that will give you a bit of breathing room.
The Castro Convertible Ottoman is a footrest by day and a comfy twin-sized bed by night. …read more

Cabin LIfe

June 1, 2013

Easy and Comfortable Solutions for a restful stay

The Castro Convertible Ottoman has a steel frame and hardwood slats supporting a 5-inch thick, 75-inch-long inner spring mattress. …read more


May 23, 2013

Heart of the Harbor

She sent us to to see what she has donated to victims of Hurricane Sandy. “I donated ten ottomans that open into a bed to people in Long Beach” she said, adding, “We will be offering 20 more, shortly.” Her son Austin, an architect, stepped in and hiked up the ante for one of the vacation properties she was auctioning off, showing he has some of the family charisma. …read more

WCJB-TV 20 (Ocala, FL)

April 5, 2013

Castro Convertibles Gives Back (VIDEO)

WCJB-TV (Ocala, Florida) reports on a story about 10 families who received a donation from Castro Convertibles. In this video, Ocala Florida Firefighters deliver the convertible ottoman beds to a mother of three.

Hotel Business

January 25, 2013

Ottoman Bedding Option

The Castro Convertible Ottoman from Castro Convertibles offers a multi-use bedding option. The Ottoman—which comes in a 33-in. and 39-in. size—can function as a foot ottoman, chair or table for room service trays and luggage. It opens into a bed with a 5-in.-thick mattress, and features a wooden slat mechanism, designed for user comfort. The wheeled product comes with a choice of slipcovers or buyers can opt to make their own. …read more

December 22, 2012

5 Cozy Comforts – How to have a harmonious holiday

A real bed: An air mattress doesn’t scream, “Stay a while!” Consider the Castro Convertibles 39-inch slipcovered ottoman ($799,, which pulls out into a twin-size bed. It has a thick, comfy five-inch mattress and even a headboard. Plus, it’s a breeze to set up. …read more

The Huffington Post

December 12, 2012

Bernadette Castro Loves Lloyd Harbor

Bernadette Castro, CEO of Castro Convertibles, has been at the center of her family’s furniture company since she was a child and starred in the brand’s iconic television commercials. Bernadette went on to serve as Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for New York from 1995 to 2006. She and her family have called Lloyd Harbor, New York home for more almost 45 years. …read more

City and Shore Magazine

December 1, 2012

Castro Convertibles Relaunches Brand

As the product to re-launch the brand, Castro chose their ottoman that, within seconds, converts to a single bed. “[It’s] comfortable enough for every-night sleeping and an ideal option for overnight guests,” she says. And perfect for Floridians, who make up 15 percent of the company’s customer base. “Florida is interesting because it’s a place everyone wants to come and visit. Grandparents go see children. Grandchildren go to see grandparents. The reasons why you need an extra bed are endless.”
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Small Home Decorating – Spring 2013

November 26, 2012

Folding Beds Get Better…and Bittier!

Everyone loves having guests, but not everyone has a place to put them up. …read more

In Style Magazine

October 19, 2012

Is there an easy way to convert my office into a guest Room?

No Piece of furniture makes your house sleepover ready faster than this foldout ottoman. Simply remove the slipcover and open up a twin-length bed that includes a metal frame, wooden slats, a comfy mattress, and even a thin headboard. …read more

This Old House

October 17, 2012

Top 100 Best Home Products 2012

Castro Convertibles is proud to have made the TOH Top 100 for 2012!
“Tucked inside this boxy ottoman is a fold-out bed with a steel and slatted-wood frame and its own little headboard. But forget the guests—it also converts into a chaise lounge. Pass the popcorn!”
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SF Weekly

September 7, 2012

Space Saving Sleeping Arrangements — There Must Be a Bedder Way

If you’re old, or at least blessed with caring for an older person, you are probably familiar with Castro Convertibles. You remember the commercials of little Bernadette Castro folding out the Castro Convertible Sofa Bed to show that even a kid could do it. You remember Castro Convertibles mentioned in a number of movies, including Girl, Interrupted. But even if you don’t recall, Castro Convertibles is still around. …read more

New York Spaces

July 23, 2012

Q&A With Bernadette Castro

NYS: Who is your ideal customer?

Castro: Every person, at every age, in every living scenario could use one of these. There’s no interior design decision to make as it comes with a slipcover, not upholstery. …read more

Ocala Magazine

July 17, 2012

Ottoman Empire

Classic Castro Convertibles are back! Castro Convertibles, the trusted family furniture company beloved by generations of Americans with roots in Ocala, is launching with a new, innovative convertible ottoman ideal for contemporary living. …read more

July 17, 2012

Back to the Furniture

Bernadette Castro, CEO of Castro Convertibles, talks about the relaunching of the Castro Convertibles brand while lying on the new ottoman that folds out into a twin size bed. …read more

July 13, 2012

Bloomberg’s Micro Units

Presented to the public as a city-sponsored competition, Bloomberg is looking for designs of a single apartment building in Kips Bay containing nearly 80 of these aptly named “micro-units.” These 10 by 30 feet studios—which are (at their largest) 100-square-feet smaller than the current legal minimum—will include a kitchen, a bathroom, and a living-bedding area all at arms reach. …read more

Ocala Star Banner

July 13, 2012

Ottoman empire: Castro unfolding family business

Castro Convertibles is back in familiar hands with new product …read more

Sun Sentinel

July 9, 2012

Iconic South Florida furniture company Castro Convertibles returns

In 1948, 4-year-old Bernadette Castro first opened a sofa bed for TV audiences — and made it look easy. She was the little girl in curls and a white nightgown demonstrating her father’s company product. …read more

Verizon Small Business Center

July 7, 2012

Blast from the past back in business

In 1948, 4-year-old Bernadette Castro first opened a sofa bed for TV audiences — and made it look easy.

She was the little girl in curls and a white nightgown demonstrating her father’s company product.

Now at age 67, the former singer, political figure and child star is relaunching the Castro Convertibles furniture company with the concept that their product is still straightforward, even after more than 40 years. …read more

Niagara Gazette

June 16, 2012

Ex-State Parks Boss Back Selling Sofa Beds

Bernadette Castro, the state parks commissioner in Gov. Pataki’s administration, is returning to the sales profession and a product line she helped market as a youngster. People who remember the early days of television may recall that Ms. Castro, now 67 years old, helped promote the once-famous Castro Convertibles in those sofa-bed commercials. …read more

Family Business

June 12, 2012

Bernadette Castro sells on TV again

Bernadette Castro, who as a child starred in TV commercials for her father’s company, Castro Convertibles, is again demonstrating pull-out furniture on TV, the New York Times reported. This time, she is appearing on the Home Shopping Network rather than on commercial ad spots. …read more

The New York Times

June 12, 2012

Child Star of ’40s Ads for Sofa Beds Is Pulling Out a New Line

The Castro Convertible that Ms. Castro, 67, pulled open was not one of the old ones. This was a convertible ottoman that opens into a single bed. She is reviving the brand that she made famous as a child on television, …read more

The New York Times

June 11, 2012

The Girl From Castro Convertibles’ Early Commercials Is Back

Bernadette Castro with her new product line of Castro Convertibles, at her house in Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. Ms. Castro was the childhood star in T.V. commercials for her father’s sofa-bed company. …read more

Staten Island Advance

June 1, 2012

“It’s an ottoman; it’s a bed”

Strapped for space and expecting summer guests? Expand your hosting capabilities with sleeper ottomans from Castro Convertibles. …read more

May 5, 2012

Shopping Suggestions: Ottomatic Extra Bed

Relaunching the firm’s emblematic hideaway beds, Castro Convertibles has come up with an ottoman that transforms into a single bed. Masquerading as a footstool or coffee table, the bed is available in two twin bed sizes. You can choose between the 29″ by 33″ or 39″. The footstools open out transforming into full size, comfortable beds fitted with 5-inch thick latex-free Castropedic mattresses. …read more

April 27, 2012

The Closer: Flips & splits of NY’s real-estate community

Look out world. Castro Convertibles is back. The company is being led by former New York State Parks Commissioner Bernadette Castro, whose father founded it in the 1930s with the idea of saving space in the home. Castro, who served under Gov. George Pataki from 1993 to 2005, worked with her children to relaunch the brand. Their first product could revolutionize the storage-based sleeping industry. …read more

New York Post

April 25, 2012

Gimme Shelter: We hear….

. That ex-Parks Commissioner Bernadette Castro, back at the helm of her family company, Castro Convertibles — which introduced pull-out sofas to urbanites everywhere — is launching two ottomans that convert to single beds. In 1948, Castro was the little girl who first pulled out a sofa on TV to prove it was so easy that even a child could do it . . . …read more

Family Business Magazine

July 1, 2011

The Castro Family’s new rollout

Castro Convertibles has been relaunched with a new product and a new sale strategy. …read more

Long Island Pulse

September 28, 2010

Expert Q&A: Castro Convertibles back in Business.

After a 10-year hiatus, New Hyde Park-based Castro Convertibles is back and has launched a new product that’s both attractive and functional. Bernadette Castro, daughter of founder Bernard Castro talked with us about bringing back the brand and why we’ll be seeing a lot more of her granddaughters. …read more

AOL Shelter Pop (now called The Stylelist)

September 15, 2010

That’s Smart: Ottoman Turns Into A Bed

Don’t be fooled: this simple ottoman is so much more. This convertible ottoman may just be the smartest piece of furniture around. After a 10-year hiatus, the family-owned Castro Convertibles (of Castro Convertibles Sofa fame) is relaunching the brand for the next generation of space-saving furniture seekers. First up? The new Convertible Ottoman ($499, including shipping for a limited time) converts into a single 75-inch long bed, sized just right for a child or adult to sleep on. …read more