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Top Questions About Murphy Beds Answered

Whether you live in a single-family home or a condo in the city, you likely need room to host guests overnight from time to time. Rather than asking them to spend money on a hotel or subjecting them to the unique hell that is a sleeper sofa or air mattress, you could accommodate them in your own home with a space-saving Murphy bed.

You’ve probably heard of Murphy beds before—they’re hidden beds that provide an alternative to a guest bedroom that may get used just a few times a year. The bed is concealed most of the time, but folds down from the wall when needed, enabling you to transform a room into a comfortable place to sleep for your guests.

Intrigued? Of course, but you probably have some questions, too.

Here are the top Murphy bed questions we hear and their answers.

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1. Who is a Murphy bed right for?

Murphy beds are an excellent way to provide another sleeping space without creating an entire guest room. They’re a good match for anyone looking to free up space and provide a comfortable space for guests.

Murphy beds also work well in condos where space is at a premium, for couples who have downsized but still want to entertain overnight guests and for families that want an office or bonus room in their house, as well as a place for their guests to sleep. Really, it’s an excellent addition for just about anyone.

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2. Does installing a wall bed mean I’ll lose wall space?

Murphy beds have evolved over time. They used to be concealed by decorative cabinet doors or a panel that could be pulled down to reveal the mattress. And while furniture like this still exists, design professionals are getting much more creative when it comes to maximizing space. Now, rather than simply being a bed folded against a wall, many of them incorporate useful features like shelves, ledges and drawers.

This means that the pull-down mattress could be surrounded by shelving and drawers where you can store bedding and other household items for the room. You can even build a Murphy bed that incorporates bookcases that slide out or pivot to reveal the mattress. This creative concept lets you use the same wall your Murphy bed is installed on for all sorts of storage. You’re not only creating an additional sleeping area for guests, you’re also creating a beautiful piece of furniture that becomes a focal point for the room.

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3. How comfortable are Murphy beds?

What makes Murphy beds stand apart from other solutions, such as sleeper sofas, is that you aren’t limited in mattress selection. Custom Murphy beds enable you to choose the mattress that you really want. Because they are custom built, you can choose your mattress first and we’ll build your bed to incorporate it. No thin mattresses, no springs digging into your guests’ backs, no sleepless nights.

As an added benefit, the mattress in your Murphy bed is supported by wooden slats instead of slab of wood, which is standard for a Closet Works Murphy bed and included in the price. Wooden slats provide ventilation and support but still allow for some “give,” creating a comfortable sleeping experience.

4. Are Wall beds easy to raise and lower?

Whether your Murphy bed is a twin, full, queen or king, it easily folds down from the wall when your guests are ready to go to sleep. When you build a custom solution with The Closet Works, our Installers balance the weight of your specific mattress with the bed’s spring-loaded mechanism so that folding the bed down from the wall and back up is effortless for anyone—no muscles needed.

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5. Will pull down beds fit with my style of décor?

Wall beds have evolved and now serve as both functional and stylish pieces of furniture for your home, condo or apartment. A custom solution can be built with cabinets, drawers and shelves that match your style and provide added storage for the room your bed is in. That means it’s a natural extension of your home office, den, craft room or finished basement.

Murphy beds can be built in over 100 colors and finishes, guaranteeing that you’ll be able to add a concealed bed to your home that blends in with the rest of your décor.

If you’re interested in learning more about our custom solutions, request a free, in-home design consultation.

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