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Buyer’s Guide: The Ultimate Murphy Wall Bed Guide

The number of people searching for murphy wall beds is growing, as we need more and more space. Manufacturers are offering unique and interesting takes on this space-saving bed style. 

Because of this growing demand, there are several important things to take into consideration when purchasing a wall bed commonly referred to as a murphy bed.

It is our goal to help educate you on all the things you should be aware of before you make a purchase. 

We have discussed here the different factors that go into choosing and buying a wall bed, such as the size, orientation, type of mechanism used, types of materials, finishes and all the weird and wonderful styles.

Also what are the important company characteristics to look out for including the shipping and delivery and if installation is offered or not.


What To Consider:

  • Size

  • Orientation - Horizontal or Vertical

  • Mechanism

  • Mattress

  • Finish

  • Additional Storage


What are the Most Common Size Options for Wall Beds?

Like conventional beds, wall beds are sold in single, double, small double, king size and super king size. A small double is a fantastic option for tight spaces and a single person sleeping. In some cases, small double wall beds are installed in places like sleep centers, fire stations, cabins, and older people’s homes.



Wall Beds and What They’re Made Of

In today’s wall bed market there are a number of wood materials that wall beds are constructed out of. 

Four of the main materials used in constructing a wall bed are Particle Board, MDF Board, Plywood, and Solid Wood. Each material has unique qualities that lend themselves to the operation and structure of your wall bed. 


Spring vs Pneumatic

Spring mechanisms are part of the traditional Murphy bed system. They usually consist of a heavy duty compressed steel spring system that may or may not be concealed within the frame of the bed.



The second main type of mechanism used in Murphy bed systems is the pneumatic  mechanism. These pneumatic generally utilise either gas or air pressure in their function, and provide generous support when raising and lowering the Murphy bed.

So in conclusion, either system is a great option. There really is no reason to select your wall bed based on one or the other, instead, choose the wallbed style that you like best for your home!


What should you get?  Horizontal Tilt or Vertical Tilt Wall Bed?

The choice depends on the room’s usage and the amount of available space. When two people sleep in the same bed, a vertical tilt wall bed allows access from either side. 

However, if depth or height is limited, a tilt model may be more appropriate. A designer can explain the pros and cons of each option and help you make an informed decision.


How Long Does Wall Bed Installation Take?

If the wall bed is going in by itself or with a simple side cabinet, it can be installed in a day or less. However, if it’s part of a comprehensive room solution like a home office, it may take two or three days to finish the job. You won’t be disappointed!




Though many people think of these beds as an antiquated notion, they’re quite modern and useful. 

We think you deserve the highest quality bed for the money, and we’re here to help. 

Like other home improvement decisions, buyers should weigh the cost against quality to arrive at the most favourable outcome. 

View our selection online or call today to schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our wall bed designers

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