Wall Beds

When you have a growing family, sometimes the room you have in your home can seem like it’s shrinking at an exponential rate. If not that, perhaps you are someone who enjoys having guests stay at your home, but you don’t have an extra room designated solely for that purpose. While bunk beds, sofa beds or even roll-away cots are all solutions to these problems, they can come with their own inconveniences.

Perhaps you do not have enough overhead space for a bunk bed for your two children. Sofa beds are often uncomfortable, with users being able to feel the folding mechanisms right where it’s most painful and noticeable. Roll-away cots have their own storage problems, and are often bulky and inconvenient.

Murphy Beds as a Solution

One solution to these problems is the wall bed, also commonly called Murphy beds. These beds can be hidden in many places, not just walls, and they come in any size you may need.

Since the early 1900’s, the Murphy bed has been used for creating bed space in rooms that need to be used for other things during the day. Lacking a box spring, the top mattress is placed directly on the platform, usually made of wood, or wire mesh, and strapped to the platform to keep it in place while it is folded upright.

Today’s Murphy beds use piston lifts or torsion springs to make them easier to pull down and fold up, and they can be used in many places. While they are rarely placed directly in the wall these days, they are most often attached to the wall with a surrounding built in storage cabinet. The cabinet is opened up and the bed is pulled down, ready to be used.

Types of Murphy Beds

Today, there are many ways that a wall bed can look, and often they are unrecognizable as potential bed space when they are put away. They have been engineered to fold up to reveal bookshelves, tables, sofas and even desks.

Room Planning Around Wall Beds

With these beds, you can convert any office or study into a guest room. Depending on the size of your room, a study could possibly accommodate more than one person, perhaps with a set of bookshelves folding into a bed as well as the desk. Some desks are engineered not to disturb the contents of the desk top when unfolded, creating a seamless transition from desk to bed and back again.

For a child’s room, having more space to play during the day, or having a desk at which to do homework, even in a smaller room, the Murphy bed can be ideal. Often, the bed takes up no more space than does the desk or bookshelf or table, so planning the room around the bed is not difficult. For younger children, this gives them more area to play in the day time, making space

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