The Murphy bed is an ingenious sleeping solution that makes small spaces more livable.
If you're thinking of buying one, the following breaks down the different styles and options currently available so you can select the best Murphy bed for your home.
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Murphy Bed Lift Mechanisms
One of the features that usually makes a Murphy bed a Murphy bed is the mechanism used for easy opening and closing. Here are the two standard options:
Piston lift mechanisms:
- State of the art lifts that are whisper quiet. While they're built to last, many come with lifetime guarantees.
Spring lift mechanisms:
- Springs tend to be a little noisy. Many also need a little tightening after five or more years.
Some budget and DIY Murphy beds don't use a lifting device. Here are a few good-to-knows:
- As you may have guessed, they require a little upper body strength to open and close.
- Beds like these are designed to rock off the ground for easy lifting.
- They are usually stored in a freestanding or wall-mounted cabinet using straps.
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Vertical vs. Horizontal Murphy Beds
The original Murphy bed opened vertically. These days there are plenty of options that also open horizontally. Here's how you can determine which bed works best for your home:
- Vertical beds are an excellent choice for rooms with high ceilings that also have enough floor space to accommodate the bed when opened.
- Horizontal beds, or loft beds, are ideal for tight or awkward spaces including rooms with low ceilings like an attic bedroom.
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Built-In Murphy Bed
Built-in Murphy beds are concealed behind walls and also furniture. Unlike other types of Murphy beds, these are permanent fixtures can that can't be moved when it's time to leave.
The built-in shown here is a transforming sofa that unfurls into a bed with headboard storage.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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