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  • Writer's pictureJonathan Nazginov

How does a murphy bed work?

The Murphy bed is a creative piece of furniture that folds into a wall, making it ideal for small-space living or combining an office and a guest bedroom. On the plus side, when you're not lying in bed, you can tuck it away to free up more floor space. Murphy beds, on the other hand, have a reputation for swallowing people as they sleep (mostly in movies and television shows). The reality is that the design of Murphy beds has significantly improved over time! Here's all you need to know about Murphy beds if you're short on space and considering one, or if you like the concept of getting foldable furniture in your home to give the illusion of a larger space.

How do they work and are they easy to use?

When a Murphy bed is not in use, it folds into a gap in a wall or cabinet using a hinge. Murphy beds have lift mechanisms that make lifting and lowering them a breeze. They should be easy to use for both children and seniors. They even come with installation and opening instructions. The majority of Murphy beds need to be fitted by a professional. Here’s how to pull out a Murphy bed:

  1. Take hold of the bed's handle near the top.

  2. Pull the bed down in a smooth motion.

  3. Rotate or pull down the legs, depending on the model. When the bed is halfway down, this should happen.

  4. Set the bed's legs on the floor after lowering it.

Pulling the bed up is as easy as reversing the steps mentioned above. But make sure you tuck your sheets in carefully and the legs of the bed are back to their closed position. It really is as easy as that!

Are there variations I can choose from?

Absolutely! Murphy beds have been around for a long time, and designers have thought of everything when it comes to creating a Murphy bed that will suit everyone’s tastes and needs. Here are some of the types of Murphy bed to look for:

Bi-fold Murphy bed

A cabinet that's mounted on the walls encases a bi-fold Murphy bed. The bed is lowered by opening the cabinet's folding doors sideways. The mattress is supported by wood slats in the bed. The mattress can be as thick as 11 inches. When the bed is not in use, it is hidden away in a cabinet.

Murphy beds with a flip-up desk

You get a desk workspace during the day and a comfortable bed at night with this option. The flip-up desk Murphy bed is available in a variety of styles. You have the choice of going vertical or horizontal. When you pull down the bed, some types of flip-up desk murphy beds also allow you to keep things on the desk undisturbed. You can then turn the bed back up and get right to work when you wake up. When you pull down the bed on most flip-up desk Murphy beds, the desk retracts. After you tuck the bed away, you'll need to reorganize your workspace.

Library Murphy bed

Murphy beds in libraries are both practical and attractive. They're made up of a mixture of moving bookshelves and fluffy beds. In a home office, a library Murphy bed is a perfect addition. There's a shelf for your books and other possessions, as well as a fold-out bed that can fit an 11-inch thick mattress.

Murphy bunk beds

Why buy one wall bed when you can get two for more sleeping space? Two beds are combined into one with a murphy bunk bed. You'll get the most out of your room with these types of hideaway bunk beds. They are available in a range of new, elegant styles and make a wonderful addition to children's rooms. Your children will be able to sleep soundly at night and have plenty of room to play during the day.

Murphy beds for pets

Do you need a bed for your pet that is out of reach when you aren't using it? Why don't you invest in a pet murphy bed? Some pet wall beds fold away to fit in with the rest of your furniture since they are much smaller. Modern designs are created to provide a comfortable sleeping environment for your pet while still looking appealing when the bed is folded away.

Freestanding murphy bed

This bed does not need any wall or floor mounting, as the name suggests. After you've finished using it, simply store it against a wall. It's lightweight and convenient for people who need lots of space in their home.

Finally, correctly fitted Murphy beds are extremely easy to use. It’s as simple as pulling the bed down using the handles, pulling out the legs into place, and simply placing it onto the ground. Your Murphy bed is now ready to sleep on!

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