Sky-high rental and mortgage rates in many of today’s most sought-after cities, along with an increased desire for thoughtful, curated, eco-conscious living have driven many to live in small spaces and tiny homes. But with these shrinking spaces comes the need for multipurpose furniture that allows homeowners to use one room for lots of different functions.
Some small-space design trends in recent years include using wall space for a variety of functions, like wall-mounted, drop-leaf dining tables and fancy built-ins to maximize storage. Another clever way to utilize wall space in a small dwelling is the tried-and-true Murphy bed. Read on to learn more about this clever design feature, and see some of our favorite Murphy bed design ideas to spark ideas about how to incorporate one into your own space.
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First of all, what is a Murphy bed? Also known as a wall bed or hideaway bed, a Murphy bed, named after its inventor—also a small-space dweller—is a bed that folds into the wall (or a cabinet) when not in use. This allows for more space that can be used for a variety of other functions aside from sleeping. Despite their early beginnings as just a fold-up bed, today’s Murphy beds are becoming even more functional, often incorporating a desk or even a couch underneath, which can be used when the bed is stowed away.
Those who are weighing their options often wonder, is a Murphy bed comfortable? Thankfully, because Murphy beds use standard bed mattresses (unlike sofa beds), they’re quite supportive and cozy. In fact, some homeowners opt to install Murphy beds in their guest rooms even when they aren’t short on space. If comfort is a deciding factor when choosing between a wall bed and a sofa bed, the wall bed will likely come out on top. Murphy beds make a great sleeping option, regardless of your situation.
On top of it all, Murphy beds are fairly affordable. No matter what your budget, you can find a Murphy bed that works for you. From a basic DIY Murphy frame to a luxe, multi-unit Murphy bed with a couch and shelving underneath, prices vary when it comes to the average cost of a Murphy bed.
A complete Murphy bed typically retails between $2,000 and $3,000. Expect to pay slightly less for a basic model, and a bit more if you're looking for upgraded options like lighting, storage, and surrounding cabinetry. If that's a bit outside your budget, consider a Murphy bed kit like these DIY Lori Wall Beds. The kit and plans can be purchased for less than $200.
And the good news is, you probably won’t have to buy a new mattress. Most Murphy beds can accommodate a mattress up to 12 inches thick, while the standard Murphy bed mattress is 10 inches. A mattress of this size will easily fold into the bed’s frame, along with most bedding and pillows. If you use an extra-thick comforter, have lots of blankets, or decorate your bed with a variety of decorative pillows, these may need to be stored separately in order to ensure the Murphy bed closes properly.
Despite their folding design and the fact that they can be raised and lowered easily, Murphy beds are quite sturdy. Most models can hold at least 1,000 pounds, while Murphy bed manufacturer Wall Beds by Wilding boasts their Murphy beds can hold a staggering 4,000 pounds.
But what about size? Are you wondering if you’ll be able to fit a wall bed into your space? The Bedder Way company supplies the following basic dimensions you may need based on the size of bed you're looking to buy.