As city living spaces get smaller in Vancouver, renters and home owners are looking for more ways to maximize space and the Murphy bed (also known as a wall bed or hideaway bed) is making a come back. They’re an ideal solution for “increasing” living space, but many people are unfamiliar with their workings. Here, Terry and Mike answer seven of the most common questions people ask about Murphy beds:
1) Does a Murphy Bed have to be stored vertically?
The vertical Murphy Bed is most common because it is the easiest type to fit into small living spaces, like condos and apartments. But some people prefer horizontal Murphy Beds simply because they offer a different look. Vertical Murphy beds make better use of largely unusable wall space, but for those who aren’t necessarily fighting living space wars at home, a horizontal Murphy bed is a great option for making a spare room into a multi-use area. For example, a room that is set aside as a home gym can quickly be turned into a spare guest bedroom. It is important to note, though, that horizontal Murphy beds cost more than vertical ones.
2) Does a Murphy Bed have to be installed inside of a wall cavity?
The bed in a closet is the image that is often associated with the Murphy bed. Actually, most Murphy beds are not installed in a wall cavity (although they can be if the homeowner wishes). After-market Murphy bed installations are usually installed as a cabinet that is added to the surface of an existing wall. Tailored Living can create custom cabinets that will match any décor and accommodate mattresses up to 12 inches thick. We can do this without cutting into existing drywall. Installation is relatively simple and can be accomplished in just a few hours.
3) What size is a Murphy bed?
Murphy beds come in the same sizes that regular beds do: king, queen, double and twin. It’s also possible to create a Murphy bed that is custom-sized (i.e. extra long or between standard sizes). However, it’s important to remember two things. First, Tailored Living Murphy beds are designed to accommodate a double (full) or queen size mattress. Other sizes will cost extra. Secondly, if you want a Murphy bed frame that’s an irregular size, you may have a difficult time finding a mattress to fit.
4) How much space do I need to accommodate a Murphy bed?
It depends on the size that you want. Standard mattress sizes with their square footage are:
* Twin mattress: 20.31 square feet (39″ X 75″)
Double mattress: 28.125 square feet (54″ X 75″)
Queen mattress: 33.33 square feet (60″ X 80″)
* King mattress: 42.22 square feet (76″ X 80″)
* Extra charge for this size.
You should also factor in a few extra inches for hardware and clearance. Standard wall height is around eight feet, so most every residence from basement suite or condo to single family home should be able to accommodate any size Murphy bed.
5) If I move, can I take my Murphy bed with me?
Our Murphy beds can be uninstalled and re-installed fairly easily. We don’t recommend that you do it yourself for safety reasons.
6) Are Murphy beds safe?
Installed correctly, they are very safe. In other words, they won’t come crashing down in the middle of the day!
We always recommend that you have a professional like Tailored Living of Vancouver/Coquitlam install your Murphy bed rather than doing it yourself. Our experienced pros do this regularly and understand all the safety precautions. Plus, we’ll be able to address any special concerns that you have and design a bed that is customized to your space and needs.
7) Do Murphy beds add value to a home?
Wall beds don’t usually add significant value to a home. However, they are often a compelling selling feature for home owners. If you’re a landlord, Murphy beds are also appealing to potential renters who want to maximize their available space.