If you are looking to add sleeping space to your home but don't have room for a regular bed, you should consider purchasing a fold away bed that can be hidden when it is not in use. Originally invented by William P. Murphy in 1900 as a way to increase the living space in small apartment, these beds have been improved so that they are now extremely comfortable and easy to operate.
If you are thinking of buying a "Murphy" Wallbed consider the following:
- Unlike other types of folding beds (e.g., sofa beds and futons) the mattress in a Murphy bed doesn't fold -- instead, the bed tilts up on end and into a specially designed cabinet. Consequently, look for brands that are manufactured from strong, heavy gauge steel or aluminum frames which are secured to a spring mechanism.
- Because lifting a bed can otherwise be very difficult, choose a model that includes a spring loaded counter balanced mechanism that allows easy, one handed operation.
- The bed legs should be sturdy and able to hold a minimum of 1500 lbs. They should tuck under the bed cabinet to avoid stubbing your toe.
- Murphy Beds will accommodate a standard 12" innerspring mattress in twin, double, queen and king sizes. Although some beds can be sold with their own mattresses, you should look for models that allow you to supply your own mattress for greater choice, comfort and eventual replacement.
The most convenient models will fold away completely equipped with sheets, blankets and pillows that can be strapped in place, so the bed does not need to be made up with each use.