For most Sarasota homeowners, the decision to get a new piece of furniture is a big one. There are all sorts of variables to consider before committing to anything, and at certain points you might feel like you’ve forgotten what was really important in the first place: enjoying a functional, beautiful addition to your home.
The experts at More Space Place are here to help! We’ve compiled a list of common questions to help you get familiar with one of our most popular space-savers, the Murphy bed.
What Is a Murphy Bed?
Murphy beds (sometimes called “wall beds” or “pull down beds”) are foldable beds that can be concealed and stored against a wall, within a closet, or inside a freestanding cabinet. The purpose of a Murphy bed is to save space by allowing the homeowner to use or store the bed depending on their needs at the moment.
Murphy beds get their name from William Lawrence Murphy. According to legend, Murphy was courting a woman in San Francisco, but customs at the time wouldn’t allow a man to entertain a woman in his bedroom. Therefore, Murphy designed a bed that could be easily stored, allowing him to entertain in his small apartment.
Who Uses Murphy Beds?
Murphy beds are excellent for guest rooms, children’s rooms, or any room where the homeowner would like more freedom, versatility, and space.
Are Murphy Beds Difficult To Open & Close?
Certain DIY versions of the Murphy bed attempt to cut down on expenses by removing springs and other mechanisms, resulting in a bed that can be difficult to open and close. For this reason, we strongly recommend avoiding DIY Murphy beds and opting instead for one that’s installed and constructed by the professionals at More Space Place Sarasota. All of our beds are designed to be easy for people to operate, no matter your age or height.
Why Are Murphy Beds Better Than Futons or Air Mattresses?
When it comes to convenience and comfort, Murphy beds are in a completely different league. Air mattresses and futons might be okay for a night or two, but if your guests want to get a good night’s sleep, choose a Murphy bed. You can take it out and put it away in seconds instead of messing around with air pumps – and unlike a futon, it won’t make you feel like you’ve been sleeping on a rock.
What Do Murphy Beds Look Like?
The Murphy beds at More Space Place come in a variety of finishes and styles. We have something for any budget and design requirement.
Get a Murphy Bed for Your Home
More Space Place is here to help you find the perfect Murphy bed for your Sarasota home! Contact us today, or visit one of our showrooms in Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte to check out all the different styles and get help from our expert team.
More Space Place is your premier Murphy bed retailer in Sarasota. With 11 stylish designs and dozens of customizable options, we can build the Murphy bed that is right for you. We also carry Serta mattresses specifically designed to withstand the vertical storage conditions that are either 8” or 12” in width.
Many Sarasota homes disregard the idea of a Murphy bed because they think of a squeaky, uncomfortable mattress in a cramped city apartment. While original models may not have been the most desirable option, modern Murphy beds have come a long way since then. Get to know some of our favorite models and find out why a wall bed is a great option for your contemporary home.
The Classic Murphy bed
At the most basic level, the Murphy bed unit is still incredibly useful and stylish. It has two bi-fold doors that hinge at the middle and overlap to the sides of the unit. It is available in every mattress size from twin to king. You also have the option to add cabinetry for extra storage.
Jefferson Library Bed
Rooms that need to double as a living space and a guest room should consider this model. Instead of folding to the side, the Jefferson Library Bed has bookshelf doors that slide on a smooth tracking system. The 30” side shelving and bookshelf doors have a very elegant aesthetic great for a modern home. This option is available for full and queen sized mattresses only.
Madison Bi-fold Bookcase Bed
If you like the Jefferson Library Bed but have limited space, the Madison Bi-fold Bookcase Bed is a great substitute. When closed, it looks nearly identical to the Jefferson but instead of tracked doors, these hinge at the middle and fold without requiring extra space on the side.
The following panel beds have unique designs that maximize the space and opportunities available in your room. The key difference between Murphy beds and panel beds is instead of doors opening to reveal the mattress, the door is part of the bed frame. This saves space and adds more support underneath your mattress.
For homes with low ceilings or those wanting a more contemporary look, consider the Cosmopolitan panel bed. Instead of storing the mattress vertically, the mattress is stored horizontally. If you are looking to put a panel bed in a child’s bedroom, a cosmopolitan will be easier for them to reach and use without relying on you each time.
This panel bed includes 16” side cabinets for extra storage in your room. It has built-in drop down nightstands that can be stored when you aren’t using the bed and pulled out when needed. This is an excellent option for a part-time guest room to give your friends and family the feel of a fully functional room. It is available from twin to queen.
This panel bed is the best design for a small multi-use room. The key benefit of the Chesterfield is a stylish and customizable sofa attached to the unit. However, there is no need to move furniture when you need to use the bed. Simply remove the cushions and allow the mattress to rest comfortably between the armrests. This panel bed option beats that clunky futon you’ve had in every way. It is available for full or queen mattresses.
Modern Murphy and panel beds offer stylish, comfortable, and practical designs to make the most of your room. If you would like to see the Murphy bed designs in person and check out more of our customizable options and models, come visit us at More Space Place Sarasota!
When looking to increase the space in their homes without knocking down any walls or completing a home renovation, many Sarasota homeowners look for alternatives. Here at More Space Place, we are big believers in the power of a Murphy bed. Murphy beds are versatile wall beds that bring many benefits to a home. Here we’ll explore some of these benefits that make Murphy beds great additions to any space.
More Floor Space
One of the greatest benefits of a Murphy bed is the extra floor space it frees up when installed in place of a traditional bed. Since Murphy beds fold away when they’re not needed, they don’t take up any space on the floor, making the space available for other uses. Whether you live in a small studio apartment and your bedroom doubles as your living room, or you have young kids who enjoy extra floor space for playing, a Murphy bed is a great space-saving solution.
Another great thing about Murphy beds is they’re easy to operate. The counter-balanced design allows for easy folding of the bed that can usually be done with just one hand. Unlike futons, sofa beds, and other alternatives, Murphy beds are operated using a simple and safe maneuver and can be folded up and down with ease. You can also store them with the sheets and bedding on the mattress, allowing for even more convenience and quick access.
Achieving multipurpose rooms in your Sarasota home is another wonderful benefit of Murphy beds. This is especially true of smaller homes where space is limited. Some common combinations include the home office and guest room arrangement. Many of our custom-made Murphy beds can include a built-in desk on one end with the folding bed on the other. That way you can have a home office for your day-to-day use while also having a comfortable guest room when friends or relatives come to visit. Another versatile setup is the child’s bedroom and playroom combo. If you don’t have an extra room to devote entirely to your children’s toys and play time, adding a Murphy bed to their bedroom can double it as a playroom.
In addition to the benefits discussed above, there are many other great perks of installing a Murphy bed in your home. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, contact your local experts at More Space Place Sarasota today!