Wall beds, also known as Murphy beds, are a convenient space-saver for many Sarasota homes. Is a wall bed the right choice for you? There are a few important questions to ask yourself before installing a wall bed. Once you’re ready, More Space Place is here to help!
How often will I use my wall bed?
Our modern wall beds make storing your bed and pulling it out for later use a simple, easy task. For studios and small spaces, your wall bed might be moved up and down daily. In this case, it’s smart to avoid decorating your new space with heavy furniture – that furniture will have to be moved whenever you want to use your bed. For a guest room, your wall bed could remain hidden most of the time. This gives you more freedom with decorating.
What will I do with the extra space?
Wall beds open up a lot of space, and it’s smart to consider how you’ll take advantage of that extra room. Are you designing for a small home or studio? Transform your bedroom into a living room by day! Are you considering a wall bed for a guest room? Give your guest room dual purpose: transform it into an office, living space, reading nook, or game room when it’s not in use. If you’re thinking about a wall bed for a child’s room, consider how they might use the extra space. It could be the perfect play spot for a younger child, or desk and study spot for teens.
What style of wall bed do I want?
More Space Place Sarasota offers a wide selection of wall bed styles. We allow you to personalize your wall bed with custom-built shelves, cabinets, and more! From traditional and classic to sleek and modern, we can create the perfect wall bed for your life and style. Consider how a wall bed could enhance the look of your home. A classic look is bi-fold doors, which appear to be a closet when folded up. Shelving is an excellent way to add even more storage space to your room. If you love to read, we can design the perfect bookshelf wall bed for you!
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A guest bedroom is a great addition to any home, particularly with the holidays approaching. However, completely allocating an entire room to potential guests may feel like a misuse of space. At More Space Place Sarasota, we want you to get the most out of your spare room. Keep reading to discover our favorite uses for multi-functional guest bedrooms.
Having an office in your Sarasota home is a great way to separate your work life from home relaxation. You can set up your office to reflect your style, allowing you to enjoy the space while working as efficiently and effectively as possible. At More Space Place, we can install custom home office furniture that will combine a desk and a Murphy bed. When guests come, your office can transform into a bedroom and you’ll maximize space in your home.
If you love reading, but don’t have space to dedicate an entire room to books, then a multifunctional library is a great decision. Your Murphy bed can be accompanied by a set of shelves. Fill the bookshelves up and add a comfortable chair and your library is complete.
Finding time to go to the gym can be difficult. Make it a little bit simpler: convert your guest bedroom into a home gym! A Murphy bed will give you space for a treadmill and your yoga mat. Getting into an exercise routine will be easy with a home gym.
Do you love arts and crafts but lack space to store fabric, paints, and thread? Add custom shelving to your spare room, so all of your supplies can be properly stored. As your collection of craft supplies grows, you can install a Murphy bed to provide even more shelving and space! Your spare room is now a great multifunctional crafts room.
Between having access to toys and an area that can always be turned into a makeshift fort, every child has dreamed of having their own playroom. A playroom will make your children happy and reduce the amount of toys left stranded throughout the house, a true win-win situation. With the installation of a Murphy bed, the playroom will be great for sleepovers and guests.
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With some creativity, your guest bedroom can be the perfect multi-functional space in your home. To start using your spare room, call More Space Place today. Our expert designers will help you create the perfect multi-functional room.
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Parents, do you ever feel like as soon as you finish picking up your kids’ toys in one room, you leave to find an even bigger mess in another? Children have the unique skill of turning any room into a toy- and clothing-strewn disaster within a matter of minutes. Keeping your child’s room organized can feel like a losing battle. Keep the chaos at bay with custom storage solutions brought to you by More Space Place Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte! Keep reading to discover our favorite tips for keeping your child’s room organized.
Get on Their Level
When creating storage solutions for kids, it is essential to understand their point of view. Ideally, your kids will eventually be cleaning up their own messes. Designing storage solutions that suit their needs will make this process easier. Avoid shelving in high places – if they can’t reach, they won’t be putting things back.
Get Creative with Their Bed
Bulky furniture can make a room feel cramped and cluttered. Beds, in particular, take up a huge amount of space. Cut down on clutter with a wall bed. Wall beds open up a huge amount of space, providing extra storage space and play space. You can also create extra room and storage with built-in desks, drawers, and cabinets. This helps consolidate furniture while also creating a unique and interesting setup for your child.
Create a Play Space
Play space is an important component in any child’s room. Giving your child adequate play space will prevent your child’s toys from ending up in the living room. We suggest creating designated play areas in your kid’s room. This space should provide clear organization and structure when clean-up time comes.
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Keep your child’s bedroom organized and neat with custom storage solutions, brought to you by More Space Place Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte! Contact our team of experts today to get started with a free in-home consultation.
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If you’re considering a Murphy bed as a space-saving furniture solution for your home on the Sun Coast, you’ll have a number of different options to choose from. Before you decide, it’s good to know what needs you’re looking for the bed to fill, as well as have an idea of what your space allows for. More Space Place of Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte offers a wide variety of styles that also come with customizable options that make it so you end up with the perfect solution for your home. What are some of those styles and how do they function? Let’s take a look!
The Murphy bed is a tried and true space saver. It’s easily maneuvered using a spring-loaded mechanism that’s safe and secure. There’s a support leg that extends and retracts automatically as the bed raises and lowers, as well as a sturdy support for the mattress. There are many models of Murphy beds depending on what you’re looking for.
The classic style features a pull-down bed that’s hidden behind attractive bi-fold doors when stored upright. This bed can be customized to fit your space and style, including with different colors and finishes, as well as optional side cabinets.
Library & Bookcase
Bookcase and library Murphy beds are worth considering. They’re great options if you have a book collection or other items you need stored on shelves. You can choose from different shelved door models, including those that glide out to the sides, bi-folding doors that take up less space, or doors that swing open to reveal the bed inside.
Pocket Door Bed
This style features bi-fold pocket doors that collapse into the side cabinets to help save space. Like the classic model, it also can be designed in your choice of finish along with optional side cabinets for additional storage.
Panel beds are ideal for maximizing space with their sleek and clutter-free design. They are made using front panel doors that drop down with the bed and stay hidden under the mattress and out of the way when the bed is in use.
A standard panel bed, the Metropolitan saves space without the bi-fold doors. The panel drops down with the mattress to act as its support. This style also includes the option to add side cabinets for more storage.
This panel bed model is contemporary and sophisticated in its appearance. It features side cabinets that are included in the design, as well as drop-down nightstands for enhanced utility and style.
Ideal for spaces with limited vertical space, such as those with low or slanted ceilings, the Cosmopolitan panel bed is a horizontal model. It comes in varying sizes from twin to queen. Its solid panel doors add an attractive element to the room when the bed is stored away, and the bed can also include side cabinets for more storage if you so desire.
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Whether you’re looking for a solution that will save space in a room where space is limited or you want to maximize storage in your home, we have the perfect Murphy bed solution for you! Contact us today to learn more. You can also visit one of our More Space Place showrooms in Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte to see some of our floor models in person.
At More Space Place of Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte, we’re all about creating beautiful spaces that work to solve storage and organizational needs in homes across the Sun Coast. A Murphy bed and desk combo is a prime example of one of these space-saving solutions, and it’s one that’s as versatile as they come. In this post, we will explore just how versatile one of these combinations is and how it could benefit your home.
Creating a Multipurpose Room
One of the greatest things about a Murphy bed and desk combo is that it can be used to create a multifunctional space in your home. If you don’t have multiple spare rooms to devote to serving various purposes, such as one for a guest room and one for a home office, how about combining the two into one efficient room? A Murphy bed alone is flexible and offers many benefits. It can fold up off the floor when not in use, which opens up more floor space for other things. Adding a desk to your wall bed brings the unit’s utility to the next level. You’ll have a comfortable bed to offer overnight guests while also maintaining a productive home office space for your daily use.
Customized to Your Style and Storage Needs
Just like all of the storage solutions we offer, our Murphy beds and desk units are customizable to suit your personal style and the aesthetic of your home. We offer a variety of colors and finishes, as well as storage add-ons and hardware for you to choose from. For example, this award-winning design features a nautical themed home office with a Murphy bed attached. The white laminate finish combined with custom color match paint and traditional crown moulding resulted in a one-of-a-kind project customized for this Sarasota condo on the bay. When designing your unit, you can choose from a lot of different styles of Murphy beds to properly suit your storage needs and work with the configuration of your space.
If you’re ready to learn more about how we can help improve your space, contact us at More Space Place to schedule a free in-home consultation! We have three convenient showrooms in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, and Port Charlotte where you can see some of our floor models on display. We look forward to working with you!
With so many different options to choose from, it can be a challenge to decide on the perfect wall bed style for your home. The experts at More Space Place of Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte can help you decide. To help get you started and thinking about what qualities you might prefer for your wall bed, we’ve highlighted some of our popular and diverse styles below, each one designed to serve the varying needs of the homeowner.
Bookcase & Library Beds
Jefferson Bookcase bed
The bookcase bed comes in a few different models. The Madison bookcase bed is a classic choice for those looking for both a stylish bookcase and a cozy sleeper. The shelved doors swing open to access the bed behind them. Similar in look is the Madison bi-fold bookcase bed. The difference here is the bi-folding doors take up less wall space when open. Another wall bed beloved for its storage is the Jefferson library bed. This model is ideal for book lovers needing plenty of storage space, as it offers ample shelving for your collectibles. The doors glide smoothly on sturdy tracks to each side, opening to reveal the bed. Unlike either of the Madison bookcase bed models where they’re optional add-ons, the Jefferson bed includes side cabinets.
Chesterfield Panel Bed
At More Space Place, we carry a number of different panel beds. However, here we’re going to explore a couple options that differ quite a bit from each other. One of those models is the Cosmopolitan bed. This style is unique because unlike the more common and traditional Murphy and wall beds, this one opens horizontally. It’s a perfect space saver for rooms with low ceilings and is well suited for homeowners who enjoy a more contemporary look. Another panel bed option is the Chesterfield, which not only can offer extra storage via the side cabinets, but it also boasts additional seating! This panel bed includes a sofa that sits in front of the unit. When it’s time for bed, all you do is remove the seat cushions and the bed rests comfortably between the arms. The Chesterfield panel bed is a perfect example of the incredible efficiency and versatility of the wall bed.
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Cosmopolitan Panel Bed
Hopefully we’ve been able to help aid in your decision on which Murphy or wall bed style is the preferable option for your lifestyle. If you are still unsure or have more questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your local experts today! More Space Place has three convenient showrooms in Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte where you can also feel free to come visit us and view some of our floor models. We look forward to working with you!
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.
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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.
Back in April, we attended the Top Shelf Closet Design Awards in Chicago to celebrate More Space Place’s own Bob Barthman who was the overall winner of the 2017 contest.
In addition to being awarded the overall winner of the contest, Bob took home the top prize in the category of “Home Office: Over 150 square feet.” The project that won Bob first place was Condo on the Bay – Nautical Home Office. It features a white laminate finish, as well as custom color match paint on traditional medium density fiberboard (MDF) door and drawer panels. For an added special touch, traditional crown moulding was fitted all around the top of the bed and upper cabinets.
The Sarasota condo in which the custom home office was installed is on the third floor of a building that overlooks Sarasota Bay. The nautical theme fit perfectly in the seaside setting, and the overall project came out beautifully. The customer wanted the space to be open, and they wanted the design to include plenty of effective storage. Bob’s storage design combined cupboards, drawers, and open shelving to create a versatile and well-rounded system. A matching Murphy bed was installed beside the desk to provide a comfortable extra bedroom. The space-saving bed further heightened the function and efficiency of the room, and it will allow the home office to pull double duty when necessary.
Take a tour of the Nautical Home Office below!
It was a lot of fun attending this year’s Top Shelf Closet Design red carpet event. It was also very inspiring to get to see many great home storage designs from other professionals in the industry. We’re fortunate to have an award-winning designer on our More Space Place team. Congratulations, Bob, on a job well done!
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If you’d like to learn more about having your own custom home office designed and installed, contact us today for a free in-home consultation. You can also visit us at one of our three More Space Place showrooms in Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte.
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!
In the past, wall beds were known to be tacky, uncomfortable, and difficult to operate. That’s why some Sarasota homeowners will scoff at the idea of installing a wall bed. However, modern wall beds are actually quite great! They’re versatile, easy to use, comfortable, and come in a variety of styles to match your existing décor. There are many reasons why some homes can benefit significantly from having a wall bed, but here we’ll look at just three.
1. Saving Space With Multifunctional Rooms
Many homes are small and don’t have enough bedrooms for an extra one to be used as a guest room. This can make it difficult when people come to stay. Maybe you’ve been putting guests up on the couch or blowing up the air mattress in the living room. This can work in a pinch, but it’s usually nice to allow guests their own space. Not only is it nice for the guests, it can be nice for you not having them disrupt your living areas. If you have a home office or room you use for other things, like crafts or storage, you could turn it into a multifunctional room that doubles as a guest room with the simple installation of a wall bed. Many wall beds come with additional shelving and drawers you can use for storage, allowing you to put away any clutter that might be in the room already. With the added wall bed, you’ll have a home office for your day-to-day use, and a convenient guest room for when you need it.
A common alternative for a wall bed is a futon. Many futons tend to be pretty uncomfortable to sleep on, not to mention bulky and hard to move. Instead of using bars to support the flimsy futon mattress, wall beds use a real mattress on a platform, allowing for a more comfortable night’s sleep. Although wall bed mattresses aren’t as thick as real mattresses, the platform provides firm support and added comfort.
3. Easy To Use
Another reason your home needs a wall bed is because they are easy to use. Unlike futons that can be heavy and difficult to employ, wall beds are a simple one-step maneuver. You pull them down when it’s time for sleeping, and fold it back up in the morning. This can generally be done with one hand. You can even leave the bedding on the mattress when it’s folded up, and you don’t have to worry about it showing or falling off. Say goodbye to the frustrating process of readying the bulky couch foldaway bed for the night’s guest.
Are you in need of a place for guests to sleep but are limited to space in your home? Consider installing a wall bed! Call More Space Place Sarasota today to schedule a free consultation. We’ll help you find the perfect space-saving wall bed for your style and your home.