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.
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!
Schedule A Free Estimate
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.