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!
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!
Attics are often forgotten spaces in a home. They’re generally dark and uninviting, stuffy and small, and utilized for little more than storing holiday decorations. Attics frequently have slanted ceilings and limited natural light, making them difficult to design or decorate. Nevertheless, their design challenges can also be seen as distinct advantages if leveraged properly. The angled nature of attics can add character, giving homeowners in the Sarasota, Bradenton, or Port Charlotte areas the means to create a bonus room that’s truly unique to their residence. The lack of natural light and minimal headroom can also make an attic feel cozier, and homeowners can be inventive by installing roof windows along the slant of the ceiling. Below we’ve outlined some design considerations you should keep in mind when turning your own attic into a peaceful getaway within your home.
1. Define Your Attic’s Purpose
Similar to the way basements can be renovated to create a rec room or home theater, an attic can be viewed as a bonus room that homeowners can take advantage of as well. You could turn your attic into another bedroom, a home office, an art studio, a cozy reading nook, or even a children’s playroom depending on your needs. This is not to say your attic needs to have just one purpose. Installing a wall bed can instantly transform it into a multi-functional space, but having a loose idea in mind such as a “hangout room” is helpful.
2. Maximize Storage
Designing a functional attic is all about working with your space, not against it. Attics tend to be small, which lends to a more comfortable feel. However, their smaller area makes it so every storage opportunity needs to be taken advantage of. You shouldn’t fear turning an attic room into a bedroom or guestroom based on the space a bed could take away. A Cosmopolitan Murphy bed is a great option. Unlike traditional wall beds that hinge and store upright, this style of Murphy bed stores horizontally, making the slanted ceilings a non-issue.
3. Capture Natural Light
The installation of roof windows is another way to personalize your attic space. By definition, attics are usually the highest room in a home, meaning they have great access to sunlight. The installation of windows on your slanted ceiling can make the space more inviting without sacrificing its cozy nature.
Attics, although frequently an afterthought, can serve all different types of functions. Their unique shape can be used to create a dynamic children’s playroom with secret alcoves and hiding spots. Teenagers may appreciate an attic bedroom because they provide a level of privacy not offered by other rooms, and adults too, will enjoy an attic that allows them to get away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of their home. As mentioned above, the key to creating a great attic space is to work with its unique design and to maximize storage. Here at More Space Place, we’d love to help you convert your attic into a functional room. We proudly serve the greater Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte, FL areas and we look forward to seeing you soon!
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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.