Murphy beds have come a long way throughout the generations and are now commonly referred to as wall beds. These are the types of beds that are retractable and go into the wall when they're not in use. Over the years they have transformed into something that's bigger and better than ever before. These beds are now encased in special units and you'd probably never be able to tell that a bed is hidden behind the enclosed unit.
A lot of the bed enclosures resemble a large bookcase or shelving unit. The designs are high-tech and if you don't see anything that fits into your room decor you can order one that is custom built. You can even find wall beds that have large mirrors on the enclosures, which will fit perfectly into a room with modern furniture and accessories.
When you don't have enough space in your home to set up a dedicated room for guests, you can purchase one of these units and use it in your office or any other room of the house. They are practical and give you a lot more flexibility to work with in your home.
Purchasing a Murphy bed
When you're ready to shop around for a wall bed, here are some of the most important questions to ask:
1. Find out how difficult it is to operate – You’ll want something that you can pull down and fold up without having to read complicated instructions every time to get it done.
2. Ask about the capacity for the weight lift - The higher the capacity is for the mechanism, the longer you can expect the unit to last.
3. Inquire about the warranty - Find out whether there is a serial number on the lift mechanism. This may be the company that you’ll need to contact should the lift cause any problems in the future.
4. Find out what type of mattress you can use - Some wall beds will give you the option to use different types of mattresses. Other beds will require the use of a foam mattress or a company -specific type. Avoid any Murphy bed that only allows you to use a certain type of mattress.
If you're looking for extra space in your home for storage, many Murphy beds come with storage units or shelving on either side of the bed. This is just one of the reasons why these beds have become so popular in recent years and are trending for design solutions in 2014.