An Open Floor Plan
The age-old phrase “out of sight out of mind” is one of the primary benefits of a murphy bed. When properly installed, a tucked-away murphy bed will look like a wall storage unit and can even have shelving built-in for your favorite decorative pieces. Murphy beds can be the ultimate addition for your guest room that only gets used a few times a year. Re-gain the functionality of your spare bedroom even when you are not entertaining. Once your guests leave, the room can quickly be transformed from a guest bedroom back to any other function like a home gym, library, etc.
Limitations of Murphy Beds
If you are a fan of classic films, you may have seen the notorious scene from the short film “One A.M.” where Charlie Chaplin gets swooped up into a murphy bed. While that scene does pay homage to challenges from early renditions of the murphy bed, many technological and safety improvements have been implemented since that era. These days, nearly all murphy beds feature effective locking mechanisms that prevent the bed from unintentionally opening or closing. With that said, you should always exercise caution when opening or closing the mechanism.
Another thing that makes a murphy bed different than a traditional bed is there is no box spring. The mattress fits directly into the frame and is strapped together for easy vertical storage. Additionally, the type of mattress you can use with a murphy bed can be limited. Since the unit needs to be flush when closed, taller mattresses may not work with a murphy bed unit. With that said, there are still some awesome options for mattresses and bedding that will fit with your unit!