• Keith Cobb

How Do You Choose a Space-Saving Bed?

Updated: Apr 13

If you're wondering how to go about selecting the right bed, the following pointers will help you to work through this thought process.

1.   What will the bed be used for?

  • Personal daily use: Both the Desk Beds and Wall Beds are the preferred choice for daily use as they can be stored made up with their sheets and blankets tucked in.

  • Home office extra bed: Choose a Desk Bed if it's a small room and you don't have room for or want a separate desk. The nice advantage of our desk beds is that it you don't need to take anything off the desk when you want to use the bed. Choose either a wall bed or cabinet bed if you have room for a separate desk and don't want the desk to be attached to the bed.

  • Guest bed: All of our beds will work for this purpose. A desk bed works well if you prefer a multi-functional furniture that transitions in a few seconds. A wall bed works well if you just want to get the bed out of the way when not in use, and it’s also fast to transition. A cabinet bed is even more compact than a wall bed, and you can set a flat screen TV on the back of its cabinet. It takes a bit longer to set up as the mattress can't be stored with bedding on it. If used only occasionally, the added convenience of its size and the back shelf outweigh the speed of setting it up.

2. How many will use the bed?

  • Couples. Choose a double or queen. In the Desk Bed line, choose from the Avalon or the Bristol. Wall beds all come queen size. Some models come in both queen a and double. All the Cabinet Beds come in queen size. In fact, all the Night and Day beds are queens only. Likewise, all the beds in the Cabinet Bed Inc. line, are offered in queen size, but here there is more flexibility. the Premium can be had in a a queen or double, and the Study Buddy and the Deluxe can be had in queen, double, oc twin sizes.

  • Singles. The following murphy beds come in both twin and twin xl size: the Bristol and the Metro. In the Cabinet bed line, both the Study Buddy and Deluxe come in twins.

3. What orientation would work best, vertical or horizontal?

Here are some points to consider:

  • Ease of access. Where two people will be sleeping on a bed, one of our vertical murphy beds, or one of our cabinet beds provide easier access to both sides of the bed. We would like to note however, that for horizontally opening beds - desk beds and horizontal wall beds, on which you sleep parallel with the wall, the person sleeping on the back side of the mattress can fairly easy slip onto the bed from the end. So, this may still be the best option if your room is not very deep.

  • Multi-purpose capability Desk beds are multi-purpose, offering both a desk and a bed in one compact furniture. Cabinet Beds are slightly multi-functional. Besides being a great guest bed, their back shelf can support a flat-screen TV or other items. Additionally, the Study Buddy cabinet bed has a small desk attached to the front of the cabinet. Wall Bed with table: We have two murphy beds with fold-out tables that are integrated into the face of the cabinet. Additionally, our wall beds can be purchased with a stationary or fold-down desk on the side of the bed cabinet. Or, you can purchase a matching rolling desk to go with your wall bed.

  • Best fit. Consider the space in which you'll be putting your bed. What is its size and shape? How high is the ceiling? Where are the windows and doors located Vertically opening beds work best in narrow rooms with no less than 8’ high ceilings. They take up less width on the wall, but open farther out into the room. Horizontal beds may work better in wider rooms. They take up more width on the wall but don’t open up so far out into the room, and are not as tall. The top bunk would be too close to the ceiling for comfort. Cabinet Beds have slightly deeper cabinets than wall beds, but they're only half the height of a vertical wall bed. If you have a low ceiling or window in the wall, this may be the best choice. Confirming your choice. Once you have a good idea about the size and kind of bed would work best for you, go to its product page and note down the dimensions. Take some painter’s masking tape and put an outline of the bed on the floor and wall where you want to place it. This will help you visualize how the bed will look and fit in your room.

Wall bed and murhpy bed finishes
wall bed and murphy bed finishes
Finishes available for beds from Wallbeds Inc.

4. What finish and hardware should I choose? Come to our showroom, if you could, to see the beds, finishes, and hardware in person. There's nothing like seeing the real thing. However, you can see the available materials, finishes, and hardware on each of our product pages as well.

  • Choose a finish that will complement the existing finishes in your room.

  • Choose hardware that will complement the hardware already in use in your room.

5. Mattress choices: In choosing the mattress to use with your bed, read about your mattress options on the Mattress page.

  • Cabinet Beds require a tri-fold mattress. They're almost always purchased with the bed, and are surprisingly comfortable.

  • Wall Beds and Desk Beds are mostly limited to mattresses that are no thicker than 11”. Additionally, we recommend mattresses that are relatively light – about 65 lbs. is a good weight for ease of use.

Murphy desk for wall bed.
Murphy desk. Add a desk to your wall bed system

6. Optional Cabinetry: All our beds can be purchased with optional cabinetry. It's a matter of personal preference. See the individual product pages for available options.

7. When do you need it?

  • We have some cabinet beds in stock. Please call us to see if the one you want is in stock. If not, it could take between one to six months to get your bed.

  • Wall Beds may have a lead time of up to three months.

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