Frequently Asked Questions
Is a wallbed, sleep and store bed or hideaway bed the same as a Murphy Bed?
Although different companies make different styles of Murphy beds, the general concept
is the same but the actual mechanisms might differ in appearance and quality. The
term “Murphy Bed” is not a direct brand name like Coca-Cola; it’s just the style
of bed that was invented by a person named Murphy many years ago.
Are Murphy Beds comfortable?
Absolutely! Unlike sofa beds and futons, Murphy Beds do not require any folding
mattresses, so you are sleeping on a quality mattress without the bars and lumps
associated with sofa beds and futons.
Are Murphy Beds easy to build and install?
Yes, they are. We provide comprehensive, easy-to-read instructions that are filled
with pictures and diagrams to ensure you build and install your Murphy bed quickly
Are Murphy beds easy to raise and lower?
Yes they are! Our spring-loaded mechanisms ensure effortless opening and closing.
Our mechanisms are counter balanced to prevent your bed from unexpectedly falling.
You can raise or lower your Murphy bed with just one finger.
Can I use my own mattress?
Yes, you can use any coil-spring mattress up to 10” thick. To ensure you properly
balance the operation of your Murphy bed, we recommend having the mattress on site
when you install your Murphy bed.
Do I need a box spring?
Definitely not! For years doctors have recommended a flat platform for sleeping
support. Many manufacturers have discontinued box spring products as they are redundant.
Can I have a Murphy Bed that is higher off the floor than normal?
Yes, we provide an Extended Leg option that raises the bed an extra 23/4” off the
floor and allows an additional mattress height to 12”. We also offer a Long Leg
that raises the bed an extra 6” off the floor and accommodates a mattress up to
Can I have a work station, table, etc. in front of my Murphy Bed?
Of course this is possible. We offer Murphy bed systems that offer a variety of
desk, table and work station configurations. We have also developed a “super spring”
that supports approximately 20% extra weight. Just let us know when you order your
Murphy bed hardware and we will ship you super springs rather than regular springs.
Can I close my Murphy Bed with all the bedding and pillows in place?
No problem! We provide a Velcro strap system to hold your bedding and mattress in
place when your Murphy Bed is in the vertical position. You can open your Murphy
Bed and use it immediately.
Can I take my Murphy Bed with me when I move?
Yes, your Murphy bed attaches to any wall studs with three brackets. Our system
does not require floor mounting, which can cause serious damage to the floor. Our
Murphy Beds present no problem for rental accommodations either.
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How much woodworking experience do I need to build my own Murphy Bed?
Our detailed, step-by-step instructions, along with our online instructional videos
are easy to follow even if you have no woodworking or building experience. To make
your job even easier, we recommend using one of our metal frame kits, which eliminate
many of the woodworking steps.