Frequently Asked Questions About Murphy Beds and Wall Beds

Questions & Answers

 Murphy Bed & Wall Bed FAQ’s:

What’s new with Murphy Beds?
How do Murphy Beds go up and down?
So why does Smart Spaces use a spring-loaded mechanism?
Do the beds have a warranty?
What materials do you use to make the bed?
Why would I want my bed to be made with melamine?
What Is Thermo Foil?
Should I choose a vertical or side bed?
What is the lead time for ordering and installation?
Should I choose a 15 or a 20 inch depth bed cabinet?
What about the Mattress?
Can the furniture exactly fit my specific dimensions?
What about the baseboards where the bed will be installed?
How are the Murphy Beds attached to the wall?

What’s new with Murphy Beds?

You will be surprised and impressed with how Murphy beds have evolved since they were introduced 100 years ago. The biggest transition has been to attach the bed frame to the decorative front panels rather than hide the bed in a closet. This allows Smart Spaces to create interesting ways to use the front vertical face for your particular needs. A few uses for the face are to mount a picture, integrate a sofa, add a drop table, and attach sliding book shelves.

How do Murphy Beds go up and down?

In the world of Murphy Beds, the mechanisms that allows the bed to go up and down come in two types: spring-loaded and piston. Smart Spaces uses a spring-loaded mechanism  from Murphy Wall Beds Hardware, Inc. of Canada which is the only spring mechanism manufactured to exacting ISO 9002 specifications. Both types are equally safe and reliable.  All of our beds can easily be operated with a single hand.

So why does Smart Spaces use a spring-loaded mechanism?

Our mechanism has several important advantages. First, the mechanism is a significant component of the  total bed cost, and ours can be significantly less than piston models. Second, the bed cabinet can be as little as 15 inches deep, making the cabinet less obtrusive  in the room. Third, the mattress itself is recessed 10 inches into the  cabinet so that when the bed is in the down position it will take up much less space on the floor. In smaller rooms this fact alone could be decisive. Fourth, repairing a piston mechanism is more costly than a spring mechanism . Finally,  the rubber tipped legs are inward-angled to reduce painful toe stubs.

Do the beds have a warranty?

Yes. The mechanisms have a 25 year warranty, the mattresses that are included in the package are warrantied for 5 years (upgrades for 10 years), and Smart Spaces warranties our product for one year – similar to other fine furniture retailers.

What materials do you use to make the bed?

Smart Spaces uses a wide variety of materials. We use the highest quality thermally fused ¾” industrial grade melamine, wood veneers, metal laminates, Thermo Foil and solid wood. Melamines, veneers, and other decorative laminates present a flat fronted surface while woods and their look-a-like – Thermo Foil – can have a Mission or Raised Panel design.

Why would I want my bed to be made with melamine?

This is not your Mother’s melamine (rhymes with “bean”). Modern melamine substitutes for and offers several advantages over unstained wood veneers: Melamine comes in a greater variety of colors, wood grains, and textures; it is less expensive; and, it is more durable and worry-free. We use a ¾” industrial grade particleboard core that has proven itself year after year. Particleboard, like plywood, is made from forestry byproducts and residuals, thus aiding the environment by recycling this raw material into higher value-added products that would otherwise be discarded.

What Is Thermo Foil?

Thermo Foil does for real wood what melamine does for wood veneer:  It comes in greater variety of colors, wood grains, and textures; it is less expensive; and, it is more durable. It is the popular choice for people wanting a real wood appearance but wanting more choice, cost savings, or a maintenance-free material. It is so like wood that most people have to be taught to tell the difference.

Should I choose a vertical or side bed?

A vertical bed that comes down so that the head of the mattress is against the wall is typically the first choice if ceiling height and room dimensions allow. However, if a low ceiling or a narrow room makes that impossible, a side bed where the length of the mattress is against the wall may be the answer. Also, a lower side bed can allow space for storage cabinetry on top.

What is the lead time for ordering and installation?

That depends on what you are ordering and its material. Materials that take more time include real woods, Thermo Foil, unique construction and staining. If none of these are included, lead times can be measured in days.

Should I choose a 15 or a 20 inch depth bed cabinet?

The larger depth allows a shelf to be installed inside the cabinet next to the wall to hold small items such as glasses, books, and clocks. Also, if a closet is included in a side cabinet, the closet rod can run in a conventional side-to-side manner rather than a valet rod that pulls out back to front.

What about the Mattress?

First, Murphy Beds do not require a special mattress. Second, we know that mattresses are a personal decision, so we offer a variety of styles and firmnesses. Last, the mattress’ height is limited to 12 inches, which is governed not by the cabinet depth (15 or 20 inches) but by the cross bar separating the two leg frames.

Can the furniture exactly fit my specific dimensions?

Yes. Smart Spaces is a production furniture maker with custom capabilities and can produce products that go wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling, or whatever else you want. While the dimensions of the beds’ cabinet are fixed, the dimensions of any side cabinets, closets and home offices can be unique and made to fit your requirements.

What about the baseboards where the bed will be installed?

Standard baseboards generally do not present a problem and you have two choices:

1. Remove them. Our crews can do this on-site and this presents the cleanest look.

2. Leave them on. We can either put the cabinets over the baseboard or we can notch the cabinet so that its back side lies flush against the wall all the way up.

How are the Murphy Beds attached to the wall?

The top of the Murphy bed cabinet is attached to the studs in the wall with “L” brackets; nothing goes into the floor. Side cabinets are attached to both the wall and to the bed.



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