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Murphy Beds: Hardware and Plans

The Advantages of Using Murphy Beds: Hardware and Plans

A lot of space can actually be saved with a Murphy bed. These wall beds are easy to install, and all you need is hardware and plans.
DecorDezine Staff
Last Updated: Apr 22, 2018
I first saw a Murphy bed in some movie and forgot about it pretty soon. It was only years later when I was doing my course and learning how to make ample use of the space available, that I saw a picture of this bed in the pages of a designing magazine. These beds are space savers. Here is information about them.

History

The idea stemmed in the mind of William L. Murphy, who was a single, young gentleman who lived and slept in a one-room apartment. Now this young man wanted to entertain his girlfriend in his room, but knew that she would refuse because it was considered improper for young ladies to enter a man's bedroom. To combat this problem, he came up with the idea of the Murphy bed around 1900.

Mr. Murphy's design was patented in 1900, and he soon began manufacturing the bed, as people who had heard about it wanted to buy one because of its space-saving properties. William L. Murphy's invention became more popular after the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, as much of the city had suffered extensive damage and the available living space was utilized to the utmost.

Slowly but surely, this bed found its way across the country, and so Mr. Murphy had to move his flourishing business to New York eventually. Even today, the business is located there.

What Exactly is This Bed?

Basically, a Murphy or Wall bed is a space-saving bed that only occupies 10 feet of the living space including the additional back support. These beds come in different models such as the unfinished models and the finished models like oak, alder / birch, cherry or maple wood.

There are the Murphy beds that have a port wall mounting facility and a pet-locker in folded posture for additional security. Then there are the single-drawer or two-drawer models too. Some manufactures make the mattresses for the Murphy bed using different material like cozy polar fleece, deluxe down, vinyl, soft leather, and a host of other materials. These mattresses are washable, durable and water-repellent.

Plans and Hardware

Today, with the increasing rates of housing, multi-use rooms are coming into existence. This kind of room provides the user with more space. Do-it-yourself rooms are not far behind, with people choosing to economize when they can by using their own labor. To help with the do-it-yourself projects, there are kits and plans available in a variety of sources, with retailers and manufactures offering suggestions and technical support. You can also purchase a plan at many of these manufactures. When you bring home one such plan, you might also receive an instructional program to guide the home carpenter! You can even buy these from online stores like Murphy Wall Beds Hardware Inc. or Create-A-Bed, etc.

The hardware for Murphy beds moves, supports and positions the mattress. These functions allow the mattress to be pulled into place horizontal to the floor for use, or lifted (bedding intact) or to lock away safely. If you are in search of a plan, remember to also ask the manufacturer about the mechanism that allows the Murphy bed to be opened out or shut away with minimum effort. It is easy to make this bed for your home; all you need is a few simple tools and an intermediate level of comfort with wood-working projects.

It is advisable to buy the hardware as a complete kit, as it consists of all hardware that is required to support the mattress and fix it to the wall. Apart from this, it also has locking legs, a track for the bed to pivot on, and the actual mechanism that is required to lift the bed. These hardware kits are available in a variety of sizes and price ranges. This is because of the differing sizes of the beds and well as whether they are horizontally or vertically mounted. With the range available, make sure that you take into consideration the options and also access the type of Murphy bed you have or want to build, before buying a hardware kit.