Surfing the WWW for Wall Bed/Murphy Bed companies the other day caused me to reflect on this dilemma: Local or Online? I checked out both nationwide and local Wall Bed/Murphy Bed manufacturers. Several of the online companies I viewed have great websites, such as Bedder Way and BredaBeds. They contain a large amount of information regarding material, finishes, measurements, pricings and so on. Usually you will have to pay freight and install it yourself with the video and written instructions provided. It can be tricky, but it is doable with enough planning and extra hands. You will save money on the installation, but probably pay more for freight.
Local Wall Bed/Murphy Bed companies in the greater Seattle/ Puget Sound area also offer good info. Among them are: Wallbeds Northwest and Northwest Closet and Wallbeds. A local company should be able to come out to your home to measure your space and make suggestions. They will also have the ability to install your new wallbed. Make sure they are licensed and bonded before they start to assemble your wallbed. You will pay more for installation, but it will usually be done in one. Most DIY project I have experienced, last MUCH longer than that!
Honestly, most of the Wallbed/ Murphy Bed companies, both online and local, are capable and skilled in making what you want. For me, it comes down to this: personal contact and cost.
A local retail store (less shipping, handling, and installation cost) would be my decision. Why? Because I will be working with people, i.e. human beings, that I may later run into at the local Starbucks. With the national companies, it is trickier to make a lasting connection. (Don’t you agree now that I pointed it out to you????)
- Get a feel for whom you are dealing with. You might be surprised how simplified your process becomes.
- In return, you will feel good for favoring and supporting one of your LOCAL companies. We would love to be your teacher, help you zero in on your needs, and together come up with a workable and satisfying design.
- Local Wallbed companies are usually Family Owned and Operated. We pay Local Taxes J Think about it!
In this case the “WE” are The Great American Wallbeds Company, (aka Seattle Wallbeds Co.) Bellevue, WA. The “great,” in Great American Wallbed, is our reputation around the Greater Seattle Area Costco Special Events. Chances are you saw us there first 🙂
Check out The Great American Wallbed Co. for our offerings.