First: let’s cover the mattress, (pun intended.) The mattress on a Murphy Bed is held in place with a strap, so that when closing, the mattress stays in place. We have found that you do not need the strap around the mattress while sleeping on it; your bodyweight, in addition to the weight, of the mattress will pretty much insure that it is not going anywhere. Wink, wink! Nudge, nudge!
On a Wallbed unit (read about the difference in Blog # 1) the hardware that you swing down, to be used as legs, is also used to keep the mattress in place, when you swing it up, before you close the unit. No strap is needed on this Wallbed.
Second: bottom sheet, flat sheet, blankets, and certain comforters can all stay on the Wall Bed/Murphy Bed when the unit is in a closed position. However, the pillow is usually is too puffy for the space between the mattress and the wall, and will most likely NOT close the Wall Bed/Murphy Bed securely. A comforter up to a certain thickness will work, but all’s relative to the space between the unit and the wall. It has its limits.
I belong to the fortunate ones who have a tall and wide wall, and ordered extra tall cabinets on either sides of the Murphy Bed so I could have a top shelf connected, big enough to accommodate pillows and winter comforters.
For those of you who have a standard 8 foot wall, the best advice I can give is to have (or buy, see our units online) a side unit with doors in which a pillow and comforter can fit inside. If this is not an option, I would be sure that the bedding I buy would be warm enough for the nighttime needs as well as compact enough for the wallbed unit to close securely. For example, check when BedVoyage has a Road Show at your nearest Costco, scrape your money together, RUN there and buy these sheets. We have talked with the owner in person at times when we displayed our Wallbeds and Murphy Beds at the Costco Road Shows and can recommend her products.
There is also a Pacific Coast Down Blanket Satin Trim (pictured to the left). This is nice and warm, but not bulky. It is also available in Costco in season. Check, of course, also with your local merchants, like Macy’s.
You will be able to find a product to satisfy your particular need.
A point to ponder: If this were a guest bed that is only used a few times a year, I would not keep bedding on since it could get kinda stuffy and stale in there over time.
If you have any questions, please, call, email, text, or drop by. We will be happy to help you! We are The Great American Wallbed Co., in Bellevue, Washington!
Photo courtesy of http://www.PacificPillows.com .