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LED Lights and Wallbeds

Many of our wallbeds are used primarily as guest beds. I am sure this comes as no surprise! This blog is about completing the comfort for your friends and family.

For some reason, when I take a break or go on vacation, I tend to read more.  I’m not sure why that is, but I know I am not alone. There is something special about choosing the right book for a getaway.

Vertical Wallbed with LED Reading Lights

Vertical Wallbed with LED Reading Lights

Many times while visiting, sleep schedules between hosts and guests don’t match. Their bedtime may be earlier than yours, and you don’t want to linger in the living room by yourself. Your generous hosts have installed a lovely wallbed and picked a comfy mattress so you can relax while visiting them. Time to head to your home-away-from-home and crawl under the covers. This is the best time to read!

Your thoughtful host has made sure you can do this comfortably by adding one special detail: LED Lights.  They offer the right amount of warm light to your book, tablet or Kindle and being LEDs, hardly use any power at all.

We use a low voltage system that is very simple and discreet. All the wires are hidden and the power comes from a simple wall outlet.  No need to call an electrician! The wireless switch is attached to the inside wall of the bed cabinet and is on or off with the simple touch of a button.  Should you forget to turn off the lights before closing the bed, LEDs won’t cause a fire!  They stay cool to the touch and are very safe. The other wonderful thing about LEDs is the long lifespan of the diodes! Unlike traditional light bulbs which will burn out at the worst time, LEDs last for tens of thousands of hours!

So grab a book, get comfy and enjoy the world it brings you to!  In the morning, don’t forget to thank your awesome host for their thoughtfulness. Maybe next year they will make coffee the way YOU like it…but for now, life is good!

Now you see it. Now you DON’T!

We are the Great American Wallbed Co. in Bellevue, WA.

For information about LEDs in general, check out this site.

BTW: These lights don’t work in the Horizontal Beds. Sorry about that!

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Wallbeds and Pets

Are there such things as wallbeds for dogs and cats? Yes there are!  Unfortunately, we don’t make them (at this time) but here is a place where you can find them.  Or you can even build your own with directions found here.

The subject of cat and dogs is close to our hearts here at the Great American Wallbed Co.  If you ever stop by to check out of selection of wallbeds, one special helper will gladly show you how to relax on top of the covers or sometimes UNDER the covers. Kitty has been helping us demonstrate our beds for about 5 years now. She is part Maine Coon and is not a tiny cat. Kitty’s early years are a secret but five years ago she was adopted by our fearless leader, Robert, and has been greeting folks ever since.

Dad and Kitty

Thanks for Adopting!

One day Robert decided he wanted a cat.  Robert’s wife, Heidi, was not as keen on the idea.  A short while later, Robert visited a locksmith who happened to have a ‘shop cat’ and he figured he could do the same!  He went out to Homeward Bound, in Woodinville, WA, and was taken by a huge fluffball who had been passed over by many others.  She was too big, all grown up, not a wee little kitten… But when she brushed up against his leg, that was all it took.  Kitty had a new home.

She greets us when we arrive each day, plays with her toys and keeps us company when we work late.  She does have a feisty side- woe to you if you are petting her and dare to stop!  The high point of her day is when the mail arrives.  Bonnie, the mail carrier brings her treats and gives her a scratch or two.  Sad is the day when someone other than Bonnie is driving the truck and there aren’t any treats. She looks at them with undisguised disdain.  They are driving the truck and bringing the mail- therefore the treats should be there as well!

The rescues and shelters of FULL of special critters just like Kitty who would love to keep you company.  Please take an afternoon and find yourself a buddy.

I will leave you with two important tips:

Adopt, don’t Shop!

“Help control the pet population: Have your pet spayed or neutered.” (Thanks Bob Barker!)

We are The Great American Wallbed Co. in Bellevue, Washington.

Now you see it. Now you don’t!

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Can I Keep my Bedding on My Wallbed or Murphy Bed When it is Closed?

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.

duvetsSo what are some ways of dealing with this creatively?

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 .

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