Adding a Wall Bed or Murphy Bed

Do I NEED a Murphy Wallbed?

Do I Need a Murphy Wallbed?

I just came back from a fabulous visit to my homeland, Norway (see About). When I emigrated those may years ago, the nation was just a land “up there under the eternal snow.” The economy was a notch above struggle and traveling to the exotic was given to sailors.  Birds of Paradise and whispering palms belonged in dreams on frigid winter nights, exclusively.

Prosperous Norway However…

Things have changed…drastically!  Today Norwegians are on top of the heap, flushed with cash, passports filled with stamps from exotic places, and Audis in the garage.  They have become a “Needless Society”.  From my vantage point I can see questionable trade-offs.  But as a visitor I’m hardly qualified to judge.

“Needless Economy”

When I saw this expression for the first time, I realized what I’m up against when writing this blog. I’m writing about Murphy wallbeds, closet beds, vertical wallbeds, horizontal wallbeds, and the practicality of such product.  Yet, in a Needless Economy, i.e. ”I-have-no-need-of-stuff attitude,” MY readers still buy stuff.  Philosophize with me and ask yourself, “How lasting is the giddy feeling of indulging in a week’s vacation in, say, Europe, vs. changing out a stationary in-the-way rarely-used bed?”

Take the Vacation

…after you decide to go for a Murphy wallbed.  While you are checking out old castles,  or having pastry and a cup of coffee (no free refills, please!) for the equivalence of $ 35.00, http://www.mamis.no/  your wallbed is being installed back home, ready to give you a lasting thrill for your hard-earned money!

I wish you a great experience and lasting, exhilarating feelings!

Now you see it. Now you DON’T!

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

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Why Should You Drive to Our Place to Buy a Murphy Wallbed?

Why?

Why?

This will be a short blog about WHY.  Have you ever been warned about asking “why questions?”  Do you know why?  Yeah, you may get an answer you don’t want to hear…

So, why would you buy from us and from nobody else?  Well, I wish you could access the exuberant responses from hundreds of satisfied customers from our time at the Special Events/Road Shows, (you know what I’m referring to?)

  • not only do we offer just what a slew of other wall bed companies offer
  • not only do we make Murphy and Panel wallbeds, Vertical and Horizontal, like everyone else (See this blog)
  • not only do we offer cabinets, desks and fold-out tables like the rest of ‘em
  • we are just not that spectacularly different.

EXCEPT! we have NO cancellations! And we have NO complaints!

Think about it!

Now, three more questions:

  • Why would you NOT buy from us?
  • Why would you NOT buy from us?
  • Why would you NOT buy from us?

We are The Great American Wallbed Co.

Now you see it. Now you don’t.

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Murphy Student Wallbed Best Solution for Student Living

Time is here for getting settled into Student Living.  You made the grade, the college accepted you, and you’re packin’.

Great!

Universities and Colleges are not easy streets.  Lots of study time is required of you to make the grades.  The competition is tough out there.  Only the most disciplined students land accolades (that is French for tributes, praises, honors, awards, compliments, rave reviews) that will impress hiring staff, head hunters, and the like.  The rest can count on spending time with McD’s or as baristas (NO, that is NOT the same as barristers, check it out.)

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My point is this:  a responsible student needs good sleep.  Not necessarily a lot of sleep, but when in bed, “sound sleep” is what counts. Our Student Wallbed gives you that!  It has been tested under the most emotionally stressful situations, (I’m not at liberty to reveal where at this time.) We have testimonies from a variety of grateful people of how incredibly comfortable this wallbed model is!

One great advantage with our Student Wallbed is the narrower footprint. It handles surprisingly well. We include the mattress, which is of superior quality and designed especially to alleviate stress.  Add a fold-out table on the front panel of the Vertical model, and you have a desk. The top of the Horizontal bed cabinet can serve as a utility shelf for a monitor, pens, pencil holders, books, etc.

And the bonus is more floor space for throwing your clothes, backpack and bike!

Your Student Wallbed is a winner all around!  “Now You See It. Now You Don’t!”

We are The Great American Wallbed Co. in Bellevue, WA!

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Can My Murphy Wallbed be Moved to a New Location?

The other day a homeowner called with this concern, “I own a Vertical Wall bed, and I really would love to move it into my new home.  Is it possible, or must I sell it with this home and buy a new one?”

nuts and boltsWell, happy day!  This owner had bought the wallbed from us a couple of years ago at one of our Costco Special Events/Road Shows! Since it was one of our own wallbeds, we could confidently take the bed apart and reconstruct it in her new home. We charge a fee for this service but it is very reasonable and will be done quickly. If you are moving far away (we sent one to Singapore!) we can pack it up with all the parts, and give you instructions so you can re-install it yourself.

When you check out my blog about the integrity of the material used in our Murphy Library Beds and Vertical and Horizontal Panel beds you’ll understand why.

As long as the material used in the construction of a Murphy Wallbed is of furniture grade, and is not glued together, your wallbed can absolutely be moved from its existing space till a new location! This is why wallbeds are great solutions for RENTERS as well as HOMEOWNERS!

But wait, there’s another way of looking at this.  If you choose to leave your Murphy Wallbed behind, it will add value to the sale and benefit to the new owners.  Furthermore, you can go shopping for a new Murphy Wallbed!  Think about it;   a change of color, or some added cabinets that fit snugly into your new home will transform an ordinary room into fabulously functionally chic (French for stylish) space!  In fact, the result may be so satisfying that you never want to move again!

But if you must move, remember: Yes!  It can move with you!

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What are the Differences Between Murphy Beds, Wallbeds, and Pull-Down Beds?

This question: What are the differences between Murphy Beds, Wallbeds, and Pull-Down Beds came up often in the years we displayed our wallbeds* in the different Costco warehouses around Puget Sound, aka the Greater Seattle Area.

Next Bed

The bed is named for William Lawrence Murphy (1876–1959). According to legend, he was wooing an opera singer, but living in a one-room apartment in San Francisco, and the moral code of the time frowned upon a woman entering a man’s bedroom. Murphy’s invention converted his bedroom into a parlor. Although wallbeds were offered in the Sears and Roebuck Catalogs before this, Mr. Murphy improved on the design and mechanism and obtained patents over the next several years. In 1989, the Court ruled that the term Murphy Bed was no longer eligible for trademark protection.

Traditionally, a Murphy Bed is a wall or floor mounted mechanism, with lifting springs along the bottom, which raises and lowers a mattress. The leg deploys automatically when the bed is pulled down. It can be free-standing, installed in a closet, or hidden within a large cabinet. A Murphy Bed is separate from what encloses it.

A Wallbed is different from a Murphy Bed. It too, raises and lowers a mattress with the help of springs, but in this case, they are on the sides of the bed cabinet. A wallbed consists of a frame, mechanisms, leg and cabinet. The cabinet and frame TOGETHER make a Wallbed. The face panels are connected to the frame. The frame is connected to the spring lift mechanisms. The spring lift mechanisms are connected to the shoulder bone. The shoulder bone is connected to the neck bone. Oops! We got a little lost there! (Back on track now!) One other difference between Murphy Beds and most wallbeds is the leg is operated manually.

The term: Pull-Down Beds is used mostly in moments of total brain-lock, when we resort to hand motions. (Again, that is from my Costco Special Event “Experiences List.”)

Murphy’s original designs and materials are up-graded by modern designers, materials, and techniques, but the basic aim is the same: Disguise a bed where space is limited, attractive solution desired, and need for a good night’s sleep is great. Needs have always been the mother of inventions, right?

It appears that Mr. Murphy actually got married to the dame he desired to woo. Whereas we cannot promise you that marriage proposals will come as a result of buying and installing one of our Great American Wallbeds, we can promise you this – a comfortable night’s rest, in a bed attractively disguised in a wall, until you pull it down.

*The Great American Wallbeds LLC

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Expanding the Possibilities of Affordable Senior Housing with Wallbeds

Recently we attended a Technology Home Showcase, arranged by LeadingAge Washington. We shared our solution of how to expand the possibilities with our version of an affordable Horizontal Wall Bed slightly narrower than a standard Twin size, mattress included. We call it The Companion Bed.

The Technology Committee, headed by Wattenbarger Architects, put together an exhibit that showcased how seniors can live either independently or within a long-term care community with the help of innovative, universal design and technology support.

CB show

Much thought has gone into making Senior Living an affordable and enjoyable experience.  But we will not kid ourselves; living in Senior Housing and Assisted Living/ Nursing Homes can be exorbitantly expensive.   So where does the “affordable” come in?

For the many that had the foresight to “move down” into smaller homes or condos, there are many affordable products enabling owners to stay put.  But as age progresses, to remain independent in a small footprint home, sometimes requires a companion to stay overnight.  How can they rest comfortably?  Not on a sleeper couch!

If I had a dollar for all our customers who threw out the sleeper couch in exchange for a Wall bed/Murphy Bed during our Costco Road Shows, I would be a rich woman! NO, they didn’t even donate it to the Services for the Blind, this contraption continues to be too UNCOMFORTABLE.

The Companion Bed (TM) to the rescue! It’s easy to operate, may even fit in a hallway, and provides a good rest for any BODY, expanding the possibilities, indeed! Find out more at our sister company’s site: NuSpace Medical.

For more general wallbed information, please check out http://gawallbeds.com/. We look forward to assisting you!

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Do Wallbeds or Murphy Beds Improve Small Homes, Small Rooms, and Studio Apartments?

Are wallbeds, aka Murphy Beds, really the answer for small homes, small rooms, and small Studio Apartments? Studio apartments benefit from wall beds/Murphy Beds, and how!! Imagine the puzzled look on your friends when you invite them over to your one-room studio and they see no bed, sleeper couch, or futon.  You become like the magician who spellbinds the audience with the flick of the wrist!  Ta-da! The wallbed comes down safely and effortlessly.  The wallbed goes up just as easy.  Everybody gets to try.  What a great ice-breaker!

It seems self-evident that wallbeds are the answers for small homes, small rooms, and studios!  But strangely enough, those who need this solution mostly grew up in an era where “plenty and spacious” were taken for granted. Check out Not So Big House for great ideas!

They have no idea that such a product exists, or if it does, it must be outdated, cumbersome, and plain dangerous.  I discovered these prevailing images in young shoppers’ minds as I spent untold hours attending our Wallbed and Murphy Bed display at the Costco Special Events around the greater Seattle area.

Studio_ApartmentWallbeds and Murphy Beds in small homes add square feet of useful floor space.  Why would you have a bed take up 30 – 35 sq feet of space, 365 days a year, instead of a wallbed that occupies an area 18 inches out from the wall?

Small rooms with wall beds/Murphy Beds are turned into play area for kids, exercise room for adults, and hobby room for arts and crafts! Shoppers liked to stop by and tell me how much they love their wall beds, and they are proud of being savvy and practical after decades of decadence and frivolous pursuit of bigger and better. More wallbed ideas here!

Ooops, I’m getting preachy….eeeek……

Yes, Wallbeds or Murphy Beds are definitely the best choice for small homes, small rooms, and Studio apartments!   Check us out at The Great American Wallbed Co.

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Can I Get a Wallbed/ Murphy Bed Inside a High-rise, Up a Winding Staircase, or Into a Closet?

These questions have been asked many times during our Costco Special Events. So let me answer it this way:  wherever there’s an opening, there’s a way to get your Wallbed/Murphy Bed in. It may seem impossible to get a Wallbed/ Murphy Bed up a High-rise or tight winding staircases, or in a closet. “But,” you may say, “I have a tight stairway that turns and turns and turns again.” Stay encouraged! Our experienced installers outsmart any challenge, obstacle, and impossible egress every day.  Where there is a will, there’s a way to accomplish the task at hand.

tight stairsThere have been staircases where a Wallbed/Murphy Bed has been carried up piece-by-piece, in addition to toolbox, ladder, and other necessities.  It may take a while longer, but since you are not paying for installation by the hour, but it doesn’t matter! At the end of the day, your Wallbed will be installed and ready for use.

A High-rise usually has a utility elevator big enough for an un-assembled Wallbed/Murphy Bed.  In such cases, access is a cinch! If there’s no elevator in your situation, installers will do whatever it takes to get your Wallbed in place. They will even go and survey your particular situation beforehand in order to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Do you want your Wallbed installed in an existing closet? That, too, can be done.  There might be a need for some minor adjustment to the opening for an added expense, so this needs to be discussed beforehand.

All is possible for he who believes; we believe all is possible!  We are The Great American Wallbed Company, Bellevue, WA!

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Is Adding a Wall Bed or Murphy Bed to your Home an INVESTMENT or a COST?

 

When you invest in a Wallbed or Murphy Bed, your return on a $3,000.00 investment can be almost 5 times your original money!

Your stationary, standard Queen bed, takes at least 35 sq. feet of space and is costing you anywhere from $200.00 per square foot up to a median Seattle price of $428.00 per square foot (June 2013).  This calculates as a value ranging from $7,000.00 to $15,000.00! Wow! And that doesn’t include the cost of heating and cooling a single purpose room all year!

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Furthermore, with a wallbed, you don’t need to add a room!  Do a quick calculation of what a 10×10 addition will cost in this market.  Yup: between $25,000.00 and $50,000.

A Queen-size wall bed/Murphy bed is roughly 67″ x 88″ when open but when it is closed, it takes a measly 8.5 square feet of floor space!  Trulia will show you! Seattle home values, listing prices, average and median sale prices, and Average price per square foot for Seattle WA was $428, an increase of 43.1%. (Seattle P.I. article) In the Greater Puget Sound area, the price per square foot ranges from $250 on up to the $700 –$ 800 dollar range (June 2013).  In other words, the space your conventional bed requires equals $28,000, more or less!

Please, do your own search in your local market.  This is the reality in the greater Seattle area!

Now, go into your guest bedroom and look at that bed taking up expensive real estate! Call Salvation Army, donate the bed, and get a tax write-off!  Invest $3,000.00 (more or less) and gain space worth up to 5 times that! It’s the thing $avvy $hoppers do now.

Are you a condo dweller?  You don’t have the choice to add on!  You love where you live and you don’t want to move.  A small investment in a wallbed gains you both additional space and adds value per square foot. Check it out for yourself!

How else can you pick up 35 square feet of livable space for $3,000.00?

Check out The Great American Wallbed Co. for more ways for you to increase your home’s value!

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