Installation

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.

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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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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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