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What are the Differences Between Horizontal and Vertical Wallbeds?

Go back to the blessed teacher who gave you the concept of “horizontal” vs. “vertical” by a sweeping gesture of his hand:  across (Horizontal) and up and down (Vertical).  In the case of wallbeds, the difference between Horizontal and Vertical Wallbeds can be viewed here: Horizontal Wallbeds and here: Vertical Wallbeds

H and VSome things to consider after you understand the difference between Horizontal and Vertical Wallbeds:

  • Room: Which room will you put it in? We have installed horizontal wallbeds in wide hallways!
  • Space: What is the most practical choice you can make with the space available?
  • Who: For the most part, who is going to use the bed?

You need to know that a minimum clearance is required in both width and height.  So after you measure your space, check the numbers against our charts: The Great American Wallbed Co.

NOTE: If you are in doubt about your abilities to read a tape measure (believe me, you are NOT alone), have a rep from the Wallbed/Murphy Bed company come over and help you.  Better yet, ask them to send their Designer* to give you additional creative ideas and understanding of the hidden treasures in your room.

The space available will determine what you can have, not necessarily what you want… (Yes, there are still some absolutes in the world)…again, a creative mind, like a Designer, can be of great help, usually offered at no extra cost!

  • Finally, WHO will be using this bed? If it is a child, I recommend a Horizontal Wallbed.  It is much simpler to open and close. The same recommendation goes for a shorter adult or an aging person: to make opening and closing as easy as possible.
  • If two people are sleeping in the bed at the same time, one will be on the inside against the wall in a Horizontal Wallbed. If that person has to get up in the middle of the night, well, that may cause a stir…
  • The Vertical Wallbed is more flexible, having access on either side and for that reason seems to be the most popular model.

Either way you get a bedroom in as little as 16 inches of floor space (18 for a Vertical Wallbed and 26 inches if you choose our Library Bed model.) One important note: The Pivoting Library Bed is ONLY available in Vertical.

*Our Designer is Anne; she can be contacted at anne@gawallbeds.com

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How Much is a Fair and Reasonably Priced Wallbed?

Best PriceIn a world of relativity, uncertainty, and Google-mining, one thing is certain: knowing when, for sure! you found a fair and reasonably priced wall bed/Murphy bed is a daunting task! So let us look at some things that play a role in pricing and see if there is a wallbed priced just for you! By the way, we all want to save money, make a “deal,” and find a “special offer.” It makes us feel good and in control, even if it’s only a dollar. Admit it!

If you found this blog, I KNOW you’ve been mining the vast internet for fair and reasonable wallbed prices. But you have STOP and ask yourself several questions first.
What should your wall bed look like?

  • Like an heirloom furniture? Luxury Lamb
  • A Shaker style? Pinterest
  • Scandinavian Contemporary? Apartment Therapy
  • Should it be made of plywood? Wood Magazine
  • Paint grade? Painted finish, or stained? Wood veneer or laminate?
  • Particle board? Don’t turn up your nose. The industrial grades (NOT MDF) today are super strong, certified Green Products, and preferred by the most reputable furniture manufacturers.  Material Info
  • And what kind of surface will your wall bed have: smooth or grained melamine or super modern glossy? IKEA

Now sit down and-

  • establish a budget: $0 – $1,000,000
  • choose a basic style: Horizontal, Vertical or Library
  • pick your size: Twin, Full or Queen
  • decide which material: Veneer, Laminate or paint/ stain
  • add sales tax (Plug in your address here to determine your tax rate. It is based on where the wallbed is INSTALLED not where it is sold!) Washington State Tax Lookup
  • do you have to add freight?
  • delivery charges?
  • installation charges?

Once you have answers to these questions you are ready to buy that fair and reasonably priced wall bed/Murphy bed!

“But,” you say, “what I want costs this much on this Site A and that much on Site B!” See, I took you on a global trip and showed you what is out there. Remember “think global, shop local”? Come in and talk with us; we will walk you through the process to a fair and reasonably priced wall bed just like we have done at numerous Costco Special Event Shows in the greater Seattle area.  The Great American Wallbed Co.

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