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Why Blog About Wallbeds?

Why Blog About Wallbeds?

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Because, people looking for wallbeds or Murphy Beds can find us pretty easily.  It is reaching the people who DON’T KNOW they need us that is the trick.

Many times while working at our display in Costco, we would hear, “I didn’t know they still made those!” “What is that?” “I never thought about that.”

These are who we are trying to reach with our blog:

  • People who are frustrated with their current unused guest room.
  • People who are downsizing and can’t see having a bed take up so much space 24/7.
  • People who live in studio apartments and want it to feel like a one bedroom.
  • Retirees.  Students. Newlyweds.  Single folks.
  • For occasional use or daily use.

We have been getting pointers from both The Sales Lion and The Story of Telling.  We are trying to balance informative with anecdotal entries in order to answer those “out there” kind of questions. Let us know if there is anything you would like us to answer…in regards to wallbeds or Murphy Beds.

Now you see it. Now you DON’T!

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

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Murphy Beds Tell a Story

Once upon a time, Murphy Beds used to be built into apartments, just like ceiling light fixtures, radiators and the kitchen sink.  That was when space was a premium.  People had to be creative if they wanted a place to sleep and a place to socialize.  There were several variations and many even pivoted!  If you have ever visited an apartment from the 1930’s you may have seen a large brass ring in the floor and in the ceiling. These were leftover hardware from the pivoting beds. Many times they had wardrobes hanging from the back. A catalog from 1925 can be found here.  The drawings are WONDERFUL!

Closet Murphy Bed

Closet Murphy Bed

Along the way, people wanted more space and walled-in bedrooms became the norm.  Then the thinking continued- if there is a bed, it must be in its own room, and that room must just be for the bed.  As people spread out and built bigger homes that seemed to work. We became accustomed to having single purpose rooms and eventually had rooms that were only used a few times a year.  The problem became obvious when people started to economize and realized that while they only used the room a few days a year, they paid for it EVERY DAY! with heating, mortgage, cleaning… What to do!?

RE-ENTER the Murphy Bed.  Instead needing to move because you want a home office and a guest room and place to work out, make your investment work for you! You already have the space in that lonely guest room.  Install a wallbed, add a built-in desk to the corner, and bring in the treadmill! The closet can be used for storing weights, office supplies and bedding. You may have to push a couple things to the side when folks come to visit, but when they leave again, you have room to work!

The story told by Murphy wallbeds is this: Be practical. Multi-use is smarter than single purpose.  What’s old is new again.  Even the Wall Street Journal thinks so!

Now you see it. Now you don’t!

We are the Great American Wallbed Co. of Bellevue, Washington!

 

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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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