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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 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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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.

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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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“Murphy Beds/ Wallbeds vs. Sleeper Sofa” or “Comfort vs. Misery”

I visited my family in Washington D.C. during this week’s East-Coast heat-wave, (July 2013). I can personally attest to several down sides of having to resort to a foldout sleeper sofa I would have MUCH preferred the instant comfort of a pull-down Murphy Wallbed.

sleeper sofa failWater from the overworked air conditioner poured through the plastered ceiling in the quaint, old brown-stone three-level home. The unit decided to quit as the temperature peaked well past perspiration glow – we were in full-blown dripping sweat mode!  The upstairs bedrooms were sweltering. We needed to change sleeping quarters. This meant resorting to the hide-a bed sleeper sofa in the daylight-basement. Since the mattress is only a miserly 2-inch pad, the metal frame  support underneath creates ongoing misery for the average-size adult who tries sleeping both lengthwise, diagonally, and even crosswise. Sound sleep is hard, (ooh, ohhh, oww!) and nearly impossible to achieve. (Hint: A better solution would be sleeping on the floor on top of the cushions.)

On the other hand, a Murphy Wallbed has up to a 12 inch mattress, of your own choosing! No cushions to stack on the floor and re-position in the morning; no metal bar pressing into your spine or lower back or legs; and no need for tossing, turning, or ending up crosswise; or, for that matter, cross!

Once you wake up from a comfortable night’s sleep, simply get up, and close the wallbed with one finger- instantly creating an ordered environment.  If you have the additional feature of a fold-out table on the front of your Platform Wallbed, you can set up your home-office while the coffee is brewing.  Voila! (French for ta-dah!) It’s gonna be a gooood day!

Visit us at The Great American Wallbed Co. for more info or give us a call 866-284-4994 for more information.

(Awesome Pros and Cons of Sleeper Sofas article HERE.  The comments are priceless!!)

Image thanks to cheezburger.com.

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Breaking News!! REDUCED PRICES!

At The Great American Wallbed Co. we believe in being trustworthy and honorable. Everyone should, right?

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Lately we took a good, hard look at our pricing and went back to square one. We examined the different costs – hardware, material, delivery etc… We discovered that we could do something unusual and refreshing! We could REDUCE the prices of our wallbeds and still be profitable! Some of our costs had changed in a favorable direction and so we are passing those changes on to YOU – our reason for being in business!

We are here because we like to be helpful.

We are here because we enjoy creative solutions to challenging problems.

We are here because we understand the value of your hard earned money and want to help you save it.

We are here because of YOU.

How, you may ask, does spending a couple thousand dollars help SAVE money? Check out our blogs about the real cost of homes here and here for some answers. Aside from the cost per square foot of your home, if you are renting, have you priced the cost and hassle of MOVING lately?? By adding a Wallbed or Murphy Bed to your home, it can turn a studio into a one bedroom, a one into a two and so on!

See? We just helped you with your limited space problem and saved you money at the same time!!!

Keep in mind, this is not a SALE.  These are new, lower prices and will only go up when material and production costs make a big leap.

Thank you for letting us stay in business!

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Which Mattress is Best for My Wallbed or Murphy Bed? Do I Need Box Springs?

Good news for those who worry about what kind of mattress they can put on their Wall bed/Murphy Bed: you may use any mattress that you deem comfortable as long as it is within the bounds of the Wallbed manufacturer’s measurements.

And NO, you will not need box springs.  All the comfort is now in the top mattress!

Know this:

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  • the frame of a standard wall bed takes a standard size mattress.  (Queen, Full, Twin)
  • The thickness of the mattress is dictated by the depth of your wallbed, which in turn is dictated by the height of the legs!.  Ours are in the middle and can handle 12”
    thick mattresses in the wallbeds and 11” in Library beds.
  • Once that’s established, it’s time to head for the Mattress Store.

Since it may be some time ago you bought a mattress, you’d be pleasantly surprised at the various types available today.  Here’s a blog that gives you good information, both about mattress types as well as some helpful hints about achieving a good night’s sleep: Mattress Depot USA.  We have sent untold number of customers to Mattress Depot, by the way; their salespeople are familiar with a Wall bed/Murphy bed customer’s need.  Furthermore, they are excellent to do business with! (Our shop is just down the street from the Overlake store.)

Since we were often displaying our Wall Bed /Murphy Bed units next to the mattress aisle at Costco we of course checked out their wares.  They have a good selection that is always favorably priced.  Usually there is no trained salesperson for these mattresses, so you are left to your own hopes and guesses about which one to choose.   Read comments from customers. Educate yourself!

Do you intend to use a Memory Foam type mattress on your Wall bed frame?  If you use the bed nightly, or at least often, Memory Foam is ok.  If it is for occasional guest, and the mattress is resting on its head for months at a time, memory foam mattresses may slump a bit. The wallbed may need to be opened up for a while before the guest goes to sleep.

There are SO many choices and that is why we do not sell our beds with a mattress.  And one more tip: the thickness refers to the OVERALL thickness, including the puffy pillowtop.  Please measure to the thickest point and not just between the stitched welts on the sides.

Sweet Dreams from The Great American Wallbed Co.

Image courtesy of: Mattress Vancouver. Their mattress blogs are rather amusing!

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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!

Image courtesy of CustomMade.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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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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