The Murphy bed has been around for over 100 years and its utility and style ensure that it will be around for at least another 100. Whether you’re looking to conserve space in a small apartment or looking to give yourself an additional guest space without adding a new room to your house, the Murphy bed is the perfect solution.
Adding a Murphy bed to your home is an investment that can add value for years to come. You might be tempted to save money by purchasing a DIY kit from an online retailer rather than getting a custom bed and working with a professional installer, but don’t let your excitement for this savvy space saver lead you to make any hasty decisions. While online shopping is ideal for many products, it usually isn’t the best way to acquire a Murphy bed and we’ve got the reasons why.
A Brief History of the Murphy Bed
Also called a pull-down bed or a fold-down bed—Murphy beds have been part of the design and architecture lexicon since 1912. Its inventor, William Lawrence Murphy, needed a way to entertain in his one-room apartment in San Francisco, and the Murphy bed was born. While folding beds pre-dated Murphy’s “Disappearing Bed,” it was the first of its kind to introduce pivot and counterbalanced designs and became all the rage, appearing in several films from the 1910s through modern times. The Murphy bed may be over 100 years old, but there’s nothing antique about it.
DIY Murphy Bed Kits vs. Professional Installation
With space at a premium and more people clamoring for urban spaces the Murphy bed has seen a resurgence in popularity. Many customers who purchase a DIY Murphy bed kit expect a quick and easy assembly, but the installation of a Murphy bed requires specific training and product knowledge to ensure the bed is functional, comfortable and safe.
Here are a few reasons why you should purchase your Murphy bed from a company that provides professional installation:
Murphy bed quality. For starters, it’s really hard to evaluate the quality of the product you are considering purchasing when online shopping. How does the cabinetry look in person and how easy is it to raise and lower the bed? There is a big variety in the quality of cabinetry and Murphy bed mechanisms available. Visiting a showroom in person is the best way to understand exactly what you are getting for your investment.
Heavy shipments. Murphy beds are heavy and can be difficult to receive without a loading dock. Not only are Murphy bed cabinets, mechanisms and mattresses heavy but they are also unwieldy and involve a lot of packaging that must be disposed of. The number of parts involved can also be overwhelming. We’ve had more than a few customers come to us for a Murphy bed after having a bad experience with an online kit. Many of these clients have reported receiving beds with missing parts or cabinets that have arrived in the wrong size or finish. Managing returns and replacements can be costly and difficult when dealing with such large and heavy items. So difficult, in fact, that some clients in these situations have told us their Murphy bed kits ended up in the garage and have stayed there because they were too overwhelming to deal with. Other times, customers have been very disappointed in how difficult their beds were to operate after having spent days putting them together.
Technical installation. On average it takes two, experienced professional installers 6 hours, from start to finish, to deliver and install a Murphy bed in a customer’s home. A self installation by homeowners without training and prior experience can take much longer and result in frustration and installations that are not done correctly and can even be unsafe.
Intricate adjustments. When a Murphy bed is being assembled it is not like putting together a piece of furniture with a few screws, but requires a multitude of adjustments and balance. Murphy bed installers are professionals who have a background in carpentry so that when a Murphy bed is installed they are actually installing it in a way that accounts not just for the bed but for walls that may not be plumb and floors that are out of level. This allows for the Murphy bed to fit into the style and structure of your home assuring it will operate correctly, and be easy to use and comfortable for your guests.
Seamless operation. More Space Place professional installers know just how to adjust the springs on your Murphy bed to the weight of the mattress so that your guests can raise and lower the bed with ease. Too many springs can make a bed hard to deploy, not enough can cause it to deploy too quickly. Spring adjustments can be difficult to make and require a special tool and are best left to an experienced installation team.
In the end, installing a Murphy bed on your own may present more trouble than it’s worth and can even end up increasing the overall cost. Avoid DIY Murphy bed kits and let the professionals handle the heavy lifting, technical installation and clean up so you can relax and enjoy the newest addition to your home without the headache.