Whether you’re working from home in Austin and looking for ways to get the most functional space out of your or you’re an empty nester downsizing into a more manageable home, a comfortable Murphy bed can be a great space-saving addition to your home.
Murphy beds are meticulously designed to ensure a comfortable experience and to blend into the background of your room. Many look like a cabinet or a set of bookshelves to the unwitting observer.
A Murphy bed isn’t designed to steal the show in your space (although its cabinetry can look sleekly stunning); however, it’ll play a starring role in ensuring you and your guests enjoy a comfortable night’s rest.
What Makes Murphy Beds a Comfortable Option for Space-Smart Homeowners?
A Murphy bed is a space-saving convenience when compared to a traditional bed. You might consider choosing a Murphy bed because:
- They make more square footage available in your house by clearing floor space when not in use
- They can be unobtrusively added to a variety of spaces in your home without dominating the space
- They allow you to make different rooms in your home multi-functional – turning a guest room into a remote office when not in use, or giving children additional floor space to spread out toys and play
The Top Features that Ensure Murphy Beds Provide a Great Night’s Sleep
You might expect to sacrifice some comfort in exchange for the enhanced functionality you gain, but that’s not the case with Murphy beds.
Murphy beds have been designed and engineered to provide both convenience and comfort, so you or your guests can get a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed, one that might even be more comfortable that the traditional guest bed! In fact, many of our Murphy bed buyers tell us they find their space-saving bed to be even more comfortable than their “everyday” bed!
1. You choose the right mattress for you.
Murphy beds use the same size mattresses as traditional beds. One difference – their mattresses are specifically engineered for vertical storage; they’ll be more comfortable and last longer than a traditional mattress used in the same situation.
Murphy beds don’t require a box spring, which reduces the footprint of their storage space. They also don’t require you to exchange your comfortable mattress to take advantage of extra floor space, even though that might be necessary with some other storage bed options (like a futon or a sofa bed).
And the mattresses you purchase for your Murphy bed can have many of the same luxe features of your traditional bed. You can choose a traditional spring mattress, a plush pillow top, a gel or memory foam – designed by trustworthy and well-known manufacturers like Serta.
If you want to give the mattress first-hand consideration, you can visit a Murphy bed showroom, where you can test out comfortable Murphy bed mattress options and choose the one that fits your space and ensures a good night’s sleep.
2. The mattress is solid and sturdy.
Many homeowners are more familiar with sofa beds and immediately expect a Murphy bed to offer the same type of mattress. While both beds are designed to fit into small spaces, the Murphy bed mattress is the hands-down winner for comfort.
Why would anyone want to sleep on a mattress that folds and bends? Pull-out sofa beds and futons that convert into beds both use mattresses that fold in half or in thirds, which means they offer less structure and less firmness.
Murphy bed mattresses are designed to be comfortable. The Murphy bed is mounted on a spring-loaded mechanism so it can lift in one piece and be stored easily in the wall cabinet.
Because the mattress is stored in this way, it never folds, can be more solid and sturdy and can also sustain its structural integrity over an extended period of time. As an added perk, because the bed is designed to fold down quickly and easily, you can store it with sheets and a light blanket attached – no need to search for and put on sheets every time you pull out the bed.
3. You don’t have to contend with uncomfortable bars.
Anyone who has ever slept on a sofa bed knows that the mattress is supported by metal bars that poke and gouge across the back and legs.
These bars under a thin folding mattress usually result in a very uncomfortable sleeping experience. Sleeping on a Murphy bed, you’ll find there are no support bars. When the bed is lowered for sleeping, it functions and feels exactly like a conventional bed.
4. You can indulge with the perfect bedding.
Whether you opt for a twin, full, queen, or even a king size Murphy bed, you have the option to dress it up and make it as comfortable and cozy as you wish.
Because the mattress is standard size, you can use regular sheets and bedding on it – no need to search for an obscure size or to limit your options to a few custom-made items.
Unlike sofa beds, air mattresses, and futons, that are typically much thinner and thus make it difficult for traditional bedding to stay in place, you’ll never have to worry about the sheets not fitting correctly or coming loose at the corners every time you or your guests move with a Murphy bed!
If it’s cold, deck out the bed with your favorite cozy flannel. If you want a little added luxury, go with silky smooth sheets or ones made from Egyptian cotton.
A Comfortable Night’s Sleep as Part of a Healthy Life
Good sleep is critical to health and well-being. According to research from Harvard Medical School, people who sleep poorly have impaired judgment at work and in their personal lives, are more likely to make mistakes or be involved in accidents, and are more likely to suffer both physically and emotionally.
Making an investment in a comfortable Murphy bed can benefit your family in more ways than just making space available.
If you’re sleeping on the Murphy bed on a regular basis, you’ll get a better night’s rest than on a pull-out sofa, futon or air mattress. If guests are sleeping comfortably in your Murphy bed, they’ll be better rested and ready to enjoy their valuable time with you.
When you’re considering the most comfortable bed option for your home, placement can play a big role. Consulting with a designer can give you a good idea of where your Murphy bed might best fit into your home, so you can enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep without the sun shining straight into your eyes at dawn and with a higher level of privacy than a sofa bed in a main living area.