Picture this: you’re finally settled in your “adult” home, the one where you start phasing out the old college furniture. The one where you buy some real art to hang on the wall.
Or, maybe you’re already there and you’re ready to upgrade from the house where the kids’ toys filled the space. The one where you invest in luxurious furniture and features to make it truly perfect for you.
Or, maybe you’re well-established in a beautifully designed home, and you’re looking for ways to start offering hospitality to special people in your life, hosting holiday gatherings or inviting grandchildren for long visits in the summer.
When you’re in either of these life stages, you might wonder whether a Murphy bed fits into your design. Does a bed that folds away give the impression that you’re living well, or that you’re pinched for space?
We’ve put together the top reasons we believe a Murphy bed belongs in a sophisticated home. Keep reading to learn why it might be a perfect fit for you:
1. Murphy beds give you more value in your square footage.
In Austin, the average home’s cost per square foot is over $300. If you have a queen size bed in that space, it’s eating up about 35 square feet of space (more if you consider the walking space you need to leave to maneuver around the bed.
If you extrapolate out that cost, your bed is sitting on almost $11,000 worth of real estate! Wouldn’t it be nice to maximize its functionality?
Many homeowners are finding that they need to make space for remote work, and creating a hybrid home office/guest room can maximize the functionality of your space without overcrowding it with furniture.
One of our local clients (who just happens to be an interior designer!) was recently able to convert a room in her home for this exact purpose. The rich cherry panels of the Murphy bed lend sophistication to the space, while also leaving plenty of room for a home office setup when guests aren’t visiting.
2. Murphy beds reduce your clutter and make your space look more chic.
Again, a bed can take up quite a bit of space, space that then is unavailable for other purposes. When you use a Murphy bed, you can up the wow factor of your space, increasing both functionality and appeal.
For example, our library beds provide a beautiful option for displaying books and curios. When you’re ready for a good night’s sleep, the shelves shift aside and reveal a ready-for-rest bed.
3. Murphy beds can be comfortable and luxurious.
When you think about storing away a bed, one of the first things that probably comes to mind is that uncomfortable bar in the middle of a sofa bed…the one that ends up putting a dent in the middle of your back all night.
Sofa beds and futons provide other options for expanding sleeping space, but we’d argue that neither is a great fit when you’re trying to ensure your home is a restful and sophisticated retreat. A sofa bed is often located in a less-than-private space within a home, while a futon is generally low to the ground and uncomfortable for elderly guests or guests with disabilities.
A Murphy bed, on the other hand, is attractive, can be located in a private guest room or suite, and can be fitted out with a luxurious mattress of your choice.
Murphy bed mattresses are specially designed to be able to maintain their shape and engineered for vertical storage. Their mattress choices can be as customizable as the one you might choose for your traditional guest bed, with top-of-the-line designers and options like pillowtop or memory foam.
And because Murphy beds are the same size as custom beds, you can fit them out with your favorite high-thread count sheets, just to create an extra layer of decadent comfort for your guests.
4. Murphy beds are available in a wide variety of designs to suit almost any home.
What type of home have you created? Whether it’s a rustic ranch or a magnificent work of modern art, you can find a Murphy bed style that will fit seamlessly into your interior design plans.
Murphy beds can be designed in a variety of styles and with finishes that range from bright and glossy whites to deep woods to bold fashion colors. Finding the right option, one that fits in with a sophisticated home design, can take some trial and error. That’s why More Space Place Austin offers professional design services to help you through each step of the decision-making process and to ensure you end up with a room that perfectly suits your home’s style and needs.
If you’re moving into a new home, or if you’re looking to upgrade your sleep options in your current one, a Murphy bed just might be the right option to ensure you’re making room for guests without sacrificing the sophistication and luxury you’ve come to value. Start making plans to make space for yourself – visit us to see the many Murphy bed options (as well as custom closets and other must-have home solutions!) available in our showroom.