The different types of Murphy beds

During the last 10-20 years a lot of new Murphy bed systems has involved on the American market. Some systems are direct variations on the original Murphy beds while others are totally different in the design.
first-murphy bed

The original “bed in a closet” design.

One of the more original new designs includes the desk, which you can work with during daytime, and foldaway when the bed flips down.

den-der

This solution is incredible because not only will it let you hideaway the bed, but it would also work as a desk, which you can fold away when the bed appears at night.

Another clever design is the bed and sofa and one solution.

When you turn the bed a sofa appears that you can use during the daytime. It’s perfect for the teenager’s room or the kids room or even in the living room.

murphy-bed-with-sofa

These great solutions are quite costly but when you think about the added value you get the the extra room in your house – it all really comes back to you again very quickly and that a one-time investment.

Within a year of two you will have your money back and then year after year you can enjoy your new bed, and you can save money. Plus you get a lot of other functions into the room.

If you are looking for a great overview of all the different bed systems, you could look at this pace, and check out all the different solutions.

You can also find a DIY plan, and info graphics among other things:

murphy-bed-plan

Here you will also find a list of Murphy bed stores sorted and grouped into states and cities, which can be really helpful when you’re looking for a local store in your neighborhood.

You might also enjoy the historic overview of the involvement of the Murphy bed from the first idea and patent in the US, to all the other solutions that followed that original patent.

Ikea Murphy bed – Cheap wall bed solutions

Disclaimer: Ikea doesn’t sell Murphy beds. For cheap Murphy beds, we recommend these (online) stores:

StorePrice rangeMurphy bedsSee them
Home Square$1289 - $3629185
Wayfair$1464 - $256919
Expand Furniture$1195 - $999525

How to make your own Ikea Murphy Bed

To make an Ikea Murphy bed, you need three things:
1) Light-weight mattress ($79 at Ikea)
2) Murphy frame hardware ($329 at Ebay)
3) Plywood base.

Here’s what the finished bed will look like:
ikea-wall-bed

If you want an ready-to-use Murphy bed

If you’re not the DIY type, here are some cheap models, that are ready to ship:

standard-murphy-bed
This one is only $841 with shipping (scroll to the bottom)

It’s a nice classic white design, that will work in most settings. Very minimalistic and clean design. You will also find it in a darker version and natural maple finish:
two-other-colors

This next bed is also very affordable, and ready to install in your room upon delivery. It will hold a 6-11” mattress, and it comes with a 10 years warranty.

It’s also a simple model, that doesn’t take up more space than it should. It’s piston operated, and you can choose to paint it if you want it to match the walls or ceiling.

cheap-wall-bed

It costs $1,149.95 here (also including shipping).

If you are ready to spend a little extra, this next model could be a good match. It will also hold an 11´´mattress, and you can choose from birch, cherry, mahogany, natural or pine wood finish.

It looks like the one above, but it’s better quality.

It’s manufactured in the United States, and also has 100 years warranty!

nice-murphy-bed-3

You can find it here for 2,099,- (including shipping)

We hope you have been inspired to move on with your Murphy bed project, and whether you choose to build your own from the Ikea mattress on the top of the post, or you choose to go with one of the ready-made options, we are sure will enjoy getting the extra space.

These bed systems has had a strong come-back during the last couple of years. More and more people move into the cities, and as apartments get smaller and smaller, the need for that extra space is increasing.

Build a Murphy bed with Ikea mattress or extra storage:

Ikea has been in front, when it comes to optimizing small spaces, but you won’t find Murphy beds at Ikea, so instead it can be a good idea to do a little DIY project.

We have built our own Murphy bed, which is a little more advanced than the ones above, as we have built in extra storage behind the bed, to utilize the space better.

We wanted closets, that were deeper than a standard bed, so we decided to make the bed system deeper too.

It has been a fun project, and we are very happy with how it all turned out. Here you can see the result:

apartment

The way we hold the bed on the picture makes it look heavy, but it is light and the pistons makes it very easy to lift.

You can read more about this bed here.

We spend 3-4 days building it after careful planning, and if you are interested in building one like it you can get the DIY plans here.

Scandinavian (Swedish) Design inspired by the Ikea trends

If you are into Scandinavian design like the Swedish influenced Ikea designs, you should check out this wall bed system, that has a dining table attached to the front.

It’s very well designed, and the finish of the furniture is just over the top. It’s made to fit well with the typical white lines of Swedish designs, and it will look good in most clean and minimalistic homes.

This bed system however is not from Ikea, it is made by the Italian design company called Clei. They specialize in high-end design for the modern home, and with a strong focus on space saving furniture. Which is why the wall bed series is very famous.

It’s a family company just like Ikea, and it is still run by the family who founded it many years ago.

If you happen to go to Scandinavia, and stumble upon an Ikea store, you might be surprised to find, that the prices are actually a bit lower. The reason is that in Scandinavia you find plenty of minimalistic designs with strong lines, and the Ikea concept is branded as lower middle-class furniture.

This is a classic example of the Ikea design with white finish and a minimalistic feel:

ikea-bed

Foto courtesy: Ikea.com

Today it is a worldwide company, and many Americans believe that Ikea is actually an American brand and that it is owned by Americans, but the truth is that it is Swedish and founded by Ingvar Kamprad. You will also recognize, that many of the brand names on the packaging are Swedish names like:

  • SPARSAM: means “economical or sparely”
  • DAGSTORP: An old Viking memorial
  • KNUTSTORP: A castle in South Sweden

Read more

List of Florida Murphy bed stores

See list of all Murphy bed stores in U.S.

6 coolest Murphy beds (outside the box)

We have tried to find some of the most alternative solutions for installing a Murphy beds.

Some people go to great lengths to hide the bed in a funny and creative way.

The first design is a Castle Murphy bed – a fun idea for the kids room.

The bed is hidden in the design, and you might not even realize that this decoration double functions as a bed. We love the creativity that has gone into this design – even the locking mechanism on the front looks really cool!

Castle Murphy bed for the kids

castle-cool-murphy-bed

There’s also a version for the girls, with a more pink / princess feel to it:

castle-murphy-bed-girls

Wouldn’t you love to go to bed, if you were a kid and you could sleep in a bed that seems to be taken right out of fairytale-land?

The next one is for the little astronaut, who wants to take off into space every night. It’s designed to look like a spaceship.

When the bed is down there are some cool lighting inside the bed frame. It looks cool when the light is turned on at the small “towers” on the side of the construction.

space-ship-murphy-bed

These cool Murphy bed designs for kids are from Etsy.

There are also funny ways to hide your bed, even if you’re not a kid anymore. This next bed is hidden inside an old piano frame.

From the outside this bed looks like an antique piano, but when you open it up you get surprised!

Piano Murphy bed

piano-murphy-bed

If you like old designs and the antique feel, this could a fun project!

The next bed is totally hidden. If you don’t know it’s there, you could never guess that this desk can flip 180 degrees to reveal a bed.

Very clever design, that fits well in every small studio apartment, and anywhere else you need that extra space.

flip-murphy-bed

The last one is for the man’s best friend. Why shouldn’t dogs sleep in style too? Here’s a solution for Fido:

murphy-bed-dog

If you have other good ideas or if you have come by a great design, feel free to drop us a comment 🙂

See all Murphy bed stores in Utah here.

Modern Murphy Bed (affordable designs)

We have gathered some of the modern Murphy beds on the market today, to give an overview of the variety and diversity of the design.

We have focused on the more affordable beds on the market, as the high end Murphy beds often are not affordable for people living in small apartments.

Most of these beds are plain and simple designs, and if you want to add another function, it is pretty easy to attach a table or a desk to the front to make it work double duty.

Three modern Murphy beds designs you can actually afford

The first model is a beautiful dark design, that will look great in all modern homes. It comes with or without the shelving units on the sides.

modern murphy bed

modern murphy bed

You can find the bed here at $1,272 with free shipping.

This is another great design:

wall bed modern design

wall bed modern design

This bed can be found on this shop (also free shipping)

High end Murphy bed designs from Italian designers

There are other designs on the market (mainly Italian), but they are pretty expensive, and therefore not relevant to most people. But this is a design we would like to include here. Stylish and beautiful.

clei-bed

You can see more about it here.

A little background on the contemporary Murphy bed

The Murphy bed is actually a rather old invention. It was first introduced by a guy named Murphy, who want to invite a girl to his apartment, and at the time it wasn’t appropriate for a you guy, to invite a girl into his bedroom. So he got an idea. Why not build a bed, that can fold into the closet during the day? And out of this idea the original Murphy bed was built.

The Murphy bed as we know it today has been redesigned over and over again, and today it has a much more modern and timely design. Old Mr. Murphy created a company with Murphy beds, that would fold into a closet-like piece of furniture.

The more modern bed systems we have today are more advanced. The design is more sleek and often comes with white panels and nice features like bed lamps and night fold out night tables.

What the future of Murphy beds?

The Murphy beds has had a huge comeback during the last decade. The change in the economy has changed the financial situation for many families across the world, and more and more people choose to live in smaller apartments and smaller houses.

See a list of Murphy bed stores for each state here.

This has resulted in a price drop on Murphy beds, and when sales go up, you also see new players enter the market. A lot os innovation and creativity has gone into designing better and more sophisticated beds ,with new features like sofas in front, foldable writing desks etc.

For the modern couple living in small city apartments, these beds are increasing in popularity, and we think the prices will go down further, as younger and younger families start to implement Murphy bed systems in their homes.

The beds must match the other furniture in the room, and for a timely and well designed living room, a nice white Murphy bed – with a table on the front – can be a brilliant solution. We think these multi function Murphy beds will start popping up in regular furniture shops (at least in the bigger cities), and here endless possibilities for young designers, to enter the market with nice modern designs.

Horizontal wall bed

We have found this horizontal Murphy beds online, a great solution with a desk in front, that pops out when the bed is in upright position.

It’s the perfect solution for a kids room, where you want to be able to do homework and play during the day, and have easy access to the bed at night.

It can also work well in the home office, as you have a full size writing desk, where you can place your laptop and books.

Horizontal wall bed with desk

Check this and 20 other Murphy beds here from $1,167 (free shipping)

Notice how everything stays in place on the table, when the bed is folded down. No need to remove anything – super easy!

This Wall bed is a traditional Vertical version

Vertical Murphy bed

Vertical Murphy bed

You can find it + 6 other great wall beds from $995 (free shipping)

If you are thinking about whether to choose a horizontal or vertical wall bed; you should consider how it will be used. A horizontal bed can be a good solution for old people, because you don’t have to reach as far up.

Sideways wall beds can fit everywhere

In case you are looking for beds for a hotel or other places with little space, you might be considering various kinds of options like a wall bed, that will flip up sideways.

The most important factor is often the budget, and with the present global economic recession a lot of us struggle to be able to get a nice place to stay. With a wall bed you can get that extra room.

Thinking of choosing a sideways mounted Wall bed?

A Wall bed is a built-in solution, that can hide your bed inside an enclosed cabinet. These beds are available in all sizes from twin, full, and queen size, and we can recommend mounting it horizontally, as it will take up less space on the wall, and be a beautiful solution.

See all Murphy bed stores in Hawaii here.

Wall beds can be opened vertically from head to foot or side-to-side. You just lower the front panel, and the legs can flip into place. You need to know that its cabinet must be anchored to the wall firmly, so the bed wont fall on you (or the kids).

The moment you open it, the pillows and the mattress are unstrapped, and you can instantly get set for sound sleep.

Benefits of choosing a horizontal Wall bed

With a small space you can still enjoy the full pleasure of living comfortably, all the joy anyone can enjoy in a small apartment with a wall bed.

It brings a beautiful artistic design to your home with a simple cabinet design, and it has known to be the choice of children, in homes where they are being used. The kids playing room will always look lively, just flip the bed to horizontal position, and the room is ready for play.

It is cost effective in the longer run; and you tend to enjoy value for your money when you purchase a Wall bed.

Wall beds has been designed and tested, and you just need to make sure they are secured to the wall.

Full size Murphy bed


Most Murphy beds are full size beds, meaning that you don’t have to compromise on comfort and space, in order to get a fully functional wall bed installed in your apartment.

We have found a couple of beds with neat designs, and we have tried to list the price and link to the shop where possible.

Most fold up beds are available in full size, and if you are looking for other designs, you can click around on the site, and you will find lots of different models and designs for inspiration.

This design is one of the cheaper full size beds

Here’s a basic Murphy bed with a wooden frame and a nice and modern closet-like front.

Full size murphy bed

Full size Murphy bed

Available here for $1,247 incl. shipping

Murphy Beds provide a simple, yet effective solution to the ever-present problem of making the bed. Imagine your children getting up in the morning, and simply folding their bed up against the wall. Voila! Instant order. A full size Murphy bed will help you get the job done.

Add to that the fact that many Murphy Beds also function as other pieces of furniture, and with one simply lift of the bed, there is a desk, or a bench or a bookshelf in its place.

Whether or not your sheets are straight, you just strap the bed, and it only takes a few seconds – and minimal labor.

Nice and big Murphy bed:

big-size-murphy-bed

See it here + 2 other designs from $891 (incl shipping)

With a big sized Murphy bed you sleep like a baby

One of my least favorite chores as a child was making my bed. Come to think of it, even as an adult it is still one my least favorite chores.

How many times have I heard my mother complain about my bed being a mess, or worry about guests coming into her room, because she hadn’t had a chance to make the bed?

No doubt about it, order and neatness affect everything from a guest’s first impression to our ability to work efficiently in a given environment. Clutter creates chaos.

Getting lazy are we?

Now, I know that sounds lazy right? Admittedly it is a little lazy, but I still like the idea. Time is at at stake, and the quicker I can make the bed, the better.

Even the largest Murphy Beds usually pivot easily with the help of pistons, so minimal strength is required to lift the bed or fold it down at night.

No more fighting with your kids or nagging them to “make their bed.” Instead, all they need to do is lift the bed up in the morning, and the job is finished. Imagine also how easy it would be to clean under a bed that folds into the wall?

Murphy bed stores in Colorado

Have you looked under your bed lately? How about your children’s beds? Now you can quickly sweep or vacuum where the bed was, and you are done.

Queen size Murphy beds for the win

I think it is worth considering the benefits of a folding bed, especially if you don’t like making the bed every morning.

Modern Murphy beds

We have gathered some of the modern Murphy beds on the market today, to give an overview of the variety and diversity of the design.

We have focused on the more affordable beds on the market, as the high end Murphy beds more often than not aren’t affordable for people living in small apartments.

See the cheapest Modern Murphy beds here.

Most of these beds are plain and simple designs, and if you want to add another function, it is pretty easy to attach a table or a desk to the front to make it work double duty.

Modern Murphy bed designs you can actually afford

The first model is very classic:

White Murphy bed

White Murphy bed

You can find the bed here at $891 with free shipping

Another fashionable design

This bed is a classic white design, but you can also get it in darker colors as well.

Modern Murphy bed

Modern Murphy bed

This bed is a bit more expensive:
Get it here for $1,857 (with free shipping)

High end Murphy bed designs from Italian designers

There are other designs on the market (mainly Italian), but they are pretty expensive, and therefore not relevant to most people. But this specific design we would like to include here, as it very stylish and beautiful.

Fashionable wall bed

Fashionable wall bed

This bed can be found at on this Italian site.

A little background on the contemporary Murphy bed

The Murphy bed is actually a rather old invention. It was first introduced by a guy named Murphy, who want to invite a girl to his apartment, and at the time it wasn’t appropriate for a you guy, to invite a girl into his bedroom.

So he got an idea. Why not build a bed, that can fold into the closet during the day? And out of this idea the original Murphy bed was built.

The Murphy bed as we know it today has been redesigned over and over again, and today it has a much more modern and timely design. Old Mr. Murphy created a company with Murphy beds, that would fold into a closet-like piece of furniture.

The more modern bed systems we have today are more advanced. The design is more sleek and often comes with white panels and nice features like bed lamps and night fold out night tables.

What the future of Murphy beds?

The Murphy beds has had a huge comeback during the last decade. The change in the economy has changed the financial situation for many families across the world, and more and more people choose to live in smaller apartments and smaller houses.

This has resulted in a price drop on Murphy beds, and when sales go up, you also see new players enter the market.

Murphy bed stores in California (updated 2015)

A lot of innovation and creativity has gone into designing better and more sophisticated beds ,with new features like sofas in front, foldable writing desks etc.

For the modern couple living in small city apartments, these beds are increasing in popularity, and we think the prices will go down further, as younger and younger families start to implement Murphy bed systems in their homes.

The beds must match the other furniture in the room, and for a timely and well designed living room, a nice white Murphy bed – with a table on the front – can be a brilliant solution. We think these multi function Murphy beds will start popping up in regular furniture shops (at least in the bigger cities), and here endless possibilities for young designers, to enter the market with nice modern designs.

Are Murphy Beds Comfortable?

We often get asked if Murphy beds really are comfortable, so we decided to shoot a video about it. We have been sleeping in a Murphy bed for half a year now, and we have seen lots and lots of different designs and models.

People often wonder about how good the mattress is, and whether or not you can install a spring mattress in a Murphy bed. Maria is answering all these kind of questions, and you can see exactly how this Murphy bed is constructed, and learn about mattresses for Murphy beds and comfort.

Click below and get the answers.

Ever since building our Murphy bed people have asked me: Are Murphy beds comfortable? and my answer is Yes they are – very comfortable. WE actually used the same mattresses from our old bed, and we just cut of a little bit of in the width, because we wanted this bed to be a little narrower.

We used a 4” hard-foam mattress, you can see it here in the bed frame. We cut of a little bit of the foam of one mattress to make it fit.

I think a lot of Murphy beds have space enough to put in a standard spring mattress. I chose to use the space in here for storage instead of a higher mattress, but you can absolutely do it, if you want a spring bed.

It’s no problem at all, you just loose a little storage space. For me it is just as comfortable.

On top of that I tried to do the design in a way that I would really love it. Sometimes I feel like I am in a fancy hotel, because I have my polstered head board, my small bed lamps etc. so I feel very comfortable.

Even more comfortable than before. If you are worried about it just give the design a little extra touch, and you’ll be good to go.

In the beginning one thing did bother me a little. I was scared that the weight from the pistons would pull down the frame of the bed – that it would collapse on me and put me in a bed sandwich.

But it has not been a problem, as it is mounted really well into the wall, so it’s completely stuck and not going anywhere. My fears have evaporated, and now it’s just perfect, so Yes, Murphy beds are comfortable.

High end murphy beds

We have tried to gather some of the more well-designed high end Murphy beds, to inspire you before you choose a design for your Murphy bed. Some are available in the U.S, while others are from Europe, Asia etc.

We have tried to put in links to the models that are available for shipping in U.S.

Elegant dark Murphy bed

This Murphy bed can be found over at this shop. It’s made in espresso finish, and the wood is recycled and comes with 5 years warranty. It can fit mattresses up to 11” thick for a good nights sleep. The dark wood gives it a high end look, that fits well in all modern apartments.

high-end-murphy-bed

High End Murphy Bed

$ 1,272 with free shipping in the U.S.
There is also a white version which is a little cheaper: $ 891 incl. shipping.

The white model is made of cheaper materials, but it looks great in white, and for a more minimalistic environment, this can be a very stylish choice.

White Murphy bed

White Murphy bed

See the bed here with free shipping ($891)

The next model is a queen size bed, and can also fit mattresses up to 11” thick. This bed does not have the standard legs, instead it has a solid wood-board for ground support.

high-end-murphy-bed

This bed is a bit more expensive: $1,877 (with free shipping).

Designs from Italy

This next bed system is made by Clei.it (Italian website), and we have found it on the European market for approx. $6,000 (!), so this is a very expensive and extremely high end Murphy bed – and it doesn’t say whether the price includes shipping.

Find all Murphy bed stores in America here.

clei

It is cleverly designed, and when the bed is in upright position you have a dining table popping up, which will seat up to 5 adults with plenty of space.

New market for high end Murphy beds

Murphy beds used to be hidden away in basements, offices, guest rooms etc. but today they often find their way into our living space. Instead of being used solely as guest beds, a lot of people use Murphy beds in small apartments, to be able to use the room for other purposes than sleeping.

This can save you a lot of money on rent, as you can choose to live in a smaller apartment, and those money can be invested in good high end design.

Exclusive space saving furniture is popping up here and there, and we certainly believe there is a good market in the future for exclusive and well designed bed systems!

Murphy bed stores in Arizona.

Our Murphy bed (with cabinets behind the bed)

A few years ago, we built our own Murphy Bed, because we wanted to utilize our space as well as possible.

We decided to film it, and post it on Youtube, and it turned out that people really liked it, so we decided to create an easy step-by-step plan, to help others build the same project.

You can check out the video here:

As you can see we have built in storage behind the bed. The reason is, that we live in a small apartment with only two rooms, so we don’t have much space for storage.

Next to the bed we have a closet with our clothes, and we wanted the bed to flush with the closet. The bed itself is not so deep, so we decided to put shelves behind the bed, to make it deeper and become flush with the closets.

>> CLICK HERE TO GET THE PLAN FOR THIS BED

Maria has been drawing and sketching, and finally we came up with a design for our fold away double bed. It is mounted higher on the wall, to make is just as comfortable as a normal bed.

This Murphy bed is higher than standard Murphy beds, and has storage beneath the bed. Behind the bed you find two cabinets for storage. Closets besides bed (on picture) are not part of the plan.

The plan very thoroughly walks you through each step with more than 50 drawings and detailed explanations.

The materials for this project cost us $1,170 (incl. paint), and the hardware (pistons, mounting pieces etc.) we used can be found on this page …kit #2 two from left.

Specifications and dimensions

Dimensions:
Outer frame: H: 94 – 5/16” x W: 69”
Depth: 23-5/8”
Height: 16,5”
NB: If you buy the plan, you will get it in centimeters as well.

Designed by Maria Storgaard © 2015

We spent $1,170 on materials incl. paint.

The hardware kit

We bought a hardware kit including pistons, mounting pieces and hinges. It cost $309.99, so it’s not super cheap, but it is solid quality, which is important. It is worth spending the extra dollars, on good quality that will last longer.

>>The hardware (pistons, mounting pieces etc.) can be found here

apartment

We have also made room for extra storage beneath the bed, in order to store all our stuff in this bespoke solution.

Whenever the bed is folded up, you wont notice it much, because it is flush with the closets.

murphy-bed-closed

Before we built this bed, we had a high bed with storage under it. We also built that ourselves, but today we rent our two of our four rooms, so we needed all the space we could get.

This double Murphy bed really works well, and we do fold it away almost every day – it only takes like 10 seconds!

DIY Murphy bed

Double Bed Headboard (open)

Head board (open)

Inside the bed we have a holstered headboard, that we can flip up and down. Behind it we have space for storage, and we have made it soft, so we can sit and read in the bed.

We use the storage inside the bed for stuff we rarely need – like winter clothing, Christmas ornaments, childhood memories and other good stuff.

Time frame for the project

It took us 3 days to do it (2 persons), but we didn’t work more than 4-5 hours pr day.

We have spent around $ 1,000 on materials, and when you think about the investment, it really makes a lot of sense to build a bed like this, especially when you need a 2-person bed that would otherwise take up lots of space.

This way you save a lot of space AND money – as you can live more comfortably in a smaller apartment.

>> CLICK HERE TO GET THE PLAN FOR THIS BED