A Murphy bed, also known as a wall bed or hinged bed, is a mattress that is hinged in one end to store vertically along the wall, or in a closet or other storage area. It has either a mattress top or a box spring. The frame of such a bed is often made from wood, metal, or a combination of two or more materials. A common use of a Murphy bed is to create a sleeping area for small children or elderly people. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission considers it to be an efficient sleeping aid, and it reduces the risk of suffocation or entangling due to loose bedding.
Since many Murphy beds are hinged in one end, the headboard can slide out over the footboard, if desired. If not desired, the headboard can be hinged in the middle of the bed and the entire mattress can then be locked in place. This bed is considered safer than traditional beds, since a child could lock themselves in a corner if they were able to get out of the bed. Because of its small size, a Murphy bed can still provide the same amount of comfort as a traditional bed. Some Murphy beds have additional features such as built-in wardrobes, toy compartments, cupboards, and/or shelves.
There are a number of different styles of Murphy beds, each with its own unique style and design. Some Murphy beds even have slides and/or hand rails to help with getting in and out of bed. A Murphy bed is sometimes known as a sleepover bed or sleepy bed because of its wide variety of uses. One example of a Murphy bed with a built-in wardrobe is the "Kleenex" Murphy bed by American Specialty Products.
Murphy beds, just like traditional bed frames and box springs, feature a steel frame with a wood or plastic cover that contains springs. The spring mechanism allows the bed to quickly and easily flip over from vertical to horizontal. Some Murphy beds have a built-in safety rail to help prevent injury in case of an accident.
Murphy beds are designed to look like traditional bed frames, just like old-school picture frames. If you prefer a more modern look, some manufacturers offer wood veneers to simulate the look of hardwood. However, even a wooden frame can be modernized with the addition of a spring mechanism, lighting and storage drawers.
Many consumers choose to purchase a Murphy bed with desk online, because online retailers typically offer a better price than regular brick-and-mortar retailers. However, some people still believe that purchasing a Murphy bed in a brick-and-mortar store provides the same quality and functionality. To answer the question above, it all really depends on the style of bed and the functionality it is intended for.
Although there are certainly advantages to both types of beds, the real question is whether or not you can make the switch and spend less money, for the comfort of a high-end Murphy bed.
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