Sleep is everything.
Getting the right amount of sleep each night can help you stay healthy while also boosting your mood. However, it needs to be quality sleep, which means you’ll need a bed that’s up for the task. Instead of buying a big traditional mattress, you can modernize things with a Murphy wall bed.
The Murphy Bed is a clever invention that can save space and make your home more comfortable. It’s also relatively easy to install, as long as you know what you’re doing.
What’s the right way to install a murphy bed? Read on to find out!
Start Measuring Your Room for a Wall Bed
Step 1: Take some measurements. You want to make sure that your bed will fit in the space you’re giving it, so it’s wise to measure twice.
As you get your measurements, you’ll also be able to brainstorm where things will go. For instance, you can plan for where things like pull-down mechanisms and couplings should go.
Choose the Right Style
Step 2: There are 2 types of murphy beds: hydraulic or counterbalanced. A counterbalanced bed uses weights to lower itself automatically, while a hydraulic bed has its mechanism hidden inside the wall.
If you don’t have too many personal belongings, then either type will work well for you. However, if you run a business from home, you might need the counterweighted bed because it lowers the risk of breaking objects.
What extra features you’d like your murphy bed to have? For example, some people will want an integrated nightstand with their wall beds to store their phones as they sleep. Other people might choose drawers instead so they can keep everything tucked away.
No matter what features you pick, make sure there’s room for them in the wall!
Create a Flat Surface
Step 3: Ready to start putting up the bed? Awesome! The first thing you’ll need to do is install a sturdy wooden frame. After all, every good mattress needs a solid surface to rest upon.
However, keep in mind that your walls might not be flat enough for this step– Murphy beds tend to rock if they aren’t perfectly level. You can solve this problem with shims or drywall anchors (which stick into the wall).
Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your bed, as they might have different guidelines.
Find Studs in the Wall
Step 4: After you have your frame set up, the next step is to affix it to the wall. Many murphy beds can be attached directly into studs to support around 500 pounds.
If you’re worried about anchors being effective, don’t worry! Murphy bed manufacturers have anticipated this problem, and they’ve already used studs when designing the bed’s hardware.
This means that all you need to do is find those studs and screw things together nicely and tight. You’ll probably want a professional-grade electric drill for this part, so it goes by quickly and easily. You can ask an employee at your local hardware store for recommendations if needed.
Set Up Your Angle Brackets
Step 5: Now, it’s time to set up your angle brackets.
When you install a Murphy bed, some models will ask that you set the bed up first. Others will ask that you attach your frame to the wall. Make sure to look at the instructions before taking any action.
If your model asks you to set it up first, you’ll probably need to use some angle brackets to support it. These pieces are easy enough for an electric drill– make sure they’re secure!
Attach Your Bed Frame
Step 6: If your Murphy bed came with its hardware, then this step is super simple. All that’s left is placing your bed frame over the angle brackets and dropping them into place.
At this point, your murphy bed should be hanging over the edge of your wall. If it’s not, then make sure to recheck the angle bracket and re-measure it a second time if there was a mistake in where you put it.
If all else fails, hold tight! Murphy bed manufacturers have excellent customer service that will help you through your problems– give them a call or send them an email if needed.
Install a Murphy Bed on the Floor
Did you get a floor model instead of the wall bed? When you need to mount your Murphy bed to the Floor, your job will be much more complicated than it would have been if you’d put it on the wall.
Before you begin, make sure you’ve got a clear path out of the room for when your installation needs to be fixed or taken down. You’ll also need to keep an eye out for carpeting because floor-mounted murphy beds might damage it.
Floor mounts are very convenient for Murphy beds because they don’t take up any wall space when they aren’t being used. However, you’ll need to make sure that your home’s blueprints include instructions on setting this type of bed up properly before you begin the installation process.
Keep in mind that it might be necessary to drill into your floor if there are no studs in a place where you want your bed installed. Before setting up anything else, ensure that everything is clean and swept in these areas– dirt can cause damage or error in the installation process if left alone.
What Mattress Should You Use?
Can you put any mattress on your Murphy bed frame? Yes!
However, consider the thickness of your mattress choice. If the mattress is too thick, the wall bed won’t be able to fold out.
The counterbalance weights that open the bed are attached directly to these springs—they can’t lift if additional weight isn’t put on them. That’s why the best mattress choice for your wall-mounted Murphy bed might be a thin innerspring mattress rather than a thick memory foam one.
Flat vs. Fold Out Mattress
Another factor you’ll need to consider is whether or not you’ll want a “flat” or “fold-down” mattress in place on your frame when it’s not working as a bed. Fold-down mattresses tend to be cheaper and are more common, but they’re less comfortable than their flat cousins.
Mastering Your Murphy Bed Installation
You’ve got this! As long as you follow the steps in this article, you can install a Murphy bed on your own.
Whatever you do, don’t rush the installation process. It’s essential that you set up this type of bed correctly– otherwise, it might come crashing down!
Start getting things measured today and look for a clear path if you’re mounting the bed to the floor. Double-check your measurements, and then get to work!
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