Are Murphy Beds Safe?
In a word: YES.
According to Jody Rosen, contributing writer for The New York Times, statistically speaking you are probably as likely to die by tripping over an ottoman than be killed by a Murphy Bed. However, it is still necessary to use common sense and to follow essential safety precautions when setting-up and using a Murphy Bed, also known as a wall bed or wallbed. Wilding wallbeds are safe when installed properly. Each wallbed model comes with an Installation Instruction booklet detailing step-by-step procedures for safe installation, and the first page contains the following warning:
WARNING! ALL MURPHY/WALLBED SYSTEMS CONTAIN POWERFUL LIFTING COMPONENTS. FAILURE TO USE AND FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS DURING THE INSTALLATION PROCESS COULD RESULT IN SEVERE PERSONAL INJURY TO USER OR DAMAGE TO PRODUCT. PLEASE CONTACT CUSTOMER SERVICE AT 866-725-6401 FOR ANY QUESTIONS.
So exactly what does safe mean? According to Miriam-Webster, being safe is being free from harm or risk. But in today’s complex world it’s actually pretty difficult to name anything we do on a given day that is totally free from harm or risk. For example, many people have a fear of flying and consider it to be extremely risky. But according to a 2016 article in ODYSSEY here are some things more likely to happen to you than dying in a plane crash:
Getting Poisoned - 1 in 1,400
Getting Murdered - 1 in 18,000
Dying in a Tornado - 1 in 60,000
Dying from a Bee Sting - 1 in 79,842
Drowning in your Bathtub - 1 in 840,000
So, when considering whether or not something is safe, we should also ask: Compared to what? According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the home is a particularly dangerous place, especially for children. CPSC lists several safety recommendations to protect children at home. These include:
Using Anchors to Prevent Furniture and Appliance Tip-Overs. Heavy furniture, televisions, and ranges can tip over and crush young children. For added security, these heavy products should be anchored to a wall or attached to the floor.
Using Safety Latches and Locks for cabinets and drawers in bathrooms, kitchens, and other potentially dangerous areas to help prevent poisoning and other injuries.
Using Safety Gates to help prevent falls down stairways and to keep children from going into rooms and other areas with possible dangers.
Using Anti-Scald Devices for sink faucets and showerheads and setting the temperature on the water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to help prevent burns from hot water.
Using Window Guards and Safety Netting to help prevent falls from windows, decks, balconies, and other elevated areas.
Using Outlet Covers and Outlet Plates to help prevent electric shock or electrocution.
Using Cordless Window Coverings in order to eliminate the potential for strangulation.
Is there any chance my Wilding wallbed can accidentally close when someone is using it?
Wilding Wallbeds has been building and shipping Murphy Beds for more than two decades. Over that time, the company has built and delivered more than 25,000 units. When properly installed, there is no chance of a Wilding wallbed accidentally closing during normal use. As far as accidentally opening, this is also not possible when properly installed. The force of the pistons or springs, depending on the wallbed model, holds the wallbed in the closed position. The piston lift beds come with locking legs and locks can be added to the spring lift beds.
Can my Wilding wallbed fall on someone if there is an earthquake?
When properly attached to wall studs, Wilding wallbeds will not accidentally fall. Not a single Wilding wallbed has ever become detached from the wall or fallen on someone due to an earthquake. Injuries are extremely rare and are always directly related to not following basic setup instructions or improperly attaching a unit to the wall.
Does Wilding Wallbeds Offer Installation Service?
Wilding Wallbeds offers delivery and complete local installation service, including built-in installations, in Southern Utah, Las Vegas, and throughout most of Southern California. In all other areas, customers can choose to do the setup themselves or can hire a local handyman. Any handyman worth his salt can easily install a Wilding wallbed.
Can my Wilding wallbed be moved if we move to another house?
Yes. Wilding wallbeds are portable. If you need to move your Wilding wallbed to another room or house after you buy it, it is simple to do so. All Wilding wallbeds can easily be detached from the wall, disassembled, and moved to another location.
Can I setup the bed myself? How difficult is it?
Most Wilding customers either do the installation themselves or hire a local handyman to do the installation. Every Wilding model comes with detailed written and/or video instructions. In addition, customers needing telephone assistance with their setup can call Wilding Wallbeds for help during normal business hours. There are just a few basic tools needed to complete the installation: a cordless screwdriver, pliers, a tape measure, a 3/16” wood drill bit, a stud sensor, a regular screwdriver, a Phillips screwdriver, and a 6’ step ladder. All of the hardware required for the installation is included with each model. Wallbeds can be installed on virtually any wall that has studs – either wood studs or metal studs – and can even be installed on concrete and cinder block walls. But it is essential that the proper anchor system be used for the type of wall. This is to make certain that the Murphy Bed is securely attached to the wall. The following link is to a short segment from one of Wilding Wallbeds installation videos that shows the basic procedures for attaching the unit to a wall that has wood studs:
There are Other Murphy Bed Companies. Why Should I Buy a Wilding Murphy Bed?
There are multiple obvious reasons to purchase a Wilding wallbed, including lifetime warranty; unsurpassed quality; real wood; availability of both horizontal and vertical orientation of beds; a broad selection of styles; and availability of a variety of side cabinets and bedtop cabinets.
Wilding Murphy Beds take up as little as 16” of depth into the room when the bed is in the “up” position. They are available in twin size, full size, queen size or king size and are safe, easy-to-operate and extremely beautiful pieces of furniture. There are also many options for style – traditional, elegant, and contemporary, etc. – and a choice of several types of hardwood and color. Sheets and other bedding can be left in place when storing the bed away, so the bed is ready to use whenever needed, adding to the convenience. Side cabinets, including wardrobes that function as mini-closets, are also available.
In addition to its extensive Murphy Bed product line, made-for-Murphy Beds Serta mattresses, all-wood side and bedtop cabinets, home offices, Do-It-Yourself kits and easy-to-install Murphy Frames, Wilding Wallbeds offers several specialized space-saving solutions, including:
- Disappearing Desk Bed
The Disappearing Desk Bed allows a small room or area to be turned into both a bedroom and home office simultaneously. The Disappearing Desk Bed by Wilding Wallbeds can be purchased in twin, full or queen size. It is a beautiful and exceptionally useful piece of furniture and is a fantastic, cost-effective solution to the problem of limited floor space. The ingenious design uses a hinging system that keeps the desk level to the floor as the mattress is opened or closed. The desktop sets at 31" from the floor and is a roomy 25" deep. There is no need to clear the spacious desktop of anything less than 17” high in order to convert it from a desk into a bed. To ensure safety, the Disappearing Desk Bed is secured in the upright position by use of locking pin hardware on both left and right sides.
- Sofa Murphy Bed
Purchasing a beautiful and functional Sofa Murphy Bed by Wilding Wallbeds is another resourceful way to optimize limited floor space. The Sofa Murphy Bed is an exceptionally comfortable couch during the day and a cozy king or queen size bed at night. The Sofa Murphy Bed in effect creates extra space in the room by enabling the use of the unit as a bed without eliminating seating space when the bed is not needed. The unit lowers down over the sofa and, presto chango, turns the sofa into a cozy and comfortable queen or king size bed.
- Bookcase Wallbed
Purchasing a Wilding Wallbeds Bookcase Wallbed is another resourceful way to create additional floor space. Bookcase Murphy Beds provide the convenience of a Murphy Bed and the storage of an integral bookcase in a single unit. Pull latches lock the bookcase shelving in place when the bed is in the “up” position.
- Bunk Bed Wallbed
Wilding Bunk Beds are also a great space-saving solution. The Bunk Bed comes standard as twin-over-twin, but is also available in twin extra long for taller guests. Not just for kids, Wilding Bunk Bed systems can accommodate adults in comfort while freeing up valuable space during the day. Bunk Beds are only 17" deep when in the “up” position. Like all Wilding products, real wood bunk bed frames are sturdily built and will last a lifetime.
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