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Murphy Bed vs Sofa Bed

A head-to-head showdown of two of the heavyweights in space-saving sleep solutions.

By Caden

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When it comes to optimizing space in our homes, two popular options come to mind: Murphy beds and sofa beds. Both serve the dual purpose of providing a comfortable place to rest while also saving valuable floor space. However, a closer look reveals that Murphy beds have a distinct advantage, offering superior comfort and an efficient use of space when not in use.


One of the key considerations when choosing a bed that doubles as a seating solution is comfort. Sofa beds often come with a compromise – the mattress tends to be thinner and less supportive compared to traditional mattresses. The primary design of sofa beds is to serve as a seating option first and a bed second, leading to a compromise in sleeping comfort. Have you ever seen the classic Seinfeld episode where Elaine sleeps on the sofa bed? If you’ve ever slept on a sofa bed you can certainly attest that the writers of that show did not stretch the truth.

On the other hand, Murphy beds are designed exclusively for sleeping comfort. These beds typically feature regular mattresses that can match the comfort level of a regular bed. The absence of a sofa component allows Murphy beds to prioritize the quality of sleep, making them a superior choice for those seeking a restful night’s sleep without compromise. For example, our Murphy bed mattresses are master bedroom caliber mattresses that are specially designed for use within a Murphy bed.

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Space Efficiency:

One of the most significant advantages of Murphy beds is their ability to maximize floor space. When not in use, Murphy beds can be folded neatly into a wall-mounted cabinet or closet, freeing up valuable floor space for other activities. This is particularly beneficial in smaller living spaces or rooms where space is at a premium.

Sofa beds, on the other hand, can take up a significant amount of floor space even when in the closed sofa position. The dual-purpose nature of sofa beds means they may not be as effective in optimizing space, especially in smaller rooms or apartments where every square foot matters.


In terms of aesthetics, both Murphy beds and sofa beds can be designed to complement various interior styles. However, some may argue that Murphy beds offer a cleaner and more streamlined appearance, especially when integrated into a custom cabinetry system. The ability to conceal the bed when not in use contributes to a more visually appealing and clutter-free environment.

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Sofa Murphy Bed: Have your cake and eat it, too.

So, what if you want a comfortable seating area and a comfortable bed? Do you have to compromise? No! Our Sofa Murphy Beds allow you to have a comfortable place to sit while still allowing the use of a real mattress. These beds are the perfect solution for a room that doubles as a sitting area and a guest bedroom. Sofa? Check. Comfortable mattress? Check. Uncomfortable bar down your back? No.

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While both Murphy beds and sofa beds serve the dual purpose of providing a sleeping solution and saving space, the choice ultimately depends on individual priorities. If sleep comfort and efficient space utilization are top priorities, Murphy beds emerge as the clear winner. Their ability to offer a comfortable mattress and completely fold away when not needed makes them an excellent investment for those seeking the best of both worlds. Say goodbye to compromise and hello to a well-rested and beautifully organized living space with Murphy beds.

Caden Wilding, author at Wilding wallbeds

Caden Wilding

Director of Digital Marketing

Caden is our in-house guru on all things digital marketing. But, before he was building advertising campaigns he was building Murphy beds and TV Lift Furniture. Woodworking is in Caden’s blood…