The Total Murphy Bed Buying Guide:
Intro: Total Murphy Bed Buying Guide
Chapter 02. Types: What are the Different Types of Murphy Beds?
Murphy beds and wall beds are becoming more and more popular among homeowners as they provide an excellent solution for saving space and adding functionality to any room. Just think of it: a guest bedroom becomes a guest bedroom and a home office. A studio apartment triples its functionality by condensing the desk, table, and bed into one footprint. If you are thinking of investing in a Murphy bed, one of the most important factors you need to consider is the price. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how much a Murphy bed should cost and what factors can influence the price.
Murphy Beds are an Investment
Before we get started, it’s essential to note that Murphy beds are not cheap. A quality Murphy bed that will last you for years will cost you more than a traditional bed. However, the benefits of a Murphy bed make it a worthy investment, and if you are looking for a long-term solution for your space-saving needs, you will be happy to spend the extra money. Here’s a good way to think of it: you are not spending the money on the bed, you are investing money into the functionality of your home.
Factors that Influence the Cost
When it comes to Murphy bed pricing, there are many factors that can influence the cost. Here are a few things to consider:
The size of the Murphy bed will determine how much you’ll have to spend. The bigger the bed, the more expensive it will be. A twin-size Murphy bed will be less expensive than a queen or king-size Murphy bed. As queen-size Murphy beds are the most popular option, it’s important to note that many manufacturers show starting prices in terms of a queen size. Additionally, king-size Murphy beds are not available universally, many companies simply do not offer king size Murphy beds because of the size and weight required for the mechanism to lift. When you do find a king-size Murphy bed, you will find that they are considerably more expensive than a queen, sometimes being 20%-40% more.
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Type of mechanism
The mechanism is what makes the bed fold up and down, and this can affect the price of the bed. There are various types of mechanisms, including spring, piston, and manual. The least expensive mechanism option would be no mechanism at all, and some manufactures do cut cost by offering beds that require two people to manually raise and lower.
Spring and piston mechanisms are generally comparable in cost, but typically piston mechanisms are a little more expensive.
Another consideration with the mechanism is does it do anything more than raising and lowering the bed? Some Murphy beds have a built-in desk, for example, and those mechanisms will be the most costly. More on that below.
The material used to make the bed is usually the most significant factor that influences the cost. Murphy beds can be made from a variety of materials, including real wood, particle board, MDF, etc. The higher the material quality, the more expensive the bed. It is important to note, however, that the quality of the construction material is also perfectly related to the durability and longevity of the product and, therefore, the area where skimping is not recommended.
Good construction materials to look for include real wood, a high-quality furniture grade plywood, and steel or aluminum mechanism. Keep away from MDF, particle board, or any other “engineered” wood.
Murphy beds can come with additional features such as built-in storage, lighting, built-in desks or tables, and custom finishes. These features will increase the price of the bed, but they can also make the bed more functional and attractive. Ultimately, these features could make or break the functionality of your Murphy bed, so, while they could be more costly, they can sometimes be a very worthwhile investment.
Now that you know the factors that can influence the price of a Murphy bed, let’s talk about how much you should expect to spend. The cost of a Murphy bed can vary greatly depending on the size, mechanism, construction materials, and features you choose. However, on average, you can expect to spend anywhere from $1,500 to $5,000 on a Murphy bed. The high-end of that spectrum is where most real-wood Murphy beds are priced. However, if you buy factory-direct from Wilding Wallbeds and avoid retailers, you can expect to spend as little as roughly $2,600* on a real wood Murphy bed.
Finding the Right Murphy Bed for You
It’s important to remember that a higher price doesn’t always mean better quality. Sometimes, higher quality can mean you are paying a retailer instead of purchasing directly from the manufacturer. You need to ensure that you are getting a good value for your money by understanding what quality really means. A quality Murphy bed may cost more, but it will last much longer and operate much better, and will be overall worth it. A poorly made Murphy bed may be less expensive, but it won’t last as long and may not provide the best experience.
So, what should you look for when shopping for a Murphy bed? Here are some tips:
- Look for quality materials: A good Murphy bed should be made from high-quality materials that will withstand daily use. Look for beds made from real wood and sturdy metal that is durable and will last for years.
- Check the mechanism: The mechanism is what allows the bed to fold up and down, so it’s a good idea to find a mechanism that fits your needs. Avoid buying from companies that advertise low prices by skimping on the mechanism (or by not including a mechanism at all!).
- Look for additional features: Additional features like built-in storage, lighting, and custom finishes can make the bed more functional and attractive. Consider what features you need and make sure the bed you choose has them.
- Check the warranty: A good Murphy bed should come with a warranty that covers any defects in materials or workmanship. Make sure to read the warranty carefully and understand what is covered. For instance, Wilding Wallbeds offers a lifetime warranty on every Murphy bed mechanism we sell.
You Get What You Pay For
In conclusion, Murphy beds are an excellent investment if you are looking for a space-saving solution for your home. While they can be expensive, it’s essential to remember that you get what you pay for. A quality Murphy bed may cost more, but it will last longer, operate better, and provide you with the functionality and convenience you need. By considering the factors that influence the price and following our tips for shopping for a Murphy bed, you can make an informed decision and choose a bed that meets your needs and fits your budget. Don’t be afraid to spend a little more on a quality Murphy bed, as it will pay off in the long run.
*Pricing shown is as of 03/08/2023. Prices are subject to change. The price shown here is not guaranteed and may not be honored if prices change.
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