What to Look for in a High-Quality Murphy Bed

The internet is swimming in Murphy beds, so how can you find one that will hold up?

By Caden

What to Look for in a High-Quality Murphy Bed

The internet is swimming in Murphy beds, so how can you find one that will hold up?

By Caden


What would you do with another room in your home? If I was the fairy of home renovations, and I could magically add another room to your home, how hard would it be to find a use for that space? If you’re like most, the trickier part would be limiting that magical addition to just one use. Every home has a ‘but’: “We love it, but…,” or “The yard is great, and my commute is short, but….” This is why maximizing space has become a crucial consideration for homeowners and apartment dwellers alike. Enter the Murphy bed – a versatile and space-saving solution that seamlessly blends functionality with style. However, not all Murphy beds are created equal. When investing in a piece of furniture that serves both practical and aesthetic purposes, it’s essential to prioritize quality, durability, and craftsmanship. This article will delve into the key factors to consider when searching for a high-quality Murphy bed. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s solve your home’s ‘but’ with a high-quality, space-saving Murphy bed.

The Four Components of High-Quality Furniture

Many companies consider their products as high-quality, however, quality is somewhat subjective. While some think IKEA’s furniture is high-quality because it’s stylish, affordable, and lasts longer than a year or two. Others see IKEA’s furniture as inferior quality because it relies heavily on particleboard, despite its aesthetic appeal. This prompts the question: Is there such thing as objective quality in furniture? We think so. In our measurement, quality furniture should be durable, reliable, comfortable, and beautiful. If a Murphy bed hits high marks on all of these four components, it could, therefore, be understood to be a high-quality Murphy bed.

Murphy Bed open in a bed

1. Durable

Let’s dive into a crucial aspect of top-tier Murphy beds – their durability. We’re talking about beds that don’t call it quits after a short while. The key here is opting for beds crafted from real wood and tried-and-true building techniques. This also means steering clear of failure-prone particleboard substitutes, no matter how pretty they may be.

Real wood construction doesn’t mean they need to be built from solid lumber from top to bottom. In fact, depending on the use, solid wood is not the strongest form of lumber. Solid wood is prone to warping, bowing, and cracking. This is why a real wood plywood is actually a considerably stronger option. Real wood plywood is simply a handful of layers of solid wood fused together to make a real wood product that has all of the benefits of solid lumber without the inherent weaknesses.

Key Takeaway: A Murphy bed or wall bed should be built from a combination of solid wood and a high-quality furniture grade plywood.

white Murphy bed open in a room

2. Reliable

Your Murphy bed needs to work every time you need it without the possibility of failure. Murphy beds are usually only used a handful of times per year, so when you have company over and you’re ready to pull your bed down, you really need it to work. To find a Murphy bed that is reliable, look for a bed that is made from high quality products (as we discussed above) and utilizes a proven lifting mechanism. Many lifting mechanisms exist on the market, and while many of them are decent quality, some leave much to be desired.

Key Takeaway: Murphy beds should be built from sturdy materials and a high-quality mechanism to be reliable.

white Murphy bed open in a room
woman lying on a comfortable murphy bed

3. Comfortable

Now, let’s address the comfort factor. Sure, Murphy beds are known for saving space, but that doesn’t mean they skimp on comfort. In fact, we have a line of mattresses designed specifically to be used with Murphy beds that are as comfortable as any mattress on the market. You can find a Murphy bed mattress that is as comfortable as your master bedroom mattress.

Key Takeaway: A Murphy Bed is only as comfortable as its mattress. Find a comfortable mattress and you’ll sleep like a baby.

4. Beautiful

Who said a Murphy bed can’t be a style statement? When it comes to aesthetics, these beds can truly shine. Imagine the elegance of real wood construction elevating your room’s ambiance. It’s like swapping your old ride for a sleek new car – an instant upgrade. And if you’re all about supporting local craftsmanship, an American-made Murphy bed adds that extra touch. It’s more than just a bed; it’s a tasteful addition that transforms your space.

Key Takeaway: A quality can’t be high-quality if it isn’t aesthetically pleasing.

In a nutshell, a high-quality Murphy bed isn’t just a piece of furniture – it’s a blend of durability, reliability, comfort, and style. So, the next time you’re in the market for a Murphy bed, remember the winning combo: real wood, American-made, and a mechanism that operates like a charm. That’s the secret recipe for Murphy bed excellence.

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…