What You Need To Know About Murphy Beds


Chances are you know what a Murphy Bed or a Wall Bed is. At least enough to know that they are pretty cool and it would be fun to have one. But like most people, you probably have a few questions about what Murphy Beds are, how they work, and more. In this blog post, we’ll cover the questions you probably have. And if there is something we miss, please don’t hesitate to give us a call!

Brief History

The reason they are called Murphy Beds is because of the man who created the first one more than a century ago. In San Francisco in the late 1890s, William L. Murphy invented the Murphy Bed to make his studio apartment socially acceptable for female visitors. Murphy was in love with a beautiful opera singer and wanted to spend more time with her. However, because of his one-room walk-up apartment, he had a problem. In those days women would not go into a man’s bedroom and his apartment was only one room — with a bed in it. So he created a disappearing bed. This enabled him to spend time with the woman — who he eventually married.

Murphy Bed Or Wall Bed?

Is there a difference between the two? Yes. There is more to it than just a couple of terms that are interchangeable. The biggest difference between the two is the lifting mechanism. We’ll get to those in a minute. But first, here are some more ways the styles are different With Wall Beds, there is no gap near the headboard where your pillow may fall down — a very popular feature for our customers. Wall Beds can also hold about double the weight of a Murphy Bed. Both styles are delivered disassembled. Murphy Beds come in smaller pieces so they are easier to deal with to maneuver through a small space in your home. Wall Beds are easier and faster to assemble. We offer a lifetime warranty on both mechanisms.

What Sizes

In addition to the storage, shelves, desks, and more that make Murphy Beds so beneficial, they also come in a variety of sizes. The most popular size is Queen, but most manufacturers can build any standard size, including XL’s. Because of this, virtually any room in your home can be transformed into a multi-functional space. Here’s a little more on our available sizes.
  • Twin — This is ideal for a child or small space in your home or office that only requires room for one adult.
  • Queen — This is what you probably want for two adults to sleep comfortably. This is recommended for a bed that you are planning to use every night.
  • King — Anybody with space for a king-size Murphy Bed will appreciate the variety that is available in our Studio Series.

Meet The Mechanisms

Is there a difference between the two? Yes. There is more to it than just a couple of terms that are interchangeable. The big difference between these types of beds is the lifting mechanism that is used with each of them. Murphy Beds are designed with a spring lift mechanism. There are a variety of types of spring lift mechanisms. Some are stand-alone. Others are spring-driven metal frames. And there are others that integrate a modified spring lift mechanism into the wooden pieces that form the cabinet. Wall Beds use piston lift mechanisms. They are gas charged and are integrated into the wood framing that constitutes the cabinet of the Wall Bed. One of the great benefits of this furniture is the space it can save. This is especially true for the Wall Beds because the more-recently invented piston lift mechanism takes a significantly smaller amount of space to operate.

Building Material

Wilding Wallbeds uses only the finest solid hardwoods and top quality furniture grade plywoods available. We have worked with Sierra Forest Products to create seven-layered plywood designed to work specifically in Murphy Bed construction. Inside the outside layers of hardwood veneer are two layers of Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) that keep the boards straight. The internal three layers are plywood with the grain crisscrossed for better strength. This combination of MDF and plywood improves support and protects against warping with changes in humidity.

To Learn More

If you still have questions about Murphy Beds, Wall Beds, or anything else contact us for any additional information that you need. It is our promise to provide you with the finest quality and innovative space-saving products that deliver superior value in addition to creating a positive customer experience through attention to detail and unsurpassed customer service.