Using a BedInABox® with a Murphy Bed Frame
You’ve most likely heard of a Murphy bed, but have you ever used one? Murphy beds are quite trendy and popular for those who live in smaller spaces or want to turn an office space or storage room into a guest bedroom from time to time. These fold-down beds mount to the wall and can come with storage space, shelving, or even a pull-out desk depending on the style.
The concept of a Murphy bed is designed to save space. You can fold it away when it’s not in use and in some cases can use it for storage. You may be wondering if a bed that folds into the wall can really be that comfortable, the same way you might question a sofa bed. The comfort of a Murphy bed really comes down to the mattress. BedInABox® mattresses are a convenient and comfortable mattress option, coming in seven different options that are all compatible with Murphy beds and other types of folding beds. In this blog, we’ll explore the compatibility and benefits of using a BedInABox® mattress with a Murphy bed frame.
What is a Murphy Bed?
History of Murphy Beds
Murphy beds originated about a century ago, though the exact story behind the bed is unclear. Inventor William Lawrence Murphy is credited for inventing the Murphy bed in San Francisco around 1900. However, folding-style beds existed for centuries before Murphy invented his own version of the fold-out bed. Over the years, folding beds have held many forms, but today, Murphy beds come in a number of styles with different lifting mechanisms.
The wall bed and cabinet bed are two common Murphy bed styles you’ll find on the market. Wall beds can span the whole wall or be installed into a specific part of the wall. Often, wall beds are multipurpose, serving as cabinets, shelves, bookcases, or workspaces when closed. Cabinet beds can be less expensive than wall beds because they are not built in. They can be fixed to the wall or be freestanding cabinets, meaning they are more versatile but, at the same time, may not offer as much stability or storage as wall beds.
Finally, Murphy beds can be either horizontally or vertically folded. Vertical Murphy beds, which fold by the foot of the bed, are by far the most common. Horizontal beds fold along their long edge instead, making them a good choice for rooms that don’t have much depth.
Over time, the lifting mechanism of the Murphy bed has also evolved. Today, you can find three common lifting mechanisms: springs, pistons, and manual. The spring lifting mechanism has been around the longest, but it now comes with safety features to make sure it doesn’t suddenly fold up. Pistons or hinges use pressurized arms to raise and lower the Murphy bed and also come with safety mechanisms to keep the bed locked in place when it is stored. Last but not least, manual opening mechanisms are the simplest and least expensive to use. But, bear in mind that you’ll have to support the full weight of the mattress and bed frame in order to move it.
Advantages of Using a Murphy Bed
Murphy beds are quite popular and stylish these days, especially with the growing need to rent apartments, travel to Airbnbs, or live in small studios. In fact, one of our customers has paired our Eco-Lux® mattress with at least one Murphy bed in their Airbnb properties.
Other advantages of using a Murphy bed include economizing space in a guest room or office that is also used for overnight visitors. If you primary sleeping area is small, you can make the most out of the limited space by using a Murphy bed as well.
What is a BedInABox®?
The Concept of Bed in a Box
The concept of a “bed in a box” is a relatively modern one that has only become more popular as online shopping and fast deliveries have boomed in today’s internet-based market. However, at the foundation of this concept is a practical idea: to make it easier to buy, receive, and set up your mattress.
At BedInABox®, our mattresses are compressed and shipped with convenience in mind. We fit a mattress in a box by compacting our memory foam and hybrid mattresses enough to fit into shippable cartons. In order to achieve this without compromising the materials, we use a special roll- packing machine and compressor. Once compressed, the mattress can be sealed into packing plastic and prepared for delivery. All our deliveries are carbon neutral, so you can be confident in your purchase while enjoying a brand-new, comfortable, and supportive mattress. All you have to do? Unroll the mattress and enjoy a good night’s rest.
Types of Mattresses Available
Our BedInABox® lineup features seven different mattresses, each with their own unique features. However, you can trust that each is made with the highest quality materials and is 100% made in the USA. Each of our mattresses maintain the CertiPUR-US® and OEKO-TEX® STANDARD-100 certifications, meaning they have been proven safe to sleep on and tested for harmful chemicals and are safe to sleep on. Five of our mattresses have all-foam constructions, including the Essential, Original, Azul®, Tranquillium®, and Eco-Lux®. Two of our mattresses, the Original Hybrid and Dual Hyrbid®, have hybrid constructions with a mix of memory foam and springs for added lift and enhanced support. With this variety of mattresses, all of which can be paired with a Murphy bed, you can find one that fits your needs and comfort level best.
Compatibility Between a BedInABox® and a Murphy Bed
Size and Dimensions
The most common dimensions for Murphy bed frames include twin, full, queen, and king, with the most popular being twin and queen. These sizes match standard bed frame sizes, so if you already have a standard bed frame, you can choose the comparative Murphy bed frame in the same size.
However, make sure to measure the depth, width, and length of your sleeping area, or wherever you want to install the Murphy bed, to make sure the folding will not be hindered by low ceilings or tight spaces. You’ll also want to consider whether a vertically or horizontally folding Murphy bed will be a better choice.
In addition, you may need to purchase a new mattress to fit your Murphy bed. Most Murphy beds can accommodate up to 12” of mattress, but each Murphy Bed is unique and may have other mattress requirements. All BedInABox® mattresses except the Dual Hybrid® are 12” or less in thickness, making them extremely compatible with the standard Murphy bed frame.
Due to our unique, multilayer memory foam construction, BedInABox® mattresses are built to withstand the consistent movement and folding that comes with bed frames such as Murphy beds and adjustable bed frames. Memory foam and hybrid mattresses are often recommended for these types of moving frames because they are durable enough to maintain their shape, adaptive enough to rebound quickly from compressions, while also offering adequate support for years to come. Other mattress materials are prone to gaining lumps or deteriorating more quickly. BedInABox® mattresses are designed to continue supporting your body even when folded into a Murphy bed.
Benefits of Combining a BedInABox® with a Murphy Bed
Space-Efficiency, Comfort, and Convenience
The Murphy bed is ideal for small apartments, studio spaces, or guest rooms—basically anywhere that needs a space-efficient sleep setup. To match this efficiency, BedInABox® mattresses offer comfort without compromising the functionality and convenience of a Murphy bed. Our memory foam and hybrid mattresses are built to last and are durable enough to endure the raising and lowering of a Murphy bed, so they are an optimal choice for these bed frames.
Setting Up Your BedInABox® with a Murphy Bed
Installation Steps & Safety Precautions
For your safety, we recommend having a second or third person help you install your BedInABox® mattress into a Murphy bed. While receiving your mattress in a box makes it easier to move it into your desired sleep space, it can still be cumbersome for one person to unbox and move it into place. In addition, you may want help lowering the Murphy bed, especially if it has a manual lift system.
To set up your BedInABox® mattress with a Murphy bed, follow these simple steps:
- Remove your BedInABox® mattress from the box upon arrival and place it on the desired bed frame.
- Unpack the plastic wrapping and unroll the mattress. Adjust as needed.
- Your mattress is ready to go! You can sleep on your BedInABox® mattress the same day you install it.
With Murphy beds continuing to grow in popularity across homes of all sizes, choosing a comfortable and compatible mattress is essential to ensuring you have a positive sleep experience. For all your space-saving and sleep needs, consider combining a BedInABox® mattress with your Murphy bed. Our memory foam and hybrid mattresses are built to last and are made with durable materials that can easily withstand the folding of a Murphy bed. Explore all seven of our mattresses today to find your perfect sleep solution.