The most popular type of folding bed is called a murphy bed. This type of bed has been around since the early 1900s but is probably more well known for its appearance in the James Bond movies. This type of wall bed allows an individual who lives in a small apartment or efficiency to have more space in their apartment as the bed folds up and becomes vertical with the wall it is anchored against.
Murphy wall beds are also nice for smaller living spaces such as mobile homes or RV’s because not only does the bed fold away into an attractive looking piece of wood furniture, most of the units also have storage space on both sides and above the actual bed unit as well as lighting fixtures. Creating what would appear to be an elegant armoire, not just the backside of a metal bedframe or mattress. Also appealing for those in a small home and a few children, there is a bunk bed option. In this type of scenario, the bed folds a bit differently than the traditional unit, as it folds on its side instead of head to toe.
This type of folding bed is ideal for college apartments, as they are generally on the small size. This allows the students to have more living area in the one room units or dorm rooms. The murphy bed kit is easy to install and most wall bed kits do not require any drilling into floors or walls, which is ideal for renters in that you wouldn’t have to worry about your security deposit.
You might be wondering how the mattress stays put when the bed is in the vertical state. The way these types of folding bed systems work is generally by using elastic cords to keep the mattress in place. Unfortunately, these types of beds do not allow for a box spring mattress, but the systems come with a firm piece of wood that helps keep the mattress from sagging.
A folding bed unit is also good for empty nesters who want to create something new with their child’s old bedroom. This allows for the parents to create that office or man cave that they’ve always wanted, and have a spare room a guest should need to spend the night. If you are in need of extra space, you might give thought to folding beds.