Murphy Wall Bed Ideas: A Classic That Never Goes out of Style

Some things just never go out of style.

Jeans, white tees, Converse sneakers, hardwood floors, and white interior walls are all examples of classics that have survived many decades of trends and are considered staples of modern living.

The Murphy wall bed might not be quite on the same level of these things as far as its ubiquity in our daily lives, but it can very much stand alongside them in terms of the timeless appeal it has.

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7 Murphy wall bed ideas you should know about

William Murphy’s wall bed design has been around for well over a century.

It’s come a long way from it’s rather crude beginnings as an uncomfortable-to-sleep-on piece of furniture that was difficult to open and close and commonly found in cheap apartment units.

Nowadays, Murphy wall beds can be found in upscale condos and houses and beautifully add a stylish, modern touch to a home’s décor.

Let’s look at seven Murphy wall bed ideas that show why this classic piece of furniture remains so appealing.

1. Murphy beds are a classic brand for a reason

There’s a reason most wall beds are commonly referred to as just “Murphy beds”, even if they’re not the Murphy brand. The Murphy name is associated as much with wall beds as Kleenex is with tissues, Band-Aid is for bandages, and Google is for online searches.

All of these brand names are used as shorthand to describe even their competitor’s products because in some cases they invented the product, they perfected the product, and they became market leaders.

All wall beds are not created equal, however. DIY wall beds, such as a Lori wall bed, have only one thing going for them compared to a Murphy wall bed – their lower cost.

Aside from this, DIY wall beds fall well short of a customized authentic Murphy bed in five important areas:

  • appearance
  • ability to customize
  • quality of construction materials
  • functionality and ability to add storage space
  • ease of use when opening and closing the bed

2. Wall beds are big space savers

Even if your living space isn’t small, wall beds are great when it comes to saving space in a room. Their pulldown design means wall beds take up very little room and won’t be in the way when they’re not in use.

The bed stays folded up and out the way during the day. That frees up floor space, which allows for more space to move within the room and also makes vacuuming the room easier.

When it’s needed, simply pull the bed down and it’s all ready for a good night’s sleep.

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3. They’re ideal for small living spaces

Between consumers being more mindful of reducing their carbon footprint, embracing a more minimalistic lifestyle, and being less able to afford property due to sky-high real estate prices, small space living is more popular than ever.

So whether you’re a middle-aged professional who’s downsized to a much smaller home or a millennial living in a studio apartment, a Murphy bed was made just for you.

When space is really at a premium in a small home, a wall bed is virtually a must-have piece of furniture to own.

4. Wall beds are perfect for overnight guests

The small footprint a wall bed occupies within a room also makes them absolutely perfect for guest rooms. A proper guest room with a comfortable bed makes for a better overnight visiting experience for your guests.

And if you only have one spare room available, it can double as a guest room and a small office space with bespoke cabinetry.

Any other use for a spare room such as a craft room, fitness room, or kids playroom can incorporate a wall bed design that lets you also use it for a guest room. It’s all about maximizing the functionality of your home!

5. It’s more than just a pulldown bed

Another outdated stereotype that some people have about wall beds is that they’re unattractive and lack style.

Organized Interiors’ customized wall beds are anything but visually unappealing, however. In fact, we’re confident you’ll find that they nicely enhance any room’s appearance with custom finishes and design features that beautifully complement your décor.

One of our clients had a spare room that was right by her home’s front door and she didn’t want this guest room to actually look like a guest room. We were able to add a wall bed unit that keeps the bed hidden and the room open with lots of floor space.

Even though a Murphy bed takes up less floor space, it can actually add useful storage space to a room. This integrated piece of furniture can have storage add above, behind, and to the sides of the bed unit.

Choosing a wall bed that you can have customized gives you many more options for sizes, finishes, decorative hardware, and other features.

6. A Murphy bed is the easiest-to-open wall bed

Some people have the perception that wall beds are a pain to open and close and that you need to have the strength of a bodybuilder to operate one.

Ease of use when using a wall bed can definitely vary, depending on what type of wall bed you buy.

Murphy beds are hands-down the easiest wall bed to open and close. The high quality hardware and mechanisms Murphy beds use makes opening and closing them simple and quick.

Interior designer Jane Lockhart demonstrates in the video below how easy peasy it is to open and close an Organized Interiors Murphy bed:

7. Wall beds are super comfortable to sleep on

To conclude our list of wall bed ideas, let’s dig a little deeper into the incorrect perception that wall beds have lumpy mattresses and aren’t comfortable to sleep on.

That may have been true back in the 50s and 60s time period where 70s TV hit Laverne & Shirley took place. Their Murphy bed was the source of numerous hijinks and was virtually a recurring character on the show. It also led to somewhat of a Murphy bed boom with American consumers.

Not to worry, though – a high quality Murphy bed coil mattress is every bit as comfortable to sleep on as a conventional bed mattress.

Visit our showroom for inspirational wall bed ideas

If you’re intrigued by the Murphy wall bed ideas listed here, visit our showroom to experience the stylish looks and practicality of our custom wall beds for yourself.

Organized Interiors’ Murphy beds are built to last and come with a lifetime warranty on the bed’s parts.

You can also schedule a complimentary in-home design consultation with us to plan your wall bed project or guest room makeover.

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3 Creative Bedroom Storage Furniture Ideas to Lighten Your Closet’s Load

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The key component in keeping an organized bedroom is to have a closet space that’s well-designed and highly functional.

A well-managed closet can keep clutter from spilling out into the rest of the bedroom, but a closet won’t always be able to handle all of your wardrobe storage needs.

That’s when it’s time to consider some bedroom storage furniture ideas to help lighten the load in your closet a little.

Bedroom storage furniture ideas you may not have considered

Perhaps you’re looking for some supplemental storage systems for the bedroom for the following reasons:

  • your bedroom closet is too small
  • you own too many clothes and can’t find the time to properly thin out your wardrobe
  • you want to make better use of the storage space in your bedroom

A dresser and nightstand/bedside table are some obvious examples of bedroom storage furniture most of us use.

If you’re looking for some additional outside-the-closet bedroom storage furniture ideas to keep things tidy, here are a few outside-the-box suggestions.

1. Bed surround

When it comes to adding extra non-closet storage space to a bedroom, it’s hard to beat a bed surround.

This versatile piece of furniture gets somewhat overlooked when homeowners are considering the best bedroom storage furniture ideas.

Here’s why a bed surround is worthy of your consideration when you’re looking for smart ways to furnish your bedroom:

  • maximizes your bedroom storage space
  • provides a comfortable sleeping space
  • adds a stylish decorative touch to a bedroom

Let’s start with the valuable underbed storage a bed surround provides. The integrated storage drawers are perfect for things like out-of-season clothing, pillows, and blankets. And unlike a traditionally open underbed storage space, all your belongings will stay clean and dust bunny-free.

Bed surrounds can also include everything from nightstands, a headboard with cabinets and shelving storage, and even a custom wardrobe (or two).

And with a bespoke bed surround design, everything from the drawer sizes, shelf widths and depths, lighting placement, finishes, and any other available features can be customized for you.

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2. Wardrobe

A wardrobe (also known as an “armoire”) is another smart solution to turn to when you need more bedroom storage. The beauty of a wardrobe is that it can fit anywhere there’s free space in a bedroom.

Some people are under the impression that a wardrobe is little more than a furniture enclosure with an extra hanging rod or two, along with a shelf.

While it does function as an extension of your closet for clothes hanging space, a wardrobe can do so much more. Many of the useful accessories and features that make a closet organization system so effective can be added, too. Examples include:

  • full-length mirror
  • drawers with dividers
  • pullout shoe rack
  • a valet rod, tie/scarf rack, and decorative hooks

Wardrobes are a great storage option if you’re finding a shared closet space too frustrating to maintain with your partner. Create a separate storage space for one of you by adding a wardrobe to your bedroom.

Bedrooms aren’t the only room in a home where a wardrobe can be added, either. They’re ideal for a playroom, storage room, guest room, or any room without adequate (or any) closet space.

And just like a bed surround, going the custom route for the wardrobe you’re buying allows you to personalize the design to suit your needs, both functionally and aesthetically. With decorative touches like metal grill or glass doors, crown moulding, and stylish door and drawer pulls, a bespoke wardrobe becomes a beautiful furniture display piece.

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3. Wall bed

You might not think of a wall bed when you’re considering bedroom storage furniture ideas, but it might actually be perfect for your needs.

A wall bed’s clever design is all about space-saving and nothing occupies more floor space in a bedroom than a bed. Wouldn’t it be nice to reclaim the floor space a bed takes up when you don’t need it?

Wall beds (also known as “Murphy beds”) conveniently fold up into a stylish cabinet when they’re not being used. That makes them ideal for guest rooms, micro-condos, or any room where space is limited.

You could also optimize your available space by creating a multi-purpose room that functions occasionally as a guest room and as a home office the rest of the time.

And we’re not including wall beds on this list of creative bedroom storage furniture ideas just because the bed itself can be stored away.

A custom wall bed can also incorporate surrounding drawer and cabinet storage, to really expand your bedroom storage options.

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Great bedroom storage furniture ideas to keep you organized

Organized Interiors has the highest quality bedroom storage furniture ideas and custom closet solutions for your home.

Schedule a free in-home design consultation with us to discover how our 40+ years of organization expertise can help you to improve the storage flexibility in your home.

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6 Home Holiday Tips That Make Space For Living

The holiday season brings festive joy and the opportunity to entertain houseguests.

While this time of year is enjoyable, it can also be stressful and hectic if your home lacks the kind of decorative touches and features that will really leave a positive impression on guests.

One of your worries may be over your home’s inadequate accommodations for overnight guests. Perhaps you’re just wishing your home decor had a more appealing sense of style and character.

Is dealing with that ever-present excess clutter that needs to disappear before your guests arrive wearing you down?

Try using some of these home holiday tips to make your house a more inviting space this festive season (and year-round).

1. Convert a spare room or office into a guest room with a wall bed

One of the home holiday tips worth considering is to create a comfortable guest room using the spare room in your house.

The best way to accomplish this is by having a space-saving custom wall bed (also known as a Murphy bed) installed.

Wall beds fold up when they’re not needed, which allows them to be used in smaller spaces. You could even incorporate this guest space into your home office.

Organized Interiors can custom-fit your wall bed to the exact requirements of your space, either as a standalone unit or as part of a beautiful custom cabinetry unit.

As these instructions explain, they’re easy to use and every bit as comfortable as sleeping on a conventional bed.

The convenience and comfort of a wall bed in your cozy guest room will ease your mind, knowing your overnight guests are well taken care of with this high quality sleeping surface.

2. Impress your houseguests with classy custom bar cabinetry

Custom bar cabinetry adds a touch of class to any space. Your holiday houseguests will be impressed by one of the many elegant custom bar cabinetry designs available from Organized Interiors.

Our design experts can create a bar as part of a larger custom cabinetry unit, mini-bars for smaller spaces, and island-style bars. Whichever design you choose will enhance the decor and entertaining capabilities of your home.

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3. Add beautifully crafted custom wine cabinetry

Any good holiday gathering inevitably involves the enjoyment of some quality wines.

If you’re a collector who hasn’t yet invested in a high quality wine storage system for your home, consider the benefits of choosing custom wine cabinetry.

Regardless of your available space and the size of your wine collection, Organized Interiors has the ideal wine storage solution for you.

For larger collections, we can create a beautifully designed walk-in closet wine cellar or a wine cellar room that can also function as a unique spot for entertaining holiday guests.

Smaller wine collections are perfect for our reach-in wine closet design. They’re ideal for keeping your bottles stored in the optimal dark lighting conditions, while taking up little space in your home.

4. Add a modern electric fireplace to enhance room ambiance

Adding an electric fireplace is one of the home holiday tips that’s guaranteed to boost the ambiance of any room. Any room featuring one is sure to be a popular space for your holiday guests.

Modern electric fireplaces give you the charm and appeal of a roaring fire without any of the mess and headaches of wood burning fireplaces. And you’ll still enjoy the pleasant heat that radiates from the fireplace’s energy efficient ceramic heating system.

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5. Add a stylish entertainment unit

Some of these home holiday tips can be incorporated into the design of a stylish entertainment unit.

A customized entertainment unit becomes the focal point of any room where holiday guests are gathered. Your bar and fireplace, along with your audio and video equipment, can all be housed in a custom-fit entertainment unit.

There are a wealth of entertainment unit design options to choose from, such as lighting features and wood finishes.

6. Control your clutter with helpful organization and storage solutions

Nothing worries a homeowner who’s entertaining guests more than how tidy their home is.

Even with the aesthetic improvements that the ideas in these home holiday tips bring to any space, their benefits will be offset by the presence of excess clutter.

Stuffing clutter into closets before guests arrive isn’t a practical option. Keep your home clutter manageable with useful organization and storage solutions that make this an easy task.

Custom closet organizers and our bedroom storage solutions are your best tools for the job of consistently keeping your home tidy.

Home holiday tips that help year-round

These six home holiday tips will serve you well during the festive season. More importantly, they’ll add enhanced functionality to your home on a year-round basis.

Stop by our huge Vaughan showroom to learn more about these and other home improvement ideas. One of our design experts would be happy to visit your home to discuss your design ideas and aspirations.

Just schedule your free in-home consultation.

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8 Amazing Benefits of Owning a Space-Saving Wall Bed

One might think that the idea for a Murphy bed (also known as a wall bed) originated with the man it’s named after, William Murphy.

In fact, while it was Murphy’s folding bed design that became popular in the early 1900s, foldaway wall beds had actually been around in various forms for a few decades before that.

Since then, they’ve come quite a long way in terms of style, safety, and functionality. In smaller living spaces, space-saving wall beds are particularly useful.

Here are eight great benefits that custom wall beds can bring to your home.

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1. Wall beds save you a lot of space

In micro-condos and tiny apartments, wall beds are essential because of how little space they take up. Even in larger living areas, a space-saving wall bed unit can be quite convenient to have.

By utilizing the unused vertical space on one of your walls, a wall bed takes up very little room and won’t be in the way when you’re not using it.

Simply pull the bed down out of the wall when you or your houseguests are ready to retire for the night. In the morning, the bed easily folds up to free up a significant portion of floor space.

2. A genuine Murphy bed is the highest quality wall bed available

Generic terms are commonly used to refer to certain types of products. For example, words like “kleenex”, “zipper”, “thermos”, and “aspirin” are used by most of us to describe similar products that may not actually bear these trademarked names. There’s a good reason that this happens.

The Murphy bed is no different. While you can find various brands of wall beds available, this unique piece of integrated furniture is most commonly known as a “Murphy bed”. That’s because of the industry leader reputation that Murphy beds have had for around a century now.

Organized Interiors only sells genuine, high quality Murphy beds. Along with a lifetime guarantee on the bed’s hardware and its durable design, a Murphy bed is also the most comfortable modern wall bed you’ll ever sleep in.

3. Enjoy the safe, ease-of-use a wall bed offers

You may be wondering how easy it is to open and close a wall bed. The innovative spring system our Murphy beds are designed with makes it very simple to open and close the bed. They’re also very safe to use.

Read our wall bed usage guide or watch the following video demonstration:

4. A space-saving wall bed is as comfortable as a conventional bed

Rest assured that a space-saving wall bed comes with a high quality coil mattress that is every bit as comfortable as sleeping in a conventional bed.

Your houseguests will certainly appreciate the comfortable sleep they’ll experience on it. Sleeping on an air mattress, rolling cot, or pull-out sofa bed just doesn’t compare.

To test drive the comfort of a wall bed for yourself, visit Organized Interiors’ 10,000 square foot showroom. You can also see just how effortless a wall bed is to open and close.

5. Customize your wall bed to fit your needs

Our designers can customize your wall bed to satisfy your tastes and needs, such as including a pull-out nightstand. These are some of the other custom options available:

  • single, double, or queen-sized wall beds available
  • can be designed as an individual unit or as part of a larger custom cabinetry unit
  • various wood finishes to choose from
  • open and closed storage options available (such as shelving or incorporating storage for pillows and blankets into the headboard)
  • add built-in lighting for accent or reading purposes

6. Murphy beds look great and complement your home’s decor

The high level of customization that a Murphy bed comes with means our designers will be able to create a unit that nicely complements your home’s decor, whether the bed is open or closed.

A wall bed can be designed to fold up into a beautifully crafted cabinet unit that remains functional during the day while the bed isn’t needed.

7. Wall beds create a multi-purpose space in your home

Almost any room in your home will see its versatility greatly improved by becoming a multi-purpose guest room with a space-saving wall bed. In particular, your home office can easily become a cozy bedroom for houseguests by adding a wall bed.

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8. Wall beds keep providing value even when you decide to move

Even when you decide to move, wall beds will keep providing value. When moving time comes, Organized Interiors can disassemble your wall bed and transport it to your new residence, where we’ll reassemble it.

Or if you decided to leave the wall bed behind when you move, its value can be factored into the resale value of your house, condo, or apartment. Don’t wait any longer when it comes to maximizing the space in your home.

Book your free in-home consultation today, where one of design experts can answer any questions you might have about wall beds and where one can work best in your home.

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Spare Room Ideas: Convert Yours To A Home Office & Guest Room

Space can be at a premium in small homes and condos. Perhaps you find yourself craving a proper home office space, but have overnight guests on a regular enough basis to make you reluctant to change the design of your guest bedroom.

Maybe you have an existing home office space and only have guests stay over a few times a year, but their sleeping accommodations could be improved.

One of the best spare room ideas is to turn your extra room into a multipurpose home office and guest room.

Add a practical, space-saving wall bed to your spare room

A practical wall bed will be one of the key components of your new multipurpose room. Wall beds are also referred to as “Murphy beds” and their biggest benefit is how much space they’ll save you. During the day, the wall bed folds up, creating plenty of floor space. When it’s needed, the wall bed easily unfolds for use.

If your idea of a wall bed involves antiquated images of thin, ugly mattresses and creaky mechanisms, you’ll be surprised at how far they’ve advanced. The modern quality wall bed is stylish and just as comfortable as any other bed.

They’re also a much nicer sleeping option for your guests than makeshift arrangements that has them sleeping on a pullout sofa, futon, cot, or an air mattress on the floor.

Custom wall beds can be built as an individual unit or as part of a larger custom cabinetry unit. You can enjoy the benefits of open shelving, drawers, and built-in lighting in the beautifully crafted cabinetry unit whether the wall bed is down or up.

Depending on your needs, you can choose from a single, double, or queen-sized wall bed. The hardware on our wall beds also comes with a lifetime warranty.

A wall bed creates an instant guest room in a condo.

A wall bed creates an instant guest room in a condo.

Include a closet organizer for your guests’ comfort

If you have guests that stay for lengthier visits than just one night, a closet organizer will help them feel more at home, especially if they’ve brought more than one suitcase. A closet organizer will make it easier for guests to manage their wardrobe during their stay.

And if you’re not entertaining guests for awhile, you can take advantage of the closet organizer’s helpful storage features for temporarily storing some of your extra wardrobe.

Spare room ideas: keep your office supplies organized and hidden

Your dual-purpose office/guest room needs to be kept organized. This makes using it on a daily basis easier and it will require minimal cleanup when houseguests require the space.

Use elegantly designed customized cabinetry for the office to keep all of your office supplies and belongings organized and out of sight.

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Add some final cozy touches to your multipurpose space

Along with these main design elements of your multipurpose room, add a few tasteful and cozy touches to the space. A rug, fresh plants, and artwork are well-suited to both guest rooms and home offices and add a nice touch of warmth.

Use these spare room ideas to create a multipurpose room and maximize your home’s space. Your guests will definitely appreciate the comfortable surroundings you’ve thoughtfully provided for them!

One of our design consultants will be happy to meet with you in your home to discuss your spare room ideas, so book your free consultation today.

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