6 Murphy Bed mattress tips

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Select the right mattress for your Space Solutions Murphy Bed

Here are 6 important mattress tips when planning your Murphy Bed installation – most often you supply your own, so these mattress tips can help ensure that your custom Murphy Bed is ideal for you and your space!

Mattress tips #1: Know your size requirements

Space Solutions uses genuine Murphy Bed hardware produced by Murphy Wall Beds of Canada, and builds the cabinet to suit, so you are getting not just a wall bed, but a genuine Murphy Bed. The Supreme Steel frame is sized for a standard Single, Double or Queen-size mattress in the standard length. (Space Solutions does not make Murphy Beds for extra-long or King-size mattresses.) 10″ is the standard maximum thickness that can be accommodated by the hardware. In special circumstances we can use a longer leg for thicker mattresses, which requires the cabinet to be built to a larger size; this is more costly, and may not be a fit for all spaces. The minimum thickness recommended for long-lasting comfort and to properly fit the hardware is 7″. So, any standard Single, Double or Queen size mattress between 7″ and 10″ may be used.

Mattress tips #2: Spring or Foam?

There are many types of mattresses available these days, and the good news is that most can be used in your custom Murphy Bed. This means that there is a good chance that you may already own a mattress that is appropriate! But assuming you do need a new mattress, one of the most important mattress tips is to get a spring (coil) mattress. They can offer the best long-term use in your Murphy Bed. Many of the “pillow top” varieties available are thicker than the maximum tolerances and are therefore excluded, and foam mattresses are not recommended at all – consider that most often a Murphy Bed is left in its closed position, which effectively stores the mattress on its side for extended periods of time; a foam mattress is more prone to settling, and this can affect long-term comfort, and also cause uneven balancing of the weight against the springs in the hardware.

Mattress tips #3: Frequency of use

Murphy Beds are useful for a variety of reasons. Maybe you have a very small condo, and you need a Murphy Bed as your every day bed so that you can fold it away and make other use of your space. In this case you will want to make sure you invest a long-lasting, highly comfortable mattress. Other times, Murphy Beds are meant for occasional use – in a room to be used for guests once in a while. Your guests still deserve a comfortable sleeping experience, which a Murphy Bed can provide, but it may not be necessary to invest in a brand-new mattress if you already own one that is suitable.

Mattress tips #4: Take advantage of mattress sales

Many of the “big box” mattress retailers have frequent promotions and sales on overstocked and discontinued models. This can allow you to source a quality mattress at a reasonable price! You don’t need a boxspring, since the mattress rests within the frame on the back side of the doors that you see when the bed is closed. As there are metal supports connecting the doors to serve as that platform, that is another reason why going no thinner than 7″ for your mattress is recommended for comfort.

Mattress tips #5: Have your mattress on site ahead of your installation

When we install your custom Murphy Bed, we need to have the mattress on site during the installation so that we may adjust the springs in the mechanism to perfectly account for the mattress’s weight. Different mattresses, even of the same size, will weigh differently depending on their composition, and we need to ensure that your Murphy Bed will open and close safely and smoothly. If you don’t already own a mattress that will be used, it is best to arrange for its delivery ahead of the installation to ensure there are no unnecessary delays or callbacks. When you place your Murphy Bed order we will remind you of the need to have your mattress on site on installation day; if we need to return at a later date because the mattress was not there the first time, a surcharge may apply. So making sure the mattress is there ahead of time guarantees a smooth installation.

Mattress tips #6: Space Solutions can help

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The Basset Fairchild mattress, at 10″ thick, fits standard Murphy Bed installations

Still need a mattress for your Murphy Bed? We’ve always said that Space Solutions does not supply mattresses, mostly because we are in the custom cabinet business, not the mattress business. But good news – we have recently partnered with a local Canadian manufacturer named Kingsdown, and if you are purchasing a new custom Murphy Bed from Space Solutions, we can offer you one of their mattresses! We are able to offer the Basset Fairchild series, which is a 10″ continuous coil mattress. It is guaranteed to fit the standard Murphy Wall Beds of Canada hardware that we use, and is available in Single, Double and Queen-Size options. We currently have a Basset Fairchild on display in our showroom in a Double Murphy Bed, and you are welcome to come and check it out in person! If you would like more information about mattresses for our custom Murphy Beds, please contact your Space Solutions designer, or you are welcome to email us at info@spacesolutions.ca.

Ready to get started on your custom Murphy Bed project? Call the showroom during business hours at 416.322.5575 to request an in-home consultation, or fill out this request form and we will call you to set one up!

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