Did you know that the average size of new apartments in the U.S. in 2018 was 941 square feet? This means that within ten years, the size of apartments has shrunk by 5%, and smaller apartments such as studios have shrunk by a whopping 10%.
With apartments shrinking in size, it’s more important than ever to create a space that works for you and to use smart storage furniture that works for your lifestyle. One such way of optimizing your space is by investing in foldaway furniture, such as a Murphy bed.
Want to upgrade your small bedroom or studio apartment and enjoy more space? Then check out our 6 reasons everyone should consider buying a Murphy bed.
What Is a Murphy Bed?
A Murphy bed, or a wall bed, is a bed that handily can be folded away when it’s not in use. The bed is folded away up against the wall and thus saves a lot of floor space, which can make a studio or small apartment feel bigger.
William Murphy created this bed, hence the name Murphy bed, in the 1900s. The idea of a bed that folded away wasn’t a new one, as previous to the Murphy bed there were other similar models. However, William Murphy created more functional foldaway beds and offered greater counterbalanced designs.
Murphy initially designed the bed with the intention of creating more space for smaller apartments, such as his own in New York. But nowadays they are a popular bed choice for those in smaller and larger spaces alike and it’s easy to see why more and more people are choosing to buy them.
1. Enjoy More Space
Beds take up so much space, whether you have a large or a small room. A twin bed is 39″ X 80″, a full is 54″ X 75″, a queen is 60″ X 80″, and a king is 76″ X 80″. That’s a lot of floor space that is being permanently used for only one activity.
However, with a Murphy bed, you can reclaim that space when you’re not using the bed as you can fold it back up against the wall. This is a great option for those who want a bedroom with multiple purposes, such as a studio or even a guest bedroom/home office room.
2. Get a Good Night’s Sleep
When it comes to bedroom design, the experts express the importance of creating a tranquil space dedicated to relaxation. This is so that you get the very best sleep possible.
One way to create a relaxing space is to clear clutter and minimize the furniture in your bedroom. That is exactly what a Murphy bed can do for you! It’s obviously not the only way you can optimize your sleeping environment, as you might also want to add blackout curtains and reduce any excessive noise.
Murphy beds are also as comfortable as other types of beds, which can help you or your guest get a good night’s sleep. The wall bed comes complete with a high-quality coil mattress, which will prove to be more comfortable than a pull-out sofabed or other space-saving sleeping options.
3. Save Yourself Time
Ease of use is essential for a foldaway bed, especially if you intend to use it every day such as for a studio bed. You need something that you can easily set up and put away, which is what you can expect with a Murphy bed.
Murphy beds are easy to manually lift, so whether you’re making or putting the bed away, you can do it within a few minutes. If that sounds like too much of a faff then you can also get an effortless remote-controlled Murphy bed.
4. Make the Bed Your Own
Everybody has different needs and sleeping requirements, that’s why you can customize your Murphy bed to suit you. That’s right, Murphy beds come with a range of different options, such as the size of the bed (single, double, or queen), the wood finish, and further storage options.
Avid bedtime readers can pimp their beds to have a bedside table and even add in lighting around the bed. While keen organizers can add storage shelves and create a cabinet unit with their bed to really optimize their space.
5. Match Your Decor
Murphy beds can easily be added to a room and match the existing decor, which means you don’t need to splash the cash on redecorating your space. When you’re customizing your bed you can choose from many different finishes, styles, and colors, all of which look great for any house or apartment.
For example, if you want a wall bed for your small city apartment then you might choose a more modern style and finish that also adds some color to the white walls. Whereas if you want a Murphy bed for your guest bedroom/home office then you might decide to go with a traditional and clean wood finish, to match your home office.
6. Work From Your Bed
There’s a rise in employees working from home and as such the Murphy bed provides the perfect excuse for you to work from bed. Not literally though. That’s right among all the designs and customizations, you can also get a Murphy bed that doubles as a desk and home office, which is ideal for those in smaller apartments who work from home.
Save Space and Money With a Murphy Bed
Although Murphy beds aren’t anything new and have been around for over 100 years, they are still a great and practical invention that many people enjoy and it’s easy to see why. Whether you want to try and save space, money, or just want to try reorganizing your bedroom, the Murphy bed is a fantastic choice.
Find out more ways you can maximize your space and save money by discovering our other home articles.