I have been anti-Murphy bed for as long as I can remember. Just the thought of it sounded strange to me, uncomfortable, and let’s be totally honest, unattractive! Where does a Murphy bed fit into a nice design? When has anyone ever said, “Wow, look at that Murphy bed, that sure is beautiful, I must have one!”? Well, this post is an attempt to change your mind, because clearly my mind has changed.
Benjamin’s home office has doubled as a guest room putting him in a little stress mode when we have guests. Don’t get me wrong, we both LOVE to entertain and host, but sometimes he feels bad if he needs to jump in the room for any reason when we have overnight guests. None of our friends who are like family seem to mind, but he still feels awkward and when we have long-term guests (really, his parents who stay for 2+ weeks) he feels really disruptive with his work.
So, where’s the balance? How do we accommodate the lifestyle of entertaining and hosting that we love, while also having our own dedicated spaces – I hear you, Murphy bed.
I very much believe in utilizing every room in your home – if possible. Unless you have some mansion and you can spare the square footage, but in our case, we had 1750 square feet of space we use to the max (the addition added 425 square feet of living and a guest bathroom). Every corner of every tiny room we used. I knew a dedicated guest room wouldn’t make sense for us, and I didn’t want to build, aka pay, for a room for guest usage only.
So the living area space in the expansion area – now named the garden room, seemed like a great place for an extra room for guests (not pictured but it’s behind me where I took this photo). You see, we use it every day, the living area that is, I often work in there with my laptop answering emails, watching Netflix, and we can use the bathroom.
And also when not hosting overnight guests, in front of the Murphy bed we will add chairs and seating. The furniture is still on the way and I didn’t want to wait to show you this, I’ll update you on it later this summer once it’s situated.
The Murphy bed install took a few hours, we hired help. And I’ve got some news for anyone who’s interested in a Murphy bed.
Do not buy a Costco Murphy bed. This is coming from an expert Murphy bed installer who emphasized it to us – he installs Murphy beds for a living for a Bed in the Wall company and said they are cheaply made, made of plywood, and take a long time install – up to 4 hours.
The installer didn’t say that because he gets anything out of it – and he also doesn’t care if it takes him four hours (more money for him) but he explained the way furniture is made. You know those twisty screws (I know all screws twist) but where it’s a very cheap board that you place it in it and twisting it secures the boards together? I recall assembling a TV entertainment stand from either Walmart or Target Benjamin bought while we were dating for his new apartment in Albuquerque – it took us 3 hours to assemble this cheap junk and I told him Pottery Barn furniture which came assembled was worth the quality, and time saved.
The Murphy bed inspiration – the original plan
Without me saying it, I gave into the Murphy bed look. I stopped into a store to see it in person and they often come with bookcases along side them and I really liked that look. I also came across a pin of a Murphy bed bookcase combo designed by Joanna Gaines and I was sold!
I decided to flank it with two colored bookcases – and this was what I wanted (only we didn’t get the Ballard Designs bookcases because unfortunately the wall ended up being smaller so we were short a few inches in width *crying*). Feel free to steal this look because I’m still in love with it. Dang drywall!
It’s fine, we still ended up with a similar look and I cannot complain – you can also steal this look. Benjamin preferred closed shelves on the bottom, he didn’t want everything out in the open so this worked great. It already came painted which was a relief. The crown molding on the side of the bookcases pokes out on the side, but the bookcase is flush with the Murphy bed, phew!
Our Murphy bed look – since the walls weren’t wide enough
Our Murphy bed is from Wayfair, we were told this particular company (not Wayfair itself) is excellent quality and the bed frame won’t fall on you – they are separate. The mattress itself is actually what is mounted and the frame is mounted separately as well – it’s safe.
I bought new bedding from H&M to match the new towels, and I just love it! Also the new linen pillow shams too, so fun! The bird duvet matches a vintage print I have in the bathroom – a print I moved from another area of our home.
And what do you put behind a Murphy bed when it’s down? We can’t add artwork because it’s too tight with the mattress, so I decided to wallpaper of course! Ha! Just one night took me an hour and I bought the wallpaper from PB Teen, it’s a Liberty London print.
Truthfully styling everything in this new space was easy – we just took items from other parts of our home and moved it in there. I now need to restyle a few of those shelves, but it’s nice when you see you have a consistent style that can be moved from one area of your house to another (also saving money).
So there you go – I hope you think of Murphy beds a little differently now and know where to buy one – because I know the feeling not loving the look. When the Murphy bed is up you can utilize that area by putting down an area rug for a play area (if you have kids) or put a work table and make it a work station for projects. We are still trying to figure that out for us but so far we love the look and are so happy with it!