Adding a wall bed to a space can give a room dual purpose and save considerable square footage. However there are things to consider before you add one to your home. The first and biggest thing to consider is how much room you actually have and how much room a wall bed will take when it’s up and when it’s down. When they are folded up wall beds add 1-2 feet of thickness to a wall. One choice to decrease thickness is to go into the wall to prevent the loss of footage in the room itself when the bed is up. If you have ample space a more cost effective way is to have the bed sit in a cabinet on the wall.
Making sure you have at least 5-6 feet out from the wall when the bed is down will provide enough clearance for you to easily maneuver to either side of the bed. If the bed is placed horizontal bunk style, then less than 5-6 feet will be sufficient. If you plan on adding a wall bed to a basement, you must factor in the ceiling height. At least 7 feet of height is necessary so that the bed can come down without damaging the ceiling.
From adding a sofa that sits in front of the wall bed to holding an entertainment center the possibilities are endless. Using a professional designer will help you brainstorm and analyze ideas to make the most efficient use of your available space.
While deciding on a wall bed, consider what type of mechanism you would like to use. There are many types of wall bed mechanisms available with different prices and functions. Twin Cities Closet Company carries two: Murphy and Sico. The Murphy mechanism is a simple and economical mechanism. and has been around since the 1900’s. It’s a simple and economical mechanism. SICO is a company that has been around since the 1960’s and got started creating mobile and folding products for businesses and commercial industries. The SICO wall bed provides additional comfort because, the mattress rests on a box spring or Euro-style slats where as the standard Murphy mechanism where the mattress rests against the flat front panel. The SICO mechanism also uses a hydraulic system to raise and lower the bed.
Meeting with a Twin Cities Closet Company designer at our showroom will help you figure out which system suits your needs better. Contact us at 612-623-0987 for more information.