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If you’ve ever lived in a big city, you know that space comes at a premium. Sometimes, you have to squeeze into an apartment with just the right amount of finesse to make it work. Furniture has to be compact, and storage has to be tight. That’s the way things go when you don’t have a lot of expendable room in your home.
 
So what can you do with one of your primary space occupiers — your bed? If you have a studio or one-bedroom apartment, putting your queen- or king-sized bed in can be quite the challenge. While some people are at peace with a bed taking up the majority of their space, there are others who wouldn’t mind using it for something else.
 
This is where buying a Murphy bed can become a viable option. Built for space-saving convenience, Murphy beds use a mechanism that’s easy for opening and closing. They’re traditionally tucked into the wall as part of a larger cabinet and are hidden to the naked eye. Sounds like a dream come true for small spaces, right? Well, before you rush to the nearest furniture store or furniture liquidator, we’re going to help you decide if a Murphy bed is the right move for you.
 
The Ultimate Space Solution
If your regular mattress layout is a genuine concern in your space then Murphy beds are an easy solution. They’re completely out of sight and out of mind when you’re not using them. You can’t get much better than that in a tighter space.
 
While there are different types of Murphy beds out there, you can save even more space by choosing one with a cabinet. Not only is it tucked away neatly, but it can actually hold more than just the bed itself. Smaller items like bed sheets and tablecloths can also be stored in this type of cabinet setup.
 
Bedroom or Living Room Dweller?
One of the most common determining factors of whether you should get a Murphy bed or not is where it’s actually going to be situated. Even if you have one bedroom in your apartment, you have more flexibility. If your apartment is a studio, everything is going to be out in the open.
 
While some people don’t mind having their bed out in the open, it can become a nuisance when trying to put in a couch or hosting guests. You can still do those things in a studio apartment with a Murphy bed, however. That extra square footage you’re getting when you give up a traditional bed can even open the space up, so you don’t feel as claustrophobic. Of course, it all depends on what you’re comfortable with.
 
Design Options
Some people have an outdated mindset when it comes to Murphy beds. They think about them as if they’re only produced in some 1970s squeaky metal factory. The same advancements we’ve witnessed in regular beds also apply to Murphy beds.
 
You have a number of colour choices and materials to choose from nowadays. It doesn’t have to be the first option that pops up on your radar. Take some time to figure out what kind of look you want for your space, and there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find a Murphy bed that’ll fit within that scope.
 
Looking for some Murphy bed inspiration? Visit one of our three great Vancouver Island showrooms and get some more ideas in person or check out our website. We carry a number of great products from brands like Ashley Furniture. We won’t be undersold!