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An Expert Guide to Murphy Bed Mattress Requirements

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Classic. Cozy. Convenient. There's nothing better than a beautiful, comfortable Murphy bed. For years, The Bedder Way has been offering the best mattress for Murphy beds on the market. It's safe to say we know a thing or two about the dos and don'ts of wall bed mattresses. To give you a better understanding of the requirements, our experts have put together an in-depth guide. We tell you what to look for, what to avoid and what The Bedder Way can do to help you get the right Murphy bed mattress.

1. Get the Right Type of Wall Mattress

More floor space, easy access, sleek design - there are many benefits to using a Murphy bed. To get the best use out of it, you'll need an appropriate wall bed mattress. Our experts at The Bedder Way suggest:

  • A standard innerspring or memory foam mattress up to 12 inches in total thickness. This will allow you to open and close the bed with little effort.
  • Use a wall mattress that weighs at least 55 pounds to ensure it stays down when you open your Murphy bed.

2. Use a Mattress No Thicker Than 12 Inches

Due to the depth of our Murphy beds, your wall mattress should be no thicker than 12 inches. This depth will allow room for your blankets and comforter to remain on your bed when closing. Shop for a Murphy bed mattress at The Bedder Way to find a wall mattress you'll love that meets all of these requirements.

The Bedder Way Wall Mattress Tip

Have a wall bed mattress thicker than 12 inches? No problem! Just give us a call and let us know how thick your mattress is, and for a small up-charge, we can increase the depth of your Murphy bed to accommodate up to a 15 inch mattress (making the depth of your Murphy bed approximately 20 inches).


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3. No Box Spring Required

Our Murphy beds have a unique, built-in mattress platform. The “backbone” of a Bedder Way Murphy bed is our strut framework. This framework is soundly constructed with kiln-dried, solid poplar struts by 1 1/2" x 1 1/2". This creates a beam structure which minimizes deflection and produces a framework that will support up to 2,500 lbs.

4. Mattress Straps Make All the Difference

The Bedder Way's wall mattress straps are placed on the furthest corners of the Murphy bed when open. These straps are installed over the mattress before you place your fitted sheet.

The straps hold your mattress tight to the bed face, keeping them together when the bed is opened and closed. The straps also keep the mattress from leaning back towards the wall when the bed is closed which prevents it from touching any pictures you may have on the back wall. Below, we've broken down how to use the straps the right way to get the most out of your Murphy bed mattress.

The Bedder Way Wall Mattress Tip: How to Use Mattress Straps

Murphy Bed Mattress Placement

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1. First, easily slide in your wall mattress.

Matress inside of Murphy Bed

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2. Next, place the corner straps over the mattress before making the bed. The straps allow the mattress to stay tight to the bed face when opening and closing the bed.

Making your Murphy Bed

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3. When you close your Murphy bed, you can leave your sheets, blankets and comforter in one place.


Murphy Bed Mattress FAQs

While the above is an overview of Murphy bed mattress requirements, we often get questions from people on the finer details. If you don't see your question listed below, check out other common questions or contact us and we'll be happy to assist you.

How much weight can a Murphy bed mattress hold?

A Murphy bed mattress can hold up to 2500 lbs. Keep in mind that our Murphy beds are very similar to any normal bed platform. For instance, The Bedder Way's Murphy beds have four points that touch the ground. Additionally, our strut framework distributes your weight evenly across the bed in the same way a box spring works. This ensures the bed's comfort and stability.

Can I use a latex mattress on the Murphy bed?

No, latex mattresses cannot be used on Murphy beds. Unlike those with innersprings or memory foam, latex mattresses cannot stand on-end for long periods of time which will result in an inability to operate the bed.

Can I use an air mattress on the Murphy bed?

No, you cannot use a blow up air mattress with our Murphy beds. They are not heavy enough to counterbalance our piston lift system. Select comfort mattresses are also not recommended due to their lack of weight.

Does The Bedder Way offer king size wall mattresses?

We do not offer king size Murphy beds at this time. The face of our bed comes as one large piece, so we have found that most spaces are unable to accommodate a solid piece that is roughly the size of a king size mattress. Remember, the face of our Murphy bed is slightly larger than a corresponding box spring. Most king size mattresses rest on two twin-size box springs for just this reason.

Can I decorate the space near my Murphy bed?

Most of our customers who purchase vertical beds will hang a picture on the wall inside the bed, which makes it more decorative when the bed is down. When using a 12-inch mattress (maximum size) you will have 2 inches of space left inside when the bed is closed. There are plenty of other ways to decorate with a Murphy bed. For more ideas, make sure you check out our customer gallery.

The Bedder Way Sells the Best Mattress for Murphy Beds Online

Knowing what to look for when you shop wall bed mattresses helps you make the best purchase. With years of experience offering Murphy bed mattresses online, The Bedder Way experts are more than happy to help. Our Sealy wall bed mattresses are the perfect fit and provide you with the utmost comfort and quality. We offer Sealy Memory Foam, Firm and Plush wall mattresses, so you'll find just the right bed for a good night's sleep. And, best of all, you don't need to deal with the hassle of visiting multiple stores. For more information about what to look for in a Murphy bed mattress, contact us today! We look forward to assisting you!

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