Murphy beds are typically manufactured using one of two types of material: Real Wood or Melamine. We offer either option to fit your material preference, home decor, and budget. What is the difference? The biggest difference between the two products is price. Real wood murphy beds will be higher in price due to material cost and workmanship. They are cut, shaped, joined, sanded, and finished (stained/painted/weathered). Each step of our real wood process is carefully executed by skilled craftsman. Melamine has a pre-colored surface which requires less handling and no finishing. This results in a slightly shorter production timeframe, and combined with a lower material cost, giving you a lower overall price. Despite the exterior material difference, our melamine beds use the same real wood bed frame as our real wood murphy beds, so you do not have to compromise build quality for a lower priced product.
QUESTION: Is Wood stronger than Melamine, or the other way around?
-ANSWER: Both Materials are equally as strong when the murphy bed (and/or Side Cabinet) is assembled. Melamine will not dent like wood will and is also scratch and stain resistant. Our real wood beds are built out of your choice of either Oak or Maple wood, which are both considered "hard woods".
QUESTION: Melamine is laid up on particle board, but i have had furniture made from Melamine that seems to break or is brittle when moving it from one location to another.
-ANSWER: Melamine is laid up on particle board (or is the substrate). Most people think of Melamine from furniture purchased from a common Swedish company which would fall apart when breaking it down or moving it. Melamine is not ideal for screws being driving in and out multiple times. That is why we use fasteners that allow the bed to be broken down easier with out the fear of damage or past fears you may be used to by other furniture companies.
QUESTION:Why do you sell your Real Wood Murphy Beds at the same price a local company sells Melamine Murphy Beds?
-ANSWER: Because we are a manufacturer we are able to construct your murphy bed (based on your selections) and ship it to your direct from our facility at a cost most companies can't touch. Other companies selling murphy beds don't typically build the murphy bed. They are buying the only choice they have (which is Melamine) from another company (typically outside the United States) and marking the bed up to make a high profit. You compare that to us and you will see you are getting a higher quality product for less money!
You can rest assured that all of our products, from our murphy beds to our side cabinets to our office systems, are made in the USA. We can proudly say that materials used to construct our products are American made as well.
The Bedder Way Co. understands how important it is to protect the future of our environment and the health of our customers. That is why we strive to use the very best American made, environmentally friendly materials. Take the time to compare while shopping for a murphy bed and make sure you are purchasing a product that is right for you - and the environment !