WHAT IS A PANEL BED?
A Panel Bed is a type of Murphy Bed. It is a space-saving bed that is stored, either vertically or horizontally, in a cabinet that is anchored to a wall. A Panel Bed folds up and out of sight when not in use, and can be pulled down when needed. Panel beds open directly downwards, like a dishwasher or oven door. The panel door becomes the under support for the mattress.
History of a Murphy Bed
The name murphy dates to the early 1900s when William Murphy patented his fold-away bed. Much like the brand name Xerox came to generically mean photocopy, the name murphy is now used for wall beds in general.
Space Saving Murphy Beds
According to a 2016 study by RCLCO, apartment size is shrinking. The average apartment is 7% smaller today than in 2009. This is a loss of 71 square feet. Apartment and condo dwellers in Fort Myers and Naples know that South Florida is no exception to this general trend. Bedrooms can be as small as 10 feet x 10 feet. To put this into perspective, a queen size bed is about 6.5 feet by 5 feet. Wall beds go a long way in making the most of these limited spaces. A panel bed is both elegant and practical. It can be installed either vertically or horizontally, depending on room dimensions and preference. Imagine having an extra 30+ square feet of bedroom space.
Home Office Murphy Bed
Many of us don’t have both a home office and a guest bedroom. These functions are often awkwardly combined to create a room that doesn’t function well as either. A wall bed is the perfect solution for this dilemma. The Murphy library bed is particularly well suited for a home office. The built-in bookshelves can add as much as 50 square feet of storage to a room. Do you remember how many boxes you needed to empty your bookshelves the last time you moved?
How To Install A Murphy Bed
Installing a wall bed is not an easy do-it-yourself project. Fortunately for those of us lucky enough to live in the Ft Myers area, Home Office USA offers a variety of wall beds, and offers installation services. Drop by either our Fort Myers or Naples showroom to browse our inventory or schedule an in-home appointment for a 100% free, no obligation, custom quote.