Murphy Wall Bed Guidelines
When you measure a room for a Murphy bed consider the height, width and depth of the bed when it is in the closed and open positions. When the bed is open – look at the projection – this is the length from the wall to the edge of the bed frame. Certainly, these dimensions will provide you with a better understanding of how the bed will fit into your space.
- Height – your ceiling height must be at least 2 1/2″ taller than the height of the wall bed
- Width is measured from both sides of the outside of the molding to the outside of the molding
- Depth is the dimension from the wall to the front of the face of the bed, in the closed position
- Projection is the dimension from the wall to the outside of the bed frame, in the open position
Sliding Library / Bi-Fold / Pivoting Wall Bed
With this style of Murphy wall bed you need two 30″ wide bookcases in front of the bed and two 30″ wide cabinets on either side of the bed and that equals 120 inches. You need to include the sliding mechanism header that extends about 2″ on each side which may not be accounted for when calculating the overall cabinet dimensions.
If adding crown molding, add 4” to the sides and 3” to the top. You will need at MINIMUM 8.5 FOOT ceilings to allow for the installation.
Sliding Library Approximate Sizes
Full – 124”w x 87” x 28”d
Queen – 136”w x 93”h x 28”d
King – 172”w x 93”h x 28”d
Vertical Wall Bed
Basically, this bed resembles a normal bed when it is open. It allows you to enter the bed from either side. The vertical bed will extend more into the room than the horizontal bed. This style of Murphy bed works best in spaces with enough ceiling height for the bed cabinet. It is very important to think about ceiling fans. For instance, when pulling down the bed, you need to be sure you have enough ceiling space. Above all, you must avoid contact with the fan and lighting.
Horizontal Wall Bed
This style of bed is best for rooms with low ceilings. Therefore, you do not have to worry about ceiling fans and lights. The bed frame is side mounted with the wider side towards the wall rather than the top of the bed like a vertical bed.
Murphy Wall Bed Sizes
Twin – 45”w x 82h” x 17”d
Full – 60”w x 82h” x 17”d
Queen – 66”w x 87”h x 17”d
King – 82”w x 87”h x 17”d