Murphy Beds – The Reason They Might Work For You

There is a time when living the suburban dream is ideal. You have kids running around the house, a couple dogs, and friends and family visiting for the holidays. Having a large home is something to enjoy and take pride in but then the children all grow up and all that space is just down right impractical so you start to dream about a two-bedroom condo in the city. No more Sunday afternoon lawn work, no more painting the chipping paint on the house, no more worrying about the roof, it sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? But, where does the family stay when they come to visit? Two bedrooms is not a lot of space and being able to use the second as a home office or den and not have it cluttered with bedroom furniture would be ideal. The best way to optimize space and function is with a Murphy wall bed.

This bed stores in a wall cabinet that opens and the bed folds down. The cabinetry can be included in the design for a home office or den and this will afford your guest a comfortable night’s sleep. Having a blow up mattress on hand is great for those emergency overflow instances, but you want your guests to be comfortable and sleep in a real bed and in a private room, not on the floor or in the living room.

The Murphy bed has been around since the late 1800’s when people were moving to the cities and living in small one-room apartments. It was impractical, not to mention inappropriate, to entertain in the only room that contained a bed so this invention came out of the need for more usable space. Not only could you get beds that lowered from the wall, but larger pieces of furniture were designed to contain a fold away bed.

Throughout the last 150 years populations have moved into cities, out of cities and now, once again, into cities. Having a lovely 3,000 square foot house in the suburbs works well for some of us, but more and more people are attracted to the amenities of city life. Empty nesters, young professionals and even families are attracted to the buzz of the city. This creates the need to problem solve the space issues that come hand in hand with apartment dwelling.

Living in smaller spaces just requires more initial planning and a creative approach to using your space. Instead of having a room for everything, certain spaces must serve double duty and allotting space for a guest bedroom is impossible. That is unless your home office turns into private sleeping quarters by simply opening a cabinet. So whether your kids will be home for college or your parents are joining you for the holidays or you just have friends from out of town, you don’t need to rearrange the entire place in order to provide a blow up mattress in the living room. You have thought it through and your home office will magically transform into a comfortable refuge for your house guests. The Murphy wall bed solves the problem of having sleeping quarters when your square footage is not vast.

How to Move Furniture

Of all the difficulties involved in moving to a new home, perhaps none is more taxing than moving furniture. Tables, beds, wardrobes, and dressers tend to be bulky and heavy. Lifting them, even with help, can be difficult. Even once they’re off the ground they can be difficult to move around tight corners and up stairs. There are a number of considerations you need to make before you move your furniture. You need to ensure that each piece is protected from damage during the move, and that there is space in your new home for every of them. This simple guide will help you with your move by giving you some easy tips that will make moving furniture considerably less stressful.

Begin by examining a floorplan of your new home. Measure every piece of large furniture and position them as you want them in this new space. This will solve a number of problems before move-in day arrives, as you will already have a sense of where you would like your furniture placed. There are a variety of computer programs available which have been designed for this very purpose.

The next step is to disassemble what you can. Remove legs, arms, and tabletops. Keep like pieces together and store the hardware and small screws in labeled sandwich bags. This step is one of the most time-consuming, so get it done early to save yourself the hassle later. Remove all cushions from chairs and sofas and place them in large plastic bags. Garbage bags work well for this application. If you have any fine wood antiques, you should apply a surface coating of wax to protect them from scratching during the move. Don’t worry about cleaning anything at this point, as most of it will accumulate some dust and grime during the move. You can clean everything once it is where you would like it in your new home.

Be sure to enlist help when you are unpacking and moving your furniture. It is dangerous to attempt to lift heavy pieces of furniture by yourself, and it would take considerably more time to do it alone. When moving large pieces of furniture, like sofas or boxsprings, it is often helpful to tilt the piece vertically. This will make its effective horizontal length shorter, allowing you to maneuver it around corners and through doorways more easily. Move larger items first, as smaller items will take up valuable space and make navigating with items like dressers and mattresses more difficult. Take each piece to its respective room and position it as you had earlier planned. Reassemble tables, desks, and chairs. Replace all of the cushions you removed before packing. Now you can begin cleaning any dust or grime that may have been transferred to the furniture during the move.