Pull down wall bed

(21 Posts)
PastaBeeandCheese Sun 01-Sep-13 11:57:51

Would really like to have an extra guest bed in the Playroom of my new house but still have floor space the majority of the time.

Does anyone have an integrated pull down wall bed thingy? I think I would much prefer this to a sofa bed as my understanding is they take a proper mattress and are standard sizes.

I've found a couple of Internet companies that sell them but none of the websites provide much detail or prices.

Has anyone got one? What do you think of it?

PastaBeeandCheese Sun 01-Sep-13 20:34:43

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CanadianJohn Mon 02-Sep-13 06:50:46

In the US, a pull-down wall bed is called a "Murphy bed", and this link is to an article about someone who combined a Murphy bed with Ikea cabinets.

www.ikeafans.com/home/murphy-bed-ikea-pax

I'm in Canada, and therefore not much use for UK suppliers. Try googling for wall beds, pull-down beds, Murphy beds, etc.

CanadianJohn Mon 02-Sep-13 06:53:29

Well, that was easy, "wall bed" + UK got me several zillion links. Try this one. I didn't bother looking for price.

www.wall-beds.co.uk/

CanadianJohn Mon 02-Sep-13 06:58:34

Very cheap here

https://www.wallbedking.co.uk/

PastaBeeandCheese Mon 02-Sep-13 08:45:33

Thanks canadianjohn I didn't realise they were called Murphy beds in North America.

I was hoping to find a UK company someone could recommend as I have seem some google hits. I don't think they are very popular in the UK as I've never seen one and only got the idea from seeing it on Sarah Beeny's 'Double Your Home' show!

flow4 Mon 02-Sep-13 08:56:22

My DS2 wanted one of these, so I did some research. I soon discovered those sites don't give prices because these beds are hugely expensive - at least twice the price of a decent sofa bed and about 4 times the price of a normal one! If anyone finds a wall bed around the £400-500 mark, please let me know!

wonkylegs Mon 02-Sep-13 08:59:28

These show prices on their website.

Chewbecca Mon 02-Sep-13 09:03:50

pull down bed example
We have fitted wardrobes by Spacemaker (very pleased with them) & 2 different types of pull down bed are options with bedrooms or home offices. Something I'm going to look at when we get our study/spare bedroom done.

Chewbecca Mon 02-Sep-13 09:05:25

swing away was the other type, think this was the cheaper option.

PastaBeeandCheese Mon 02-Sep-13 09:52:46

This is what I feared flow4. I don't mind paying more than a decent sofa bed costs but 4 x the price is steep.

chewbecca the space savers look good. I don't want anything cheap and nasty looking or too bedroomy for a playroom. I'll check them out when I'm next in SE.

I think CanadianJohn's link to Ikeahackers might be the way to go. It seems easy enough to buy the bed mechanism but hard to get nice looking integrated affair.

DH was working out a way to do something like this where by you slide back book cases to reveal the bed: www.hideaway.co.uk/solutions/wall-bed-murphy-bed-frames-mechanisms/the-next-bed/

We are both good at DIY but could also look at what a carpenter would charge I guess.

MmeLindor Mon 02-Sep-13 13:58:11

I'd ask a local joiner to make it.

Do be warned though - You need to be careful that you fully air the bed before you put it away after use.

You can get them in Germany - we used to sell them when I worked over there, but presume they are as expensive as the US ones.

KarenIsabella Fri 07-Feb-14 08:36:44

I have one of these wall beds, mine is a "horizontal" one that folds out from the side as opposed to from the headboard end. There wasn't enough room to fit the vertically folding out one so we settled on the horizontal one. We bought from www.wallbedking.co.uk as they are by far the cheapest and got it installed by them.

I would definately go for a wall bed instead of a sofa bed as wall beds have a proper mattress rather than those thin mattresses that sofa beds have.

In my case I already had a spare tempur mattress so these guys fixed the frame to my wall, built the cabinet and put my mattress on it. Another tip if you order from this site use the discount "shippingfree" to get free delivery!

OnePlanOnHouzz Fri 07-Feb-14 13:08:23

Lamco in Poole Dorset have supplied these for clients before - if you are anywhere near the south coast ?! Really useful as frees up so much space for dual purpose rooms !!!

BobShalaby Sat 20-Dec-14 10:39:42

I have made this one March 2012
Bespoke Wall bed , wallbed , murphy bed , made to…: youtu.be/p7YbsboFvS0

whats4teamum Sat 20-Dec-14 22:32:25

It's the stuff of seventies sitcoms.

ilker Mon 06-Jul-15 04:08:49

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FishWithABicycle Mon 06-Jul-15 05:46:59

I had plans to get one of these but the rest of my plans changed so dramatically there's no longer the opportunity - but I did a lot of thinking.

Firstly - not all sofa beds have a thin uncomfortable mattress. Sofa beds by Willow and Hall for example are designed with much more space for a mattress so it can be properly sprung not just an inch of foam, and you can choose whether to have 12cm thick memory foam or 14cm open sprung or pockets sprung mattress.

If you stick with the wall bed plan the thing that was bugging me was the huge amount of wasted wall space so I was keen on one of these available in single for £1680 or double for £1920 plus another £390 for a shelving unit on top.

FishWithABicycle Mon 06-Jul-15 05:57:59

P.s. I also found this option to hang the bed from the ceiling instead - website is french though.

lentilpot Mon 06-Jul-15 23:19:53

My pils have one of these in the dining room and it's great - means the whole family can sleep in proper beds when we all go for the weekend. They bought the mechanism online and a local carpenter fitted it for them. They've put it in the middle of the wall, flanked by real bookshelves and cupboards.

It's a proper king size mattress so much more comfy than most sofa beds and mean they can have a nice dainty sofa in the living room. I think is only worth doing if you know you want it there for as long as you live in your property - wouldn't want to rip it out in a few years for a room reshuffle!

Out2pasture Mon 06-Jul-15 23:33:53

I have one smile in the computer room in case guests visit. i'm currently in Canada and picked it up on the Costco website. I did have to have reinforcement put in the wall to handle the weight. it's a queen size. it's been used half a dozen times and everyone loves it!!! definitely more comfortable than a sofa bed.

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