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FAQs

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  1. Are wallbeds comfortable?
  2. Can my bedding be stored in the cabinet?
  3. How much does a wallbed cost?
  4. How do I order a Murphy wallbed and cabinet?
  5. What sizes of wallbeds do you supply?
  6. What is the difference between the traditional bed and the panel bed?
  7. What is the difference between Headmount and Sidemount beds?
  8. How do I choose wallbed cabinetry?
  9. Can I visit your showroom?
  10. What type of wallbed frame should I choose?
  11. I need a cabinet to match my existing furniture. Can you help?
  12. Can you supply additional cabinetry in non-standardised sizes?
  13. Can I use any mattress for my wallbed?
  14. Will you make a site visit before I order?
  15. Do you offer a fitting service in the UK?
  16. How easy is it to fit a bed and cabinetry?
  17. Who will install my wallbed?
  18. Can I come and view wallbeds at your premises?
  19. Do I have to have a cabinet with my wallbed?
  20. Do I need a headboard?
  21. What are “cutouts”?
  22. What are the lead-times for delivery of a Wallbed?
  23. How does a Murphy Wallbed work?
  24. Can a frame be attached to any floor?
  25. How will my delivery be made?
  26. How long are Murphy wallbeds guaranteed?
  27. Can I take the wallbed with me if I move house?

Are wallbeds comfortable?
Yes! They are designed for everyday use.  One client has told us, on his new wallbed, he slept through the whole night for the first time in 10 years!

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Can my bedding be stored in the cabinet?
Yes.  In the morning, you need only fold in the sides of the duvet and fix the bedding in place with a clip strap.  The bed is then all ready for the next use.

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How much does a wallbed cost?
A double Murphy bedframe is £420.00 inc VAT.  A double Murphy bedframe in our Budget cabinet is £1,052.00 inc VAT.  Please send us your exact requirements and we will send you a comprehensive, personal  costing by email.

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How do I order a Murphy wallbed and cabinet?
Firstly, check your room dimensions to ensure your wallbed and cabinetry will fit your space!  You can either order via our enquiry form on the internet, or you may prefer to ring us to discuss any questions you may have.  We always confirm our prices to you in writing including delivery and, if required, fitting, and will send an invoice for the deposit payment which can be made either by cheque or direct payment to our bank.

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What sizes of wallbeds do you supply?
We are able to source bedframes in single, double, king and superking sizes.

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What is the difference between the traditional bed and the panel bed?
The traditional cabinetry has doors which fold to the left and right, wardrobe style. (2 doors for the single, 3 doors for the double, 4 doors for the king). Where there are no adjacent cabinets, the doors will fold right round to the sides of the unit. The traditional bedframe has a leg which folds out automatically when the bed is pulled down. An additional folding headboard is available for traditional beds. Depth of cabinet 520mm (including doors) compared with 420mm for the panel bed. The panel bed has flat panels attached to the underside of the bed which is ideal where there are adjacent cabinets. The panel bed has a leg which has to be lowered manually when the bed is pulled down. There is a fixed, sloping headboard with the panel bed. The panel bed has a narrower unit, 420mm depth (including doors) compared with 520mm for the traditional cabinetry

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What is the difference between Headmount and Sidemount beds?
Headmount beds are also referred to as “Vertical” where the head of the bedframe is fixed to the wall.  Sidemount beds or “horizontal” beds are ideal where ceiling height is restricted as the side of the bed is attached to the wall, resulting in a lower cabinet.   A consideration with a sidemount bed is that the bed is only accessible from one side. Options for the headmount beds is to have additional cabinetry to the sides, whereas with sidemount, extra storage can be added above, where height allows.

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How do I choose wallbed cabinetry?
We offer three standard ranges of cabinetry, Budget, Economy and Vinyl Wrap.  The Budget cabinetry is available in flat panel doors in white finish only, whilst the Economy is a range of flat panel doors with a large selection of wood finishes.  If the bed is to be used everyday, and especially in a tenanted situation, we recommend the Vinyl Wrap finish as it is very hard wearing.  The Vinyl Wrap finish comes in a wide variety of finishes and door styles which can be viewed on our website or alternatively, if you are a local customer, we hold a selection of sample doors in our workshop in Hounslow.  We are also able to send out small samples of the vinyl wrap finish for colour matching purposes.  Please phone us and ask.

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Can I visit your showroom?
As we manufacture to order, we do not have a showroom.  However, visitors are welcome to come to our workshop to discuss designs and see the range of sample doors we hold.  To see a range of fitted  bedframes, please contact our supplier, Murphy Wallbeds UK Ltd, who are some 3 miiles from us.  HYPERLINK

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What type of wallbed frame should I choose?
There are a variety of frames on the market and all have their pros and cons.  This is our opinion of some of the beds on the market:-

Murphy Wallbed (our preferred frame)
Perhaps the best known and the oldest.  These frames originate many years ago in America and are supplied via us and Murphy Wallbeds UK - like Hoover they have become the generic term for any folding bed.  Murphy frames are tough and robust and come in single, double and kingsize for the headmount bed and single and double sidemount. Murphy are so confident of their frames, they come with a lifelong warranty.

These all mount to the floor and use springs to return the bed into the upright position.  The doors fold to the side.  In the case of the single, the two doors can be bifold to fold to one side only, or can be like a traditional wardrobe and fold one door to each side. The doors on our cabinetry fold back a full 270o which means, where space allows, the doors fold back against the sides of the cabinets.  For the double,there are two  bifold  doors and one single door.
For some, the doors folding to the side is a downside but these cabinets and frames are ideal for buy to let properties as the doors are easily replaced.  A new Murphy range shortly to be launched  competes well with the Hideaway style of beds with a front cabinet panel pulling down out of sight with the bedframe.  The Murphy frames are ideal for a DIY project - the instructions are provided with the frame - just read them through and follow in a logical fashion.

The Hideaway Bed
The Hideaway frames are made so that the doors, metal frame and mattress descend all as one, either as a single panel with flip over legs or hinged so that the top doors become the leg.  The strain on the cabinet is high and the manufacture and installation should not be attempted by the amateur woodworker.  We will use Hideaway frames in cabinetry if requested.

Wentel Frames
These perform in a similar fashion to a Murphy frame and are delivered complete only requiring fixing to the floor.  Also an established brand, their drawback is access problems - not suitable for tight spiral staircases!  Wentel frames also come in a wide range of sizes, up to Superking.

There are many other frames at varying costs.  Some use complex systems of hydraulics and exotic components which may, in the course of time, have the downside of requiring potentially obsolete components.

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I need a cabinet to match my existing furniture. Can you help
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Being bespoke furniture makers, we are able to manufacture cabinetry for most situations.  We offer a bespoke veneering and spray painting service - please contact us for more details.

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Can you supply additional cabinetry in non-standardised sizes?
We make all our cabinetry to order so if you require additional storage, workspace areas or a shelf area to your wallbed we can help.  So that we can give an accurate quote, please provide us with additional information including the dimensions of your room, ceiling heights, positions of doors and windows/plug sockets etc.  A digital photo is also useful.

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Can I use any mattress for my wallbed?
Whilst we are happy to provide mattresses with our wallbeds, some customers prefer to try out and purchase locally.  The beds take a standard size mattress corresponding to the frame size you choose and the standard cabinetry depth of 15” accommodates a mattress  approx 7” deep.  The depth of the cabinet can be increased to suit deeper mattresses.

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Will you make a site visit before I order?
We are able to make site visits within London and the Home Counties but we do make a charge for this of £100.00 + VAT which is refundable from the purchase cost.  We prefer to quote as accurately as possible from information provided prior to making a site visit so that you do not incur unnecessary costs.

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Do you offer a fitting service in the UK?

At present, we offer a fitting service within the M25 and Home Counties only.  However, the beds are designed for installation by a competent DIY-er.   

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How easy is it to fit a bed and cabinetry?
The beds and cabinetry have been designed for the DIY market.  You can see the assembly instructions on our website prior to purchase and we are on the end of the telephone to talk through any problems you may have during the fitting procedure.

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Who will install my wallbed?
We have a small team of qualified furniture makers so you will often find that the two man team fitting your wallbed also manufactured the cabinetry in the workshop.  (We do also have one female fitter).

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Can I come and view wallbeds at your premises?
Being bespoke furniture makers and making to order, we do not carry a range of ready to sell items in stock.  We welcome visitors to our workshop in Hounslow where we can show samples of cabinetry finishes and discuss design solutions.  Our bedframe supplier, also based in Hounslow, has several bedframes for demonstration purposes.  Please do just phone  in advance to make an appointment so we can guarantee our staff will not be on site fitting.

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Do I have to have a cabinet with my wallbed?
No, the cabinet is not essential to the functioning of a Murphy wallbed.  Some people prefer to spread the cost and purchase the frame first and contact us at a later date for cabinetry.  If you require the frame only, please contact our supplier who will be happy to help.

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Do I need a headboard?
The bed cabinetry comes with a standard back board behind the bed.  However, where the bed is in frequent use, we would recommend a headboard which folds away with the bed as this supports the pillows and stops them from falling behind the bedframe!  We offer a range of headboards from £39.00 for the single size. Please see the Prices page.

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What are “cutouts”?
If you send us a drawing of the profile of your skirting board/pipes we will “cutout” the side panels of the wallbed cabinet so that you can achieve a better fit.

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What are the lead-times for delivery of a Wallbed?
Lead-times are 4-6 weeks for wallbeds and cabinetry but sometimes this can be quicker. Lead-times will be advised at time of ordering.  Frames (without cabinetry) can often be sourced from our supplier from stock.

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How does a Murphy Wallbed work?
SIMPLE! This is a counter-balanced spring mechanism, bolted to your floor safely.  You simply pull the bed down and lift it back up.

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Can a frame be attached to any floor?
Generally speaking, yes, although if you have underfloor heating it is essential to know the layout of the pipes etc.  Beds can be fixed to solid floors, floorboards and laminate although in some instances may require additional fixing to the skirting and possibly cabinet.

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How will my delivery be made?
Your delivery will be made by our own delivery driver on a day pre-arranged with you and an estimated time of delivery is also given.   If your wallbed is being supplied on a “self assembly” basis, we would ask that someone is available to assist our driver with unloading as he will be making the delivery alone.

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How long are Murphy wallbeds guaranteed?
The Murphy wallbed frames have a lifelong warranty.

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Can I take the wallbed with me if I move house?
Yes.

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Fitted Furniture

product news

Range of gloss colours now available

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Additional Wall Bed Images now on-line

In addition to our 3 standard ranges, we offer a bespoke design and manufacture service. Please ask us for more details.

Click here to see some examples of completed wallbed projects