How to Choose a Murphy Bed Mattress

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Murphy Beds have long been a clever space-saving option, and picking the right one for you is probably an involved process. While you’re picking out the best Murphy bed for your family, you might also be wondering what mattress is recommended for a Murphy bed. After all, with a bed that’s so unique, there must be special considerations that go into selecting a compatible mattress, right? 

The truth is that virtually any mattress can be used in a Murphy bed so long as it conforms to three key considerations:

  1. Mattress thickness
  2. Mattress comfort
  3. Mattress weight

Mattress Thickness

Thickness dictates whether or not a mattress will fit within the dimensions of the Murphy bed’s cabinet once it is in the upright position. This is where height (also known as the thickness) plays a major role when you consider your purchase. 

Each Murphy bed cabinet can accommodate a specific maximum thickness, which is listed in a product description. Keep in mind that you’ll also be storing linens and possibly pillows, which may increase the thickness of your mattress by an inch or two. The Lori Wall Bed can accommodate any mattress that is 12 inches tall (a relatively thick mattress) or less. If you’re not familiar with mattress size in terms of inches tall, that is OK.

These mattress sizes are readily available on the market and you shouldn’t have any trouble finding the right fit. In fact, a normal thickness ranges from 9 to 12 inches. Easily accessible retailers like Amazon, Overstock and Walmart all offer these options. If you’re looking for a budget option, IKEA has several low-cost, light-weight and comfortable mattresses to choose from.

Mattress Comfort and Firmness

Everyone has a preference when it comes to a mattress firmness. But what’s different from your daily bed is that this Murphy bed might also be used for frequent guests (like your adult kids or parents) or a rotation of guests who are each visiting infrequently. Based on how you think you’ll be using your Murphy bed, you can customize the comfort profile to your typical guest.

If the guest using your Murphy bed is concerned about back issues, according to Very Well Health, a firm 12-inch mattress that has several layers will provide extra pressure relief for the shoulders and lower back.

Murphy Bed mattresses are no more or less expensive than a traditional mattress—though you will save some money as you don’t need to buy a box spring for any Murphy bed. With that in mind, it is important to note, that the majority of the comfort comes from the mattress. While you’re shopping, feel the difference in firmness to decide the best option for you. If you plan to use your bed every day, you’ll want to pick a bed that suits your needs specifically. But if you plan to host friends and family, you might want to pick a bed with a more moderate level of firmness to accommodate a variety of preferences.

If you decide to purchase a Lori Wall Bed, it will be helpful to know that the platform is a firm, 100 percent supported surface, more like a foundation or platform than a box-spring, that might have a little bounce to it. Because of this, the structural integrity and firmness of your mattress will be better maintained.

Additionally, if you suspect you’ll only be using your Murphy bed once or twice per year, you might be able to get away with buying a more “economical” mattress, that presents a great initial comfort profile, as the mattress will take years before it starts to lose its initial shape. With very little wear and tear throughout the year, your mattress will sleep like new for several years. But if you’re going to be having guests over frequently, we don’t recommend this option.

Mattress Weight

Lastly, mattress weight matters for Murphy beds. When buying a Murphy bed, you should ask what the recommended range of mattress weight is. Your traditional Murphy bed with a spring or piston lifting mechanism will be applying a certain amount of force to assist with the opening and closing action. If your mattress is too light or heavy, it may make the mechanism a bit erratic, opening and closing the bed either too quickly or too slowly.

With the Lori Wall Bed, which doesn’t use a lifting mechanism, we recommend using as light-weight of a mattress as you’d find comfortable, such as a conventional inner-spring or latex foam mattress. Memory foam mattresses are heavy and will make lifting more difficult. The lighter your mattress, the easier the bed will be to lift. 

There is a misconception that Murphy Bed mattresses are fundamentally different from traditional mattresses, but the selection process is much the same, with the additional considerations being mattress thickness, firmness/comfort and mattress weight.

The good news is there are plenty of options on the market to help ensure sleep comes easy. Need help choosing the right mattress for your bed? Contact us and we’ll walk you through it.


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