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Frequently Asked Questions


Learn more about Lori Wall Beds and find answers to common questions. Don't see your question here? Send us an email on our contact page.

Q: How does the bed work without a lifting / lowering mechanism?

A: Unlike other murphy beds, there are no mechanical aids for lifting and lowering the platform. While helpful, these mechanics are expensive and pretty difficult to install when building a wall bed yourself; everything has to line up perfectly or it won’t work well. Rather, the bed platform "rolls" up and down along the rounded wooden "rockers" at the floor.

Read more about the unique features of the Lori Wall Bed on our Discover page.

Q: Is the platform heavy to lift?

A: Compared to a bed with mechanical lifting aids, yes. You will be supporting the weight of the platform and mattress when opening and closing the bed. For some this will be no problem, and for others it could be a struggle. Lori is around 5’ 4” and 120 lbs and can manage any of these beds. Lifting with your legs and with good posture is key to using the bed safely.

 Our tips for making lifting easier:

 Q: What keeps the bed in the upward position?

A: The bed has several safety features. First of all, once your mattress is strapped to your platform, the counterweight creates a natural tendency to remain upright. On top of that our plans use window sash locks to secure the platform to the cabinet in the upright position. Finally, the cabinet must be attached to the wall using toggle bolts for drywall (provided in our kits), or other anchoring method for other wall types. Please engage the sash locks whenever the bed is in the upright position.

Despite these safety features, the Lori Wall Bed is still a tall, heavy piece of furniture. If you have concerns about children or pets climbing on the shelves or playing with the locks, you should attach additional locks such as padlocks or hidden sliding bolt locks.

Q: What kind of wood do I need?

A: Full wood shopping and cut lists are included with our plans, but you have the freedom to choose any variety of wood you like. Birch, pine and poplar are common cost-effective choices.

Q: Where can I buy the materials I need?

A: The wood used in our plans can be easily found at your local big-box hardware store, lumber yard or hardwood mill. The screws and other hardware can be found at your hardware store, online, or buy one of our kits to get the hardware all in one place, without having to buy large boxes of each item.

Q: What kind of mattresses will I need?

A: The Lori Wall Bed will work with any mattress up to 11.5 inches thick. If you wish to store a comforter, bed spread or other thick bedding on the mattress, ensure it adds up to a total of no more than 11.5 inches in thickness.

Q: Can I use a thicker mattress?

A: Yes. Just make the cabinet sides and top a little deeper to accommodate your mattress. You may need to recalculate your wood purchase if you vary significantly from the plans.

Q: How does the mattress stay put?

A: The mattress rests on a 2x4 board at the head of the bed, and the foot of the mattress is held by straps, such as the custom straps provided in our hardware kit.

Q: What type of flooring does the bed need to be on?

A: Lori Wall Beds work well on any even flooring surface.

Q: How long will it take me to build my own Lori Wall Bed? 

A: Depending on your skill level, it could take three to seven days. Sanding your bed alone can take quite awhile, but pays off in the quality of your finish. Depending on the finish you choose and the number of coats you need, your total time can also increase. 

Q: What tools do I need for this project?

A: There is always a balance to be struck here. Good tools last a lifetime, save project time and provide better end results, but the costs can add up quickly. Buying cheaper tools or using something that’s not ideal for the job decrease the project cost, but can cause more hassle and less ideal results. Think about your budget and how much more woodworking you plan to do in your life when considering what tools to get for the project.

Here are what we consider the essentials.

 A miter saw (i.e. tabletop saw or chop saw) will make cutting boards to length easier, but this could be accomplished with a circular saw or jigsaw and cutting guide. Clamps are always helpful as an extra pair of hands, and a power sander and/or belt sander makes sanding a lot easier.

Q: How much will it cost to build my own Lori Wall Bed?

A: It usually varies from $200 to $400 and is largely driven by the grade of wood you choose and the prices at your lumberyard. 

Q: How much space do I need?

A: The bed dimension chart shows the requirements for each bed. In addition, we recommend having at least three feet of extra space in front of the unfolded bed to give yourself room for lifting and lowering (to calculate this, add the height of your bed + depth of the cabinet + 36 inches).

Bed Size/Orientation
Vertical Queen
Vertical Double/Full
Vertical Twin 
Horizontal Queen
Horizontal Full
Horizontal Twin