Sofa bed or Murphy bed?

A sofa bed and a Murphy (wall) bed are two great options that will help you get more value and space out of your home in Riviera Nayarit. Rather than paying condo fees every month for space that you infrequently use, why not get better value from that space? With these space-saving solutions, a spare bedroom can quickly transform into a media or TV room, home office, or reading room. When company comes, you can easily convert the room back to a spare bedroom. To help you decide which is the right solution for you, check out how they compare in some key areas.
Safety: When they are installed and used correctly, both the Murphy bed and the sofa bed are generally safe. Do not worry about either folding up on you when you are in it. When you purchase a mechanism that has hydraulics, the Murphy bed is not meant to fall quickly from the upright position. Remember that most accidents happen when the items are improperly used or are subpar in quality. It is essential to be wary of their pinch points. Pinch points are the lockable hinges that are required to make furniture convertible. With both solutions, it is crucial to be cautious to ensure your fingers do not get trapped. With a murphy bed, you will most likely need to attach it to a load-bearing wall if you opt for a larger size.
Comfort: Comfort is all about the mattress. When it comes to comfort, either is a good option since both now come with good mattresses. In the old days, sofa beds were constructed with very thin mattresses because they had to fold up. As a result, you could feel the metal rod in the middle of your back when you slept on it. Today, you can get memory foam mattresses that are thick, and they fold easily. Good sofa beds are made with webbing so that they do not have the rod in the middle. Almost any mattress will work for a Murphy bed. It just needs to be no thicker than the depth of the wall cabinet.
Ease of use: This depends on the quality of the mechanism. Cheap sofa and wall beds use cheap mechanisms that will quickly rust in our humid, oceanside environment. Rusty mechanisms make it very difficult to open and close the bed. Quality mechanisms ensure it will always be easy to convert the sofa or murphy bed. With the right sofa and Murphy bed mechanism, the bed will glide smoothly and efficiently. Both are easy to use if you invest in proper quality mechanics.
Amount of use: If this is your primary bed or if it is going to be used frequently and needs to accommodate two adults, the Murphy bed is your better bet. A queen sofa bed is approximately 84 inches wide by 90 inches long when opened. Anything smaller (Full or individual size) will be less comfortable because it does not have the width for more than one person.
Convenience: A downside of most sofa beds is that you have them up every night. There are a few available where you can leave the sheets on, and they have a cubby built in so you can store pillows and blankets. With a Murphy bed, you can pull it down and hop in. When it comes to convenience, the Murphy bed is the winner.
Best use of space: As long as you have a lot of space, both options will work. If space is limited, such as in a small room, the better option may be the Murphy bed. Most people do not realize that Murphy beds can be built to fold out either vertically or horizontally. Depending on the dimensions of your room, the better bet may be a horizontal Murphy bed since it will take up less space when open.
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Sheryl Novak
Sheryl Novak is an expat Canadian who has owned a home in Mexico for over ten years. She is the owner of SOLutions Mexico – the online furniture store for your home in Mexico and The Furniture Store by SOLutions Mexico, a brick and mortar show store in Bucerias. She is considered the expert on sourcing all styles of furniture for all sizes of budgets, in Mexico.