Murphy beds have been around since the 1900s and many safety improvements have been implemented since William L. Murphy’s first iteration. Following careful instructions from your Boston Murphy bed installers will help protect you, your family, and your home. Consider these other safety tips.
Have the Bed Installed by a Professional
It can be tempting to make your own DIY Murphy bed if you have some carpentry experience and/or enjoy tinkering around. However, it is a temptation that should be avoided. A Murphy bed must be perfectly fastened to the wall and balanced out in such a way that it remains closed when it is not in use and doesn’t close when someone is on it. Additionally, you could damage your walls and/or floors by making mistakes when building your own Murphy bed.
Reputable companies such as Closet & Storage Concepts in Franklin can help you create a Murphy bed that is not only safe but also perfectly designed to meet your needs. Such beds will not only look good but also work properly both now and in the future.
Clear off the Clutter
Never try to shut a Murphy bed with a bunch of extra stuff on top. Murphy beds are not designed to be closet substitutes. Although your unit may be designed to close with a light blanket on top, never try to force your unit closed with additional bedding. Err on the side of caution and store heavy or excess bedding separately to prevent the bed from opening unexpectedly or causing a malfunction.
Get a Lock
A well-made Murphy bed should stay closed even without a lock. In addition, cabinet doors may have additional safety equipment or safety locks. However, parents of small children may not want to risk having a young child climb on the bed unit and accidentally open it. Properly locking the bed and showing your children how to do so prevents accidents and gives you peace of mind.
Never Tamper with a Murphy Bed
Call a professional, usually the company that did the original installation, if your Murphy bed won’t close or open for some reason. Never attempt to fix the problem yourself as you could damage portions of the bed that ensure it remains closed when not in use. Trying to fix the problem yourself could also void the warranty.
Murphy beds are a great alternative to fold-out sofas as the beds are comfortable, space-efficient, and available in many styles, sizes, and colors. Thankfully, Murphy beds are also safe if you follow the tips outlined above. Have the bed installed by a professional, close it right, lock it, and have it professionally maintained. Your Boston Murphy bed experts at Closet & Storage Concepts have safely installed hundreds of units in the greater New England area. We are ready to help you double your space in a safe and efficient manner. Give us a call today to get started!