Murphy beds are the most popular piece of furniture for saving space in your home. Also known as a wall bed, fold-down bed, or hide-a-bed, it is an optimal solution for small spaces and multiple utilities.
A Murphy bed allows you to turn your sleeping area into a living space by folding the bed into a cabinet on the wall. A Murphy bed can double or even triple your floor area, which is ideal if you have a tiny apartment or want to add usefulness to one of your rooms.
How much does a Murphy bed cost?
The cost of a Murphy bed can be anywhere from $1,000 up to $15,000 or more, depending on several factors, which means it will be more expensive than a traditional bed. The average cost people find themselves spending is somewhere between $2,000 to $4,000. However, the price range greatly depends on the manufacturer, the size, the material from which is made, whether it is prefab or custom, the orientation of the mattress, the foldaway mechanism, and the features.
For a prefab Murphy bed, you can expect to pay somewhere from $1,000 up to $6,000, whilst for a custom fold-away bed the cost is anywhere from $3,000 up to $15,000. Usually, the prefab Murphy bed will turn into a bookshelf, when folded. When it comes to a customized Murphy bed, there are multiple ways to design it. For example adding lighting, shelves, pull-down tables, a sofa, crown molding, or cabinetry.
As we mentioned above, the size of a Murphy bed is a major factor that affects the cost. Below, we compiled a table that lists the sizes and the average costs for prefab and custom Murphy beds:
Murphy Bed prices based on the size
|Size||Prefab Bed (Installed)||Customized Bed (Installed)|
|Twin- Size Murphy Bed – 38” x 75” mattress||$1,500 to $2,000||$3,000 to $4,000|
|Double – 54” x 75” mattress||$2,000 to $3,000||$4,000 to $5,000|
|Queen – 60” x 80” mattress||$3,000 to $4,000||$5,000 to $6,500|
|King – 76” x 80” mattress||$3,500 to $6,000||$6,000 to $15,000|
If you consider purchasing a Murphy bed, keep in mind that there are three different types of tilting and this is another factor that will influence the cost. Depending on your preferences and needs, you can acquire a horizontal wall bed, vertical wall bed, or folding wall bed.
You will find below the costs for each type of bed:
|Tilt||Prefab Bed (Installed)||Customized Bed (Installed)|
|Vertical||$1,500 to $5,000||$3,000 to $8,000|
|Horizontal||$2,000 to $6,000||$4,000 to $15,000|
|Folding||$1,500 to $5,000||$4,000 to $8,000|
The brand that made the Murphy bed will also take a toll on the cost. Brands will have different cost ranges depending on the customization, size, features, and material. Usually, more affordable brands will use materials such as MDF or plywood, whilst the high-end brands will use stronger types of wood, such as oak, and will offer custom wood finishes.
To get an idea about the brands and their cost ranges, read the table below:
|Wall Bed Brand||Cost Range|
|California Closets||$2,000 to $6,000 installed|
|Wilding||$2,200 to $3,500|
|Murano||$3,000 to $5,000|
|Clei||$3,000 to $10,000|
|Milano||$5,500 to $10,000|
|LGM||$10,000 to $15,000|
Based on our research, California Closets offers some of the most affordable prefabricated Murphy beds with minimum customization.
The Wildings company also has good prices and offers premium wood finishes like mahogany or cherry. Take into consideration that the installation fee is not included in the cost listed above.
Murphy beds from Murano, are well-known for their optional customization, such as desks, built-in storage, and others.
A high-end brand that provides customized Murphy beds is Clei company. The company manufactures one-of-a-kind beds in Italy.
Another high-end company that imports Murphy beds is Milano. They make some of the most unique and top-of-the-line customized beds. The cost mentioned above will not include the installation fee and based on the features that you require, the prices can increase considerably.
LGM wall beds are manufactured by Resource Furniture. These beds are one of the most popular high-end products, with several customization options and high-quality materials.
From what we researched, at Walmart, you can purchase a Nantucket Murphy Bed Freestanding Chest (Queen size) for $1,824.99, with a compatible mattress included.
Another retail store, Costco, sells wall beds with costs from $1,200 up to $3,500. The beds from these two stores, will not need professional installation. When folded, they turn into bookshelves or drawers.
On ValetCuston.com, you can find various customized Murphy beds, with costs from $3,000 to $12,000. They provide different customization options such as shelving, cabinetry, nightstands, sofas, and others. For example, if you want to add a wardrobe cabinet with cherry veneer, you can expect to pay over $4,500.
Keep in mind that the Murphy bed cost range greatly depends on where you purchase it from, material, mechanism, size, and customization. Especially when it comes to customized wall beds, every feature will have a different cost, so the overall price will greatly differ.
The Denver Post stated that California Closets designs some of the most extravagant wall beds with costs that can go up to $20,000.
What are the extra costs?
Mattresses may be an extra cost. Some Murphy beds may not have a mattress included, and depending on the size and type, the costs can go from $500 up to $3,000 for the mattress alone.
As we mentioned above, extra features, such as lighting, nightstands, USB ports, or sofas will increase the cost. For example, a small sofa that folds out separately can cost from $300 up to $1,000.
Some companies charge the delivery extra, and the cost will depend on the distance from the store to your home and the size of the wall bed.
An extended warranty will definitely come with an extra cost. As it comes with additional parts to attach to the wall, a Murphy bed needs an extended warranty mre than a regular bed.
Also, companies that import Murphy beds, pay a shipping fee that is usually passed down to the end customer.
An extra cost may be considered the installation fee. Some retailers will not include this cost in your quotation, so be sure to ask about this aspect. For a basic Murphy bed, the installation fee will be $200 to $600.
Important things to consider
For lower ceilings, a horizontal wall bed is recommended in order to ensure it fits.
Generally, Murphy beds are 18 inches above the floor, but if you opt for a customized one, you can require it to be as high as 21 inches.
The dimensions of a closed twin Murphy bed are 45½ wide, 81 inches tall, and 16 inches deep. Closed double Murphy beds are 59 ½ inches wide, 81 inches tall, and 16 inches deep. A little larger will be the queen-sized Murphy bed. When closed, the dimensions will be 65½ inches wide, 86 inches tall, and 16 inches deep.
Typically, Murphy beds come with a minimum of ten years warranty.
Thin and lightweight mattresses are recommended for Murphy beds, for easier folding and storing.
How can I save money?
Look for different retailers to compare the costs and features.
There are some companies that have included the installation fee in the total cost.
Usually, prefabricated wall beds do not require professional installation. However, this work requires two people and a toolbox.
You can use your existing mattress if its measurements are compatible with the new pull-down bed.
At retail stores such as Walmart or Costco, you can find affordable wall beds with mattresses included.
You can also DIY a Murphy bed. Spruce.com stated that you can build your own wall bed with a Murphy Bed Kit that can cost as little as $300 to $500.
Consider building your own Murphy bed. Becky at yourmodernfamily.com put together a very helpful how-to guide, showing you how it’s possible to build a Murphy bed for less than $150.