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Murphy Bed Introduction & FAQS

Updated: Nov 21, 2021

Do you want know more about Murphy beds?

Here are some guides to your questions.


Why murphy beds are costly?

Ans : Professional installation ( Murphy bed installation requires assembly of the cabinet box/carcass, trimming and leveling box to the wall, assembly of bed frame mechanism, final adjustment of alignment and mechanism lifting strength ) these steps takes approximately 3 to 4hours by a professional installer and also not forgetting about the delivery charges.


Which type of wood should you be looking at for your cabinetry?

Ans : For safety reasons, you should go for plywood as they are balanced in terms of strength and weight. As murphy beds are mechanical and relies on the wood structure to operate, any water or moisture damage can cause engineered wood panels such as (MDF/Chipboard/Compressed wood) to break and collapse.


Which type of mechanism is better?

Ans : There are many type of mechanism available in the market, light duty vs heavy duty.

A light duty mechanism like "Sgmurphybed" can holds up to 350kg weight limit where other heavy duty mechanism may hold up to 500kg. Depending on your concerns, both have their advantages and disadvantages. Heavy duty bed frames are costly, heavy and requires extremely high power gas springs to lift the bed, in a situation where the gas spring fail it can fall with a weight of at least 120kg and it can be fatal.





What type of Cabinetry are available in the market?

Ans : Pre-Fabricated furniture, Modular system furniture and Built in carpentry.


Pre Fabricated furniture are fabricated at oversea at a mass quantity and sold all over the world, typically using cheap engineered wood like MDF/Partical board /Compressed wood panels for the carcass.

Modular system furniture allows mild customisation at a cost slightly more than pre fabricated ones as it requires special programming, CNC machining and special fittings. It greatly reduces the labour costs as most of the process are done by High-Tech CNC machines. Modular cabinetry also allows you to dismantle and reassemble the furniture, just like any furniture you buy from Ikea.

Lastly, taking on a built in carpentry enable you to freely customise the type of design as you want. But due to interior designer and carpenter involved, it can easily cost more than $5000 for a set of built in carpentry works with Murphy bed.





What are the types of Laminate in the market?

PVC - Pvc is a decorative laminate that were commonly used by carpenters for the interior of built in cabinets. It is low cost and easy to maintain. Pvc laminate does not act as a protective layer for the wood therefore scratches can be easily made without proper handling.

MELAMINE - Melamine laminate are usually used for pre fabricated furniture, it is being pressed together with the wood panel at a massive volume, then cut repetitively with the same sizes to lower cost in production. Melamine laminates are more durable than pvc as it has a layer of lacquer coating, but they are limited to designs and does not come with embossed texture. High pressure laminate (HPL) aka formica etc- HPL laminates are being pressed at high pressure with many layers of coating, thus creating a very hard surface that is suitable to use as table and commercial purposes.






Does the bed stay holds at all position while opening?

Sgmurphybed allow the use of your existing mattress on our mechanism. All local sizes

Single (920x1900mm)

Super single (1070x1900mm)

Queen (1520x1900mm)

King (1830x1900mm)


Our gas spring supports up to 60kg mattresses (recommended 40kg and below) and is able to hold the bed at most positions without free falling.


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