Should you build a Horizontal or Vertical style Murphy wall bed?

Which wall bed style is best suited for your space?

Discover the  differences between the two styles of Murphy bed configurations below and how you can benefit from each configuration!

The Vertical Wall Mount Murphy Bed Setup

The vertical Murphy bed mounts upright and requires at least 90 inches of floor to ceiling clearance

A vertical Murphy bed is great for any spaces that have regular ceiling heights of at least 83 inches from the floor to the ceiling.
This vertical set up allows endless customization options such as placing bookcases on the sides of the bed cabinet to add even more storage which makes this Murphy bed set up a very attractive and versatile option for any space. You can also build it into closet systems such as the Ikea bedroom closet sets.

This is a great option for everyday use since it is like a regular bed after you open it and  of course the bed conveniently hides away when not in use.

The Horizontal Wall Mount Murphy Bed Setup

The horizontal Murphy bed mounts sideways and requires less floor to ceiling clearance

A horizontal or side-tilt Murphy bed is great for tight spaces that have low ceilings clearances of at least 47 inches from the floor to the ceiling.
In most cases you can build a bookcase on top of the bed cabinet to add even more storage which makes this Murphy bed set up a very attractive and versatile option for any space with low ceilings. However this bed configuration can be used in spaces with regular ceiling heights.
The horizontal style or side mount wall bed is also ideal if you would like to install a TV on the wall above the bed cabinet.
Of course you can also place the TV with the stand on top of the bed cabinet.
You have unlimited customization options with the horizontal wall bed set up.

The only minor disadvantage of the horizontal set up versus the vertical set up is that if 2 people are sleeping on the bed, it may be inconvenient for the person sleeping on the inside to come out while the other person is sleeping on the bed since one would be in the middle.

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