Vertical Vs Horizontal

Choose between two orientations. Murphy Bed Vertical Vs Horizontal

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!

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Finished Dimensions For The Easy DIY Wall Bed Cabinets

When you purchase an Easy DIY Murphy Bed, you will need to follow our instructions to build a professional grade, functional Murphy bed. Before you purchase a hardware kit, you must choose the size of the build that you are going to build.

We offer Murphy bed hardware for 3 common size: Twin/Single, Double/ Full and Queen size. Murphy wall beds are very heavy when you build it, because there are a few heavy wooden parts. By attaching the hardware according to our instruction that come with an Easy DIY Murphy Bed kit, the pistons will counter balance the weight of the bed frame and the mattress, so it will become easy to open and close your wall bed. That is why it is important to keep the mattress weight within a certain range to avoid issues when you complete your bed. A mattress over the specified weight would make the bed frame over heavy for the rated pistons and therefore the bed frame would be heavier to lift off the floor.

Murphy beds come in two styles, you can build them vertically or horizontally. The most popular Murphy beds are the vertical Murphy bed, but sometimes when there are height issues, it would be the best to build your bed horizontally. If you want to put a TV, or build a book case on top of your Murphy bed horizontal Murphy beds will be the best option. The finished dimensions of each size Murphy bed are available on our website, so you can refer to them before you purchase a Murphy bed hardware kit.

It is important to measure your space to make sure that you can fit the size of Murphy bed you are planning to purchase. Also, you will need to check for the ceiling fan or the light fixtures in the room. If you have a low ceiling for example in basements horizontal Murphy beds are more suitable.

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What’s Included in an Easy DIY Murphy Bed Hardware Kit?

A pair of premium square tube fold-up legs

A set of lower piston plates with integrated bed pivot

A set of upper piston plates

A pair of “Made in USA” high quality gas pistons

A nylon quick-release mattress strap

Complete set of 3 illustrated instruction books, “Construction Guide”, “Assembly Guide” and “Cutting Guide”

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.

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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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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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Check out our customer gallery to see how other fellow DIY’ers have built their Easy DIY Murphy beds!

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